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Dear Anonymous, thank you

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Every Christmas for the last 12 or so years, I have received an anonymous gift at my place of business.

It arrives in varied ways at Simon’s Hairstyling on South Osborne. I have kept the gifts in storage and this year decorated the shop with them for the first time.

A mysterious someone with a sense of prankish mischief takes the time to put together a presentation on a slate, most always a Santa or tiny wrapped assorted pretend presents, sometimes a sleigh full of them and other Christmas trinkets.

There is always a message about me being bad and not worthy of a gift, maybe next year. Sometimes there’s a warning to children to not be like Simon. Always a lump of coal, which I’m told is a good omen representing good luck.

My clients and I are very amused by this charming thoughtfulness. I have over the years played a few pranks of my own in the community, but nothing as elaborate and lasting as this. I’ve been had. Anonymous, you win, no contest.

Thank you. Your kindness, your sense of mystery and intrigue is much appreciated. I bow to you. You have made my Christmases so much more memorable. I wait patiently for next year.

— Simon Ungarian

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