I guess I can at least UNDERSTAND what happened if you were doing less frequent pickups around then, and I really hate the idea that I probably come across as whining here... but though I have an idea nohb
fof how it happened and know it wasn't malicious, nor something as absurd as having been singled out or anything absurd like that, I still can't help but feel really disappointed about it (and yes, that world's smallest violin you're playing sounds beautiful) as really feel it could have been handled a lot better (though I don't exactly expect sympathy of any sort, I also don't intend any offence or ill-will as a result.)
Perhaps though, maybe next time you anticipate such a hectic shopping day/week/whatever, you can pick up package forwarding orders placed ahead of time, a day or two before (or mayb even better, the day OF), and just set them aside to be processed first. That way earlier, general purchases aren't massively (and somewhat unfairly) delayed by later sales rushes? Just a card for the old suggestions box and i apologize if that sounds like myself dictating to you how things ought to be run.
Regardless, Merry Christmas, as I very likely won't be around to post until the new year. And who knows... if you manage to find the game soon enough and send it, my little brother may be able to forward it to where I'm staying express... unfortunately he can't make it because his work involves some important government and commercial contracts for snow removal. Everything would have to go perfectly to even have a chance at it working out but maybe I'll be witnessing a (almost negligibly tiny lol) Christmas miracle heh. If you do get to it sometime soon and you need additional shipping funds... I may not be around at the time but hopefully you know I'd always square things up when I get the chance without even the slightest foot-dragging. Though after my recent posts I'd completely understand if you felt unwilling to do so.
But in case I don't have a chance to post again or otherwise talk to you before the holidays, I hope you and your wife and the rest of your family have a great one