December 13, 2012

Wrapping Christmas Presents

POP QUIZ
Do you wrap your kids presents from Santa?
The last two years we did and it looked really nice under our tree for a few weeks but this year it's a no brainer:  NO.

Two years ago Wells was just a bitty baby and she pretty much got a check in her stocking and a few baby items all wrapped up just for her.  It was perfect.  Last year, she was 16 months old and about to be a big sister.  Everyone went all out for her and all her gifts were stylishly wrapped under the tree.  She was much more interested in unwrapping presents than opening and playing with her gifts.  
Of course.

This year is Tagg's first Christmas and he and Wells are sharing real estate under my parents tree with their cousin Graham.  The bounty will be placed in neat little piles all out in the open.
Less mess.

21 comments:

  1. We don't wrap gifts from Santa, and place them in specific areas for both my girls. My parents always did this as well.

    Gifts from family members are wrapped though.

    Save yourself the hassle! It's already hard to put everything together and organize it.

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  2. We have never wrapped Santa gifts. It is more exciting to walk into the room Christmas morning and see some things set out that you were hoping for :)

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  3. Our kids (and there are 4!) each get 1 gift from Santa. It is usually thier big ask and it is always unwrapped. They get 2 more wrapped presents from us and that's it. 3 gifts each total. After all Jesus only got 3 gifts so why would our kids get more when it's his birthday! -Just our thoughts and has seemed to keep things under control for us. (of course the grandparents don't follow this rule! haha!) Merry! Merry! -Ann (birdsofafeatherdesign.com)

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  4. I've never heard of people not wrapping gifts! I definitely see that it saves some hassle but I love the tradition and excitement of it so think I will wrap them for my future children!

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  5. We do wrap them. When my older daughter was little (5 or 6)she asked why Santa's presents were wrapped in the same paper as mine. I surprised myself by how quickly I came up with, "Santa sometimes runs out of wrapping paper and I always leave mine out in case he needs it." She still talks about how convinced she was.

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  6. I have no kids but saw an idea on Pinterest I thought was super cute. Each kids gifts are wrapped in "their" specific wrapping paper. Then at the bottom of their stocking is a small gift wrapped in the same paper so they then know which presents are theirs. Just an idea!

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  7. santa HATES wrapping my kids gifts!! fine with me!!

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  8. Growing up, we always wrapped Santa Gifts. Each child got a different color/styled wrapping paper. Then stockings were placed in front of each pile so we knew what paper went to which kid.

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  9. O wow. I have never heard of not wrapping Santa's gifts! I guess it does make life a whole lot easier!

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  10. No wrapping here! I love the expression as they walk into the room and see their gifts from Santa in front of the tree. Santa likes to set them up ready for play and that definitely doesn't allow for wrapping when it's a big playmobil structure, tent or train set!

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  11. Santa's presents are never wrapped at our house. Makes walking into the living room to see what he left even more exciting because there it is just smiling at you!

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  12. We haven't at our house for years (I explained that Santa was trying to be "green" - it had nothing to do with mom wanting to have one less Christmas chore, of course). But this year my girls, 9 & 6, asked Santa if he would please wrap his gifts!! I think they think that unwrapped gifts are anticlimactic and unwrapping paper makes the whole gift opening last longer.

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  13. Not Wrapped? Never have I ever heard of this. Everything is wrapped. I just asked my 15 year old about the not wrapping and he was like....what, no it has to be wrapped that's the fun of wondering what's inside the package. We're from New York so maybe its a NY thing, but we all wrapped every single gift! Always have.

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  14. Santa only brings each child one gift, we give the rest. we wrap the ones from us. Santa doesn't wrap gifts.

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  15. Depends on how lazy I am. This year I'm really not wanting to wrap anything. I usually just leave Santa's gift unwrapped though. Love the check idea - Izzy would KILL ME though :D

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  16. Santa sacks are all the rage in Australia. Stuff it all in and it's done! That is of course, except for the big items like bikes etc which sit beside each child's sack. My kids are too switched on to not recognize paper! Small house = few hiding places!

    Merry Christams!

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  17. Santa wraps his gifts in plain red paper at our house. I'm hoping it will buy me a year of magic. Santa and parent's gifts in the same wrapping paper is what did it in for me!

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  18. Growing up, my Santa gifts were not wrapped. My sister and I had our own designated "areas," her's being the chair and mine the couch. It was SO fun to walk in on Christmas morning knowing Santa had left those things out for us. We would dump out our stockings, play with those toys (usually the big items) for a while, enjoy the morning, and then open wrapped gifts from family members.

    My parents also had a few gifts wrapped under the tree from "Mom and Dad" but they were small items like books and what not.

    Now that I'm 25, it's a stocking and then open presents. I will do the same thing for my kids one day and leave the Santa presents unwrapped. I think I definitely would have recognized my mom's handwriting and wrapping paper.

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  19. I think wrapping is all part of the presentation. I love the wrapping as much as the gift!
    pve

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  20. My parents never wrapped Santa gifts, they were always piled together in a special location for each of us. Then we would have wrapped gifts under the tree from mom and dad. I don't plan to wrap my future kids Santa gifts

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