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Christmas Fun & Prizes!


By Jessie

My how quickly time flies. One minute you’re licking hot cross bun crumbs from your lips, and quietly dying a death by 1000 paper cuts from mid-year tax time receipts.

Another blink of the eye and strange children dressed feebly in bedraggled sheets and limp cardboard cone hats are knocking at your front door demanding sweets – and before you can say “be gone you ragamuffins, and take your malodorous pirate pooch with you”, the saintly sounds of carols comes a-creeping through the window.

And so the Christmas juggernaut begins!  

Ah, Christmas. The one time of year that should be joyous, peaceful and filled with light, love and laughter can for many, be a time of great stress and misery. It’s no revelation that what was originally conceived as a time of divine devotion, reflection and goodwill to all has sadly transformed into an orgiastic commercial frenzy, with the constant pressures to buy the best gifts, host the best lunch, have the best family, [insert your particular pressure here]… 

But here at YouPlay, we have a strict Christmas policy to consciously curb the retail madness and spiritual sadness; instead returning to the true meaning of the season. No matter what your story – religion, age, gender, background – at YP you can take a breather from the turmoil, relax and unwind, and feel secure in our community of like-minded friends – even if it’s just for an hour or two!

‘Cause for us here at YouPlay, Christmas is community. And over the next couple of weeks, I hope you’ll enjoy celebrating with some fun events and activities, including our very special Wall of Wishes. Play our Seven Games of Christmas for the chance to post your very own holiday message on the Wall – and read what others have to say (sure to bring a smile to your face after the horror of receiving another 300 store catalogues in the mailbox).

Speaking of community, if you didn’t get the chance to download the Christmas e-book from last year, you can do so here. Filled with contributions from YouPlay members including holiday recipe ideas, hints and tips to make life easier, stories and poems, it’s a great reference – and completely free! 

But it wouldn’t be a YP Christmas without a present or two from us, and this year, we’re giving you the chance to win VISA gift cards in our ever-popular Holiday Hunt. Twenty items have been removed from our festive scene and hidden around the site. Search the pages of YouPlay to find them – the first subscriber (Premium Member) to do so will win a $500 Visa gift card – and four non-subscribers will win VISA prizes too!

Visit the Holiday Hunt and learn more about the competition here.

Off you go then, and start exploring the Seven Games of Christmas and the Holiday Hunt. But check back here next week – we’ve still got more exciting surprises in store!

Jessie x

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Christmas Fun & Prizes!

December 09, 2009 at 12:33 PM

I still have 2 items to go so I guess I'm not going to win but it was fun anyway! I'm still going to look for the last 2 now I know that they are around somewhere.

tonianne said:
December 09, 2009 at 6:41 PM

Now Laroo! Half the fun of Xmas is waiting for the goodies to arrive. Remember when you were a kid ? It was so exciting counting down the days until Christmas. Think of the wait like it was then. :)

mpenu said:
December 10, 2009 at 8:49 AM

all some

December 13, 2009 at 11:55 AM

I finally found the last item today. Too late I'm sure but all in the spirit of Christmas. Congratulations to all who finished in time!

pbwatson said:
December 15, 2009 at 3:31 AM

I'd like to know where to find just 1 item... I can't even find the hints! It must be over...

sheen4him said:
December 18, 2009 at 5:05 PM

Ok, I found one on Dec 16th and can't find anymore. Are they gone? It's supose to last until the 25th, and I need a break from shopping! Anyone?

sheen4him said:
December 20, 2009 at 11:35 AM

I actually found another one! Maybe you only get one a day?

December 20, 2009 at 1:03 PM

sheen try repeatedly refreshing the page you found the item on. My favourites were the lucky member and the hunt page itself. More usually turn up on the same its not one per day. They are all available now. have fun

sheen4him said:
December 21, 2009 at 10:18 AM

I did it! I found them all. Even though I started the game on the 16th and I'm not even eligible to win because I'm in the USA, I can't pass up a good challenge! Merry Christmas one and all!

Georgia71 said:
December 21, 2009 at 1:33 PM

way to go - it's a great feeling when you find the last one !