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WOW! what a great year!
We ended up with almost 600 participants this year, and while that is a bit less than in previous years.....it also happened in less time! (The site is still up and functional for a few more days for that last minute gift giving spree) :D

Don't forget to post photos of the gifts you received this year, if you haven't already! It is the perfect way to thank your Secret Santa!

I want to thank my newest elf....coder extraordinaire +David Butler, who stepped in at the last moment to save us, when our previous coder started a business and was inundated with her own work.

Also a big thank you to my 3 returning elves. +Lori Friedrich, +Kyla Myers and +LaDonna Pride.

We will be shutting down the gplussanta.com* website on Jan 5th so David can begin work on the bigger better **mobile-friendly** site we are planning for next year.*

Plan to meet us back here on October 1st for the 2016 Secret Santa season...which we hope will be the best ever!

Thank you to everyone who joined us this year! We love you and look forward to seeing you in 2016!

edit: changed the ending date :)
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Neither of mine posted about their gifts...I agree; wish people would so I'd at least know they got to the right person! A bit disappointing but still lots of fun to do.
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See you next year, Friends! Just a reminder that we will be closing down the website on Jan 5th and will begin revamping the site for next year. 
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These are the stories that the Elves and I just love to share. This is a beautiful example of a caring individual selflessly giving a gift that is appreciated more than they could possibly have known.

You make us proud. <3
 
My teary eyed thank you I didn't get to post last night...

...this was a +Secret Santa​​​ #santagift

Most of you know I'm a single momma on a tight budget. Christmas for my kids at my house was going to be a little harder this year. I try to get them each one big thing and then a few little things like I did last year. My boyfriend really helped out a lot too. One of the things my oldest daughter wanted was a sewing machine, a $20 one from Walmart to be exact. But she uses a sewing machine in a cabinet at her grandma's house, she could use a real one if she had one. So I put this on my wish list on a whim...

Tonight at dinner she says, "Man, I really hope I get a $20 sewing machine for Christmas. You know how much stuff I could make with a real one kinda like that?" The thing is, it isn't the sewing machine that breaks my heart, it's the fact she keeps saying $20. Like that's the magic number, she knows it's not too expensive for mom to buy. I looked at my mom and smiled, because my Secret Santa did my daughter a good one. She gets a really nice sewing machine for Christmas. I can't wait to see her face and all the stuff she's gonna make.

Thank you so very much, I love you #motherplussers!

Jeebus, I didn't think I'd start crying all over again. 

#GplusSanta 
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She so is! I'll definitely be posting about it! I'll tag +Secret Santa​ when I do. 
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Each of you has within you the potential to be Santa Claus. 
When I was a kid, I did what all kids eventually do. I figured out that Santa Claus was my parents. One by one, my friends figured it out, too. Some of them were outraged, some disappointed; none were happy about it. Being an odd kid, I was just sort of confused about it, but I kept playing ...
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See that smile? This is what +Secret Santa is all about. Share the love.
 
+Secret Santa and Josh Crain.....Thank you SO much for the #santagift   from our Secret Santa list!!!!! You just made this boys night!!!! =) =) =) 
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this is great , Merry Christmas to all. God bless all you little helpers and secret Santas, i will try again next year maybe with more luck :) 
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One last reminder.....we are shutting down the website tomorrow!
 
See you next year, Friends! Just a reminder that we will be closing down the website on Jan 5th and will begin revamping the site for next year. 
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The Elves and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for participating in Secret Santa this year. We wish you a very happy holiday and a wonderful New Year. 
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No gift here. 
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ONE DAY LEFT

IF you have Amazon Prime there is ONLY one day left for free 2 day shipping!

Of course you can still send digital gifts and gift cards :) and after Christmas surprises are amazing and fun too!

But if you want to send a physical gift before Christmas Day you only have today and tomorrow!
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everyone in my family is on the naughty list too, maybe next time :) 
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Santa agrees!
With the holidays approaching, experiencing high stress levels is inevitable. A new study reveals a simple and cost-free way to de-stress: performing acts of kindness.
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this is true if im out and i see a homeless person i dont care if its my last cent i give it to them wish i could do more to help others but unfortuneately i cant due to income but when i have  extra i pay it forward .one morning i was able to pay it forward at mcdonalds drive thru i paid for mine plus 2 cars behind me 
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Time is running out!
If you have Amazon Prime there are 6 shopping days left....if you don't...it may be too late.

We are up to 570 wishlists!
Getting a gift is great. Giving a gift is AWESOME!
Add and browse wishlists here: http://goo.gl/EfOCct

This year for Secret Santa, we've streamlined our process (and website) to make it easier than ever before.

New this year – How-to video on managing your wishlists:
http://goo.gl/lUCzLd

Santa gifts are beginning to roll in! Please remember to share a photo of your gift, add #SantaGift and tag Santa and his elves. That gives us all a chance to bask in the warmth of this, my favorite season!!!

Here's how it works:
- Go to GPlusSanta.com here: http://goo.gl/EfOCct
- Sign in with Google on the sign up page.
- Add your wishlist with an explanation of why Secret Santa is important to you. (remember my elves have to verify your list before it will show up on the main page)
- Search, browse, and gift your friends or a stranger!

Create your Amazon wishlist here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist

Find your Amazon wishlist link here:
https://goo.gl/ieCby7

Make sure you add a shipping address! Instructions in this video: http://goo.gl/vCzvWR
or this slide show:
https://goo.gl/KBIW7r

After you register, one of my elves has to verify your wishlist. If after several hours you do not see your list on the main page, please contact an elf....there may be a problem.

If you need any help, remember to + mention Secret Santa or one of our elves:

+Kyla Myers
+LaDonna Pride
+Lori Friedrich

Happy Secret Santa 2015! #GplusSanta #SecretSanta 
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If you have entered all your information on the Secret Santa sign-up....and then gone looking for your list, but cannot find it....there are 2 possible reasons. 1) an elf hasn't been over to verify new registrations. or 2) your list has a problem.

We try to verify new registrations in a timely manner....so be a little patient. If you don't see your list after several hours (a bit longer if it is over night...we do sleep occasionally) ;) please send a private message to my elves to check what is up with your list. +Kyla Myers, +Lori Friedrich, and +LaDonna Pride are here to help.

We have several lists we cannot verify and have been unable to contact the plusser to get the information corrected.
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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!
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A lovely story of giving from one of our many elves.
 
Sometimes, the G+ +Secret Santa thing can make for a very good story.

The first year I participated in Secret Santa here on Google+, I sent something that I wanted for myself to someone else. That thing was a Doctor Who Journal of Impossible Things. I loved the way it was done, and what I saw of the pages within looked magical and fun.

So after I sent it, I added it to my own wish list. I thought I'd get it at some point, but I wasn't in a rush.

Yesterday, I received my very own Journal via the awesome +Murphy Jacobs. I haven't been able to send out any gifts this year because of a few unexpected expenses (£400 for my car to be road safe again among them), so I wasn't expecting anything, and this particular gift brought a happy tear, not only because of the thoughtfulness of it, but because of the story. Google+ retains its magic, and that's because it retains the people that makes it magical. People like Santa, his elves, and +Murphy Jacobs :D

Thank you!

#SantaGift
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Thank you for letting us know, +terrie diaz 
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Create and share wishlists with the Google+ Community!
Introduction
Tis the season for giving! Here is where Google+ comes together here to give and receive from Amazon Wishlists. It's simple!

*View the lists here:* http://gplussanta.com/

*How to:*
  1. Create your public wishlist on Amazon: http://goo.gl/eUIwm
  2. Ensure your list has a shipping address and that Amazon is allowed to share with 3rd parties. Here's how:

    https://plus.google.com/113269791493257695508/posts/UgjSvAnYZjB
  3. Grab the link to your wishlist. Here's how to find it:

    https://plus.google.com/113269791493257695508/posts/iRQmx8Kq8nC
  4. Add your list: http://gplussanta.com/gplus-secret-santa-registration

    Once added you can look for other people's lists to give gifts - http://gplussanta.com/choose-recipients

When you receive a gift, don't forget to post a picture with the hashtags #SantaGift and #GPlusSanta.

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This years elves are Kyla Myers, Sean Cowen, LaDonna Pride, Sean Guenther and Lori Friedrich. Secret Santa was created by Carter Gibson.
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