πŸŒŸπŸŽ„ MY SECRET SANTA GIFT CAME & IF YOU THINK I DIDN'T CRY YOU HAVEN'T READ ENOUGH OF MY LISTSπŸŽ„πŸŒŸ

YOU GUYS @estherlimtf IS AMAZING EVERYTHING IS AMAZING I LOVE CHRISTMAS I LOVE THIS APP I LOVE EVERYONE IN THIS BAR
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    I have been reading everyone's lists with great anticipation and low-key stalking my mailman, waiting for my package to arrive.
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    Last week we got a ~mysterious package that I thought might be it, but it was addressed to someone named Rita, & I opened it to see if maybe there was a gift note & there had just been some mix-up when it had been ordered.
    It was a porcelain doll of Captain Kirk, which is actually something I'm not unexcited about, but I've never listed about Trek, I don't think, so it struck me as weird. I called the doll company & all they could tell me was that it was ordered as a gift by someone named Rita in KY, but they didn't know who the intended recipient was bc she put her own name + my address. I emailed @ChrisK to make sure this wasn't my Secret Santa (it wasn't) & went back to waiting.
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    Yesterday I was making the components of my Christmas/birthday cake when the mail arrived. No packages. 😟
    Yes, yesterday, but I didn't have a chance to finish this list until just now.
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    BUT THEN as I stood at the stove, I looked up, and saw the mailman pulling up in front of our house! He got out of his truck, carrying two packages!
    (The mailboxes in my neighborhood are on people's porches/doors rather than on the street, so he usually delivers packages & then puts all the letters in his bag and walks around to deliver them. I guess he did it backward yesterday.)
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    I made @crackdkettle get the door (I was covered in flour), & then attacked her as soon as the mailman left. One of the packages was indeed for me!!
    @crackdkettle's dog, Abbie, was also excited.
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    I thought for about 3.5 seconds about waiting until the today/the 25th to open it, but it smelled sooo good I had to at least peek! Also when I opened the package, it was in such a prettily-wrapped shoebox I couldn't resist.
    I am very appreciative of gift wrapping.
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    Here's what was inside!
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    The loveliest card!
    Obviously reading this was when the first tears were shed.
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    Postcards from Scotland, where @estherlimtf currently lives!
    I have always wanted to visit Scotland! & one of the postcards shows a train from Harry Potter, and on the back of them...
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    Lists!
    About what she got me & how she felt when she got my name (which yes, made me cry) & best of all, book recs (on the back of a postcard of the Harry Potter train!!) (ps @estherlimtf, I can't believe I didn't put fantasy on my list because I love it too, so that aspect is totally perfect)! Some of the authors I've heard of, but have never gotten around to reading, so I can't wait to visit my library and request allll of these!
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    Crisps!
    I LOVE crisps & love that I have all these new & unusual (for me) flavors to try. I feel like prawn cocktail flavored crisps come up all the time in British tv that I watch and I have wanted to try them for so long?! & I've never had haggis, but @crackdkettle has, so I'm going to make her tell me if the flavor is accurate.
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    Candy!
    Seriously you do not even understand how much I love Bueno?!? I freaked out when I saw these. & the rest are things I've heard of but have never been available to me, so I'm super thrilled about trying them all!
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    Tea & coffee from The Elephant Cafe & a mug from the Edinburgh Christmas Market!
    I do love Earl Grey, & Columbian coffee is one of my very favorites! For those of you who don't know, The Elephant Cafe is where JK Rowling wrote Harry Potter & the Philosopher's (/Sorcerer's) Stone, & I totally cried just thinking about having something from there, which probably means I should never be allowed to visit.
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    Body wash & scented candles!
    Omg I wish you guys could smell all of these through the app. The body wash smells just like actual raspberries & vanilla, and I totally spent 5 minutes in the shower just smelling it (don't worry; I turned the tap off #drought). And the candles are perfectly scented & I just burned up the last of my stash, so their arrival was amazingly timed! One is called Wooden Heart & smells of tea tree & cedar & citrus, & the other is Pimento & Cranberry & is fruity & spicy, & both are DIVINE.
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    Polaroids!
    Around Edinburgh & the Christmas market & one of the wall in The Elephant House & a selfie at the bus stop & I πŸ’– these so so much. I love Polaroids, and I put these up already on the wall by my desk, so I have pretty things to look at as I work.
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    Gingerbread cookies!
    They survived!! And they're DELICIOUS. I already ate several with Earl Grey. I adore gingerbread cookies, but I rarely make them because my family doesn't really like them, so these were especially exciting.
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    @estherlimtf I seriously cannot thank you enough for all of this. It was so sweet & so thoughtful & so kind of you to put so much of yourself into this gift. I know I overused the word perfect in this list, but it truly was. I am so thankful for you and for this app and the way it has brought us (& all of us together).
    I hope you are having a wonderful holiday with your family in Australia, & enjoying the summer before you have to go back to cold Scotland!
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    And of course, a world of thanks to @ChrisK, our ListApp Santa Claus, for taking the time to organize this & helping give us all a magical Christmas.