Secret Santa with it's 8770 followers and 23,107 +1's have set out to proof us wrong.
But Santa and his Elf's, all eight of them, don't stop there. They are out to make Christmas a nicer time for all of us.
How it all started
Secret Santa was started from humble beginnings. A few people who got to know each other on Google+ decided to organize a gift exchange between themselves but as they considered all the people they should include they realized it might be bigger than they thought. And so the Secret Santa page was born.
I had seen Secret Santa already last year but just kind of passed by. After a year of helping my husband fight cancer and see the out pour of love, I decided it is time for me to pay forward the love.
+Secret Santa last 2011
In 2011 over 1,000 wishlists, [ Number of wishlists 2012: 1,704 ] sent over a thousand gifts, and was followed by more than 5,000 people - all on Google+. There were countless stories of someone who donated money to charity, was able to give their children toys, or the community rallying behind a good soul and getting them a gift it they would have never asked for but deserved.
Carter Gibson, creator of Secret Santa, told me: "The exact number of gifts is too hard to estimate. But we can assume that about 50% of people receive at least one gift based on what people tell us. That's ballpark, but based on last year's numbers, that's around 750 gifts assuming that the average number of gifts is around 1.2."
This year they were able to even start tracking presents to a certain extend. You get a little Santa Hat for a send present, a grey gift box for incoming gift, and a blue gift box for a received present.
The help, shares, and love this one cause is receiving is just amazing with an average of 46 comments per post, an average of 60 re-shares per post, and and average of 85 +1's per post Secret Santa event became a trending Topics of Google plus.
It is easy to join the movement.
How to participate
Tis the season for giving! Here is where the Google+ community comes together --to give and receive via Amazon Wishlists during the holidays. It's simple!