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Mumsnet Secret Santa's most heartwarming moments

Every year, the launch of the Mumsnet Secret Santa marks the point when your generosity and appreciation for one another takes centre stage. Take a look at these memorable moments from Christmases past - and spread some festive joy by nominating a fellow Mumsnetter this year

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"At the risk of making an Oscars-type speech, I have appreciated the support of so many people on Mumsnet this year since the sudden death of my DH. To be nominated for a present made me cry, and today I arrived home to find a package. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your kindness and generosity. I am overwhelmed by the fact that a stranger would want to do this for us and am so very grateful. Thank you."

"When I see the wonderful, giving and selfless posters of Mumsnet, I feel truly humbled and know I could never measure up to them. It is wonderful to be part of a community that displays the very best side of human nature."

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"Your outstanding generosity has completely bowled me over and I can't quite put into words how I felt when I opened your gift. I was already so shocked and emotional at receiving a nomination in the first place, but this has totally finished me off. You have made my year - a year that has been blighted by multiple, unexpected bereavements. To think that someone who does not even know me could be so extraordinarily generous is just so very moving. You are clearly one of life's givers - I only hope that you are appreciated and treasured by those close to you in your life, for you must be a very special person indeed. You join the anonymous person who nominated me in a treasured part of my heart."


"Even though I have no clue what is in the gift or who sent it, I am so deeply grateful. After a crappy year of struggling with being a single mum, facing cancer, severe breathing problems and general poo, I am seeing the light and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for making it brighter. 2014 will be an amazing year and this is a wonderful start. Thank you again."

"I really, really want to say how grateful I am for being nominated and for the person who sent me the gift. I've been on my knees more than once, and turned to Mumsnet when I'd reached breaking point and was no longer coping with it all. I cannot put into words how much Mumsnet has helped me. When I got told I was nominated, I burst into tears. It was the first time something nice had happened 'just because' for years. It was a gesture that meant something huge. I actually can't express what an uplift it gave me."

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"I would like to say a huge thank you to whoever nominated me, I feel so very humbled. This year has been one of the most horrendous I would ever have thought possible. And finally, all is coming together... how amazing both Mumsnet and those who sail in her are."

"I would just like to say a massive thankyou to the wonderful lady who sent me my gift. It couldn't have arrived on a better day! I gave birth to my daughter on December 9th after being induced on the 6th. I had three days of pain and exhaustion which ended in an EMCS. DD was fine and a rather respectable 6lbs 13.5oz at 38 +4 weeks. We came home from the hospital on the 11th and are currently starting to get to know each other. Your gift came this morning after a long night of no sleep and a very unsettled baby. It has made me feel much better and ready to take on the day."

baby santa

"I would like to thank, hug and ruffle the gorgeous hair of the bloody lovely MNer who has sent me two packages. My DCs are so happy for me, to have someone from Mumsnet (where I spend too much a lot of time!) do something so fantastically kind for me."

"I'm here to confirm safe arrival of my parcel and many tears over your kindness, you hideously kind and generous person. I can honestly say that Tuesday was the hardest day of my life - but to come home to that envelope really just broke me. Thank you kind stranger, thank you. I will be raising a glass to you on Christmas day."


"The kindness of strangers and the people on Mumsnet got me through the darkest place I have ever been. Without you, I am not sure I would be here posting this. The Mumsnet Secret Santa is the epitome of this kindness, and I am really thankful to have been thought of. Merry Christmas everyone."

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