What Is SneakySanta.Com?
SneakySanta.Com is an online secret santa generator for family, friends, and coworkers.
You can create a group, send out invitations, draw names, share wishlists, and even send
each other "Sneaky" messages!
Set up secret santa rules in your group so that spouses can't draw each other's names or any other rules for the name drawing that
you'd like. Feel free to share the kid's wishlists and choose whether you want to include them
in your name drawing or not. It's great for families that are spread out or that have grown
to the point that drawing names would be more budget friendly. It is also
perfect for those groups of friends or coworkers who like to add a little fun to
the Christmas season. On top of all that, it is way cooler than pulling names out
of a hat!
How It Began
Way back in 2001 SneakySanta.Com founder Michael Jones' family decided that the
family had grown to a point that drawing names would be a good idea for everyone's
gift giving budgets. Michael was a web developer so of course he decided to try
and make an online way to do it. It worked great since the family was spread over
a few states. After putting together some name drawing code, a way for the family
members to enter gift ideas for themselves, and a method to display a few family
pictures, a new family tradition was born. Over the next few years improvements were
made here and there to the site until we decided it might be something that other
people might enjoy using. Since then the site has grown and is now a fun part of the Christmas
tradition for families and friends worldwide.
Why We Celebrate Christmas
For us, Christmas is a birthday party. It is the day that we celebrate the birth
of Jesus Christ. We believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that he died on the
cross to reconcile us with God. Why would we need that? Consider this very simplistic
scenario. Imagine you have a friend that is consistently being treated poorly by
someone. In addition, your friend has gone out of their way to help this particular
person who keeps turning right around and abusing your friend. What advice would
you give your friend? Most of us would at least suggest to our friend that they
get that person out of their life. Some might even suggest that they do something
to get back at the person who has been treating them poorly. We would expect our friend
not to tolerate someone treating them that way.
Now, the Creator of the Universe and all mankind is consistently treated poorly
by all of us. He only asks that we trust him and obey the commands he passed
down to us which are for our own good anyway. He created us, so he knows exactly
what would be best for us. Of course, we don't see it that way. We want to do things
our own way. We want to be in charge. Trusting Him is not what we want to do, and
we think we know better. As a result, we treat Him very poorly and we do not do the
one simple thing he asks of us. Trust and rely on Him. What should we expect Him to
do about that? Well, He loves us so much that He doesn't want to be out of our lives,
and He doesn't want to see us suffer because He is not in our lives.
He gave us a way out, even though He knows that we will keep on treating him poorly.
He asks that we believe in His son, Jesus, who was given to us as a way to make things right with Him.
He gave that gift to us, no matter how many times we do things that hurt Him.
Of course there is much more to it than this but plain English works best for us
here. A great book written by Chronicles of Narnia author, C.S. Lewis, named Mere
Christianity is one of our favorites if you'd like to read a "non-preachy"
book from someone who was once an Atheist and found Christianity to be the answer
Why You Celebrate Christmas
Maybe you celebrate for much the same reason we do. Maybe you don't share our beliefs
at all, but Christmas is about family, holiday traditions, presents, or all of the
above. It has certainly become a holiday that means those things and more to many,
many, people. Whatever it is about Christmas that is most meaningful to you, we
thank you for sharing a part of it with us!