Wednesday, December 13, 2006


I have been mulling over how best to rename, in a nonpartisan spirit, the double-blind gift-swapping custom known to some believers as Secret Santa. A friend once reported that she worked at an office where the event was known as: Secret Holiday Elf. That seems cumbersome. More recently my loving partner Ereck told me that at his workplace they call it Secret Snowflake, which frankly is a little eerie.

So what's a better option? My first idea was to strip away all pretense of secularism and call it: Secret Jesus. You must admit that has a ring to it. My coworker Mike suggested the anagram route in coming up with: Secret Satan. Which also has a ring to it.

But Ereck came up with the best solution of all: Secret Santana.

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