Christmas is inching closer day by day and we are can’t wait to indulge in our favourite cookies and fruitcakes while exchanging gifts with family, colleagues or friends. But it isn’t Christmas if we haven’t played our favourite festive game Secret Santa!
A festive tradition derived from the Christian tradition, it is known by the same name in the USA and the United Kingdom, but as Kris Kringel in Ireland, in Canada and Australia and Manita-Manito in the Philippines.
So, how do we play Secret Santa?
The rules of this widely popular game are very simple starting from drawing a random name from a hat and then gifting a group member anonymously, within a price limit set by all. The catch of the game is, after receiving the present the person has to guess who gave it to them in the first place.
This game is also popularly referred to Stealing Secret Santa, White Elephant, Yankee Swap and Grab Bag.
Yankee Swap is an altered version where players take turns and can either open a new gift or steal a previously opened gift, making the game more interesting.
It is believed that philanthropist, Larry Dean Stewart, is the “original Secret Santa” who came up with the idea of giving anonymous gifts during the holidays. He secretly donated $100 bills to people in Kansas for 25 years, according to USA TODAY. In 2006, the secret behind "Secret Santa" was finally revealed.
These days, Secret Santa can also be played online!
So, whose Secret Santa are you this year?