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The Emotional Stages Of Participating In A Secret Santa

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1. The "OMG WE'RE HAVING A SECRET SANTA" Stage

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The presents?! The secrecy?! This will be epic.

2. The "Leader Making Sure Everyone Is Following The Rules" Stage

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They want it to be successful, but YOU MUST STAY UNDER THE LIMIT.

3. The "It's Time To Draw Names!" Stage

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AKA the scariest two minutes that will determine your ENTIRE holiday season (kinda).

4. Leading to the "I Got Exactly Whom I Wanted" Stage

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Smooth sailing from here. Merry Christmas to you!

5. Or the "I Drew THE ONLY Person I Don't Know" Stage

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Who that works in what? No.

6. Thus begins the "Let's Go To Social Media For ALL The Answers" Stage

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Their relationship status, past jobs, literally anything for a gift idea.

7. Or the "Grilling Another Co-Worker For Suggestions Who Are No Help At All" Stage

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Wow. Thanks. Thought we were in this together!

8. Or finally, the "Inconspicuously Trying To Force An Unlikely Friendship So You Can Find Out What They Like" Stage

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You're just trying to make sure their holiday wishes come true. Not awkward at all.

9. The "I'm Unable To Do Anything Until I Figure This Present Situation Out" Stage

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Think of it as procrastination with holiday cheer! That makes it better, right?

10. The "Do I Believe My Eyes? Did I Just Find The Ultimate Secret Santa Gift??" Stage

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Also known as the moment of complete and utter relief.

11. The "Time To Exchange Gifts And Now I'm Second-Guessing My Gift" Stage

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So many gifts. So many thoughts. They're all so good. Oh god, did you mess up?

12. The "Please, Please, PLEASE Like My Gift" Stage

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Big reveal. All eyes are on you.

13. Which leads to the "They Couldn't Be Happier With Your Perfect Gift" Stage

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Congrats. You won the holidays.

14. Which finally leads to the "I DOMINATED Secret Santa This Year" Stage

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Ain't no secret anymore!!