Thank you so much @jhope71 for the amazing gifts
  1. I joined Secret Santa very reluctantly because, fun fact about me...
  2. I have NEVER successfully participated in a Secret Santa gift exchange
    Actually. This is not to say that I don't fulfill my end of the bargain - I always provide a gift. I just never get one in return. This has happened multiple times throughout my life, always for different reasons and always disappointing.
  3. So when I got a package a couple weeks ago I was too scared to open it
    I made my sisters check it out. They didn't open any of the gifts but peeked at the card and confirmed that it was from my Secret Santa. Still I was too wary to take the plunge and I'm big on the "waiting until Christmas" thing, so I did.
  4. Fast forward to this morning when my entire family tries to pester me into opening the package first
    I refused. I wanted to keep it for last since it was basically the only gift I was receiving that was a surprise. Since our family opens gifts slowly throughout the day, this meant that I would not open it until after dinner/clean up.
  5. Finally finished. It's the only gift left under the tree besides the stuff @amyquispe and her fiancé accidentally left here.
    I go for it. The whole fam is watching...
  6. And it was AMAZING
    !!!
  7. To start there was the lovely card
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    In which Jamie introduced herself and explained that there would be four gifts each with a different purpose - something to wear, something to listen to, something to do, and something related to food.
  8. First, something to listen to
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    Two fantastic mix-tapes, one of Christmas music (yeah I probably should've opened the package earlier, but I generally give myself Christmas music immunity until late January) and one of happy songs. There's a 1D song on one of the CDs. Jamie clearly gets me.
  9. Second, something to wear
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    Super soft scarf and Christmas earrings (again, perhaps a sign I should've opened it earlier, but my sisters and I are always happy to add to our collection of holiday earrings). Dope and doper.
  10. Next, food-related
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    Mostly. I've wanted a cup cozy since I've taken up my season of black tea drinking, and I dig the SC patch. I will find a great place to put it!
  11. Following this, the action was temporarily halted
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    Because my cat realized there was a box just empty enough to crawl inside but just full enough to make him a nuisance
  12. But finally
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    I came to my something to do, which was a BEAUTIFUL coloring book and set of markers. I have just recently decided I should get back to some form of art therapy, so this is just the push I needed.
  13. When I looked at all my gifts
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    I just felt so incredibly blessed. I can't believe there's someone out there who would make such a wonderful, thoughtful gift for a stranger
  14. To conclude
    Thank you so much to @jhope71 and @ChrisK for ending my Secret Santa curse - you guys are the best