Leave it to Millennials to take a good thing and mess it all up! I am truly embarrassed to fall into the same generational category as these snowflakes!
Daily Wire reported that Millennials want to ban the popular Christmas game known as "Secret Santa" according to a new study done by the job-hunting website, Jobsite. They claim that the game is "stressful" and induces anxiety.
“Secret Santa” is, of course, a regular practice among work colleagues during the holidays. It’s often preferred to other practices because organizers can limit the budget spent on gifts, and it doesn’t align with any specific religious holiday, so it doesn’t leave anyone out of the loop (though, of course, jolly ol’ St. Nick is identified with Christmas).
To play, each participant's name is written on a piece of paper and folded into a hat. Then each person takes turns drawing a name. Whoever they draw, as long as it is not their own name, is their "Secret Santa." There is generally a gift limit amount set, such as $50, so that it stays fair across the board.
I find this new report particularly annoying because Secret Santa is one of my favorite games! I suggest it every year! I do a Secret Santa with my cousins and my siblings. Guess what? It actually makes things so much easier on us all, because then we are only buying for one person, rather than 30 people.
Jobsite’s study focused on the “negative effects” of Secret Santa and “it found that some millennials – Yes, of course, it’s millennials – have been suffering from anxiety as a result of their workplace Secret Santa,” reports viral news site Twenty-Two Words.
The study, they say “found that younger workers are often spending more than they can afford on presents for their colleagues” in order to avoid being “judged” for their selection or thought “cheap” by their peers. Even though most Secret Santa groups set a budget, Millennials say they feel pressure to “up their game” in order to fit in with their colleagues.
Twenty-Two Words spoke with a psychologist who defended the snowflake behavior, and said, “I think there’s the potential for the whole range of human emotions, right from humiliation when you give someone a gift. It’s important to us how others feel about our behavior and how it comes across.”
They can cry into their pillow at night about being judged over a festive game if they want, but the rest of us have babies and big families or big offices and can't afford to buy a gift for every single person. So what's the next best thing? Yep, Secret Santa.
I don't know about you, but I will definitely keep playing.