Wrapping Presents?

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Wrapping Presents?

We personally don't celebrate Santa here, but I know lots of you do. I was just wondering and thought it would be neat to see how you all are doing Santa's gifts. Do you wrap them? Are they not wrapped? Oh and do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?

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As I said we don't celebrate Santa here. But we do wrap all the presents. Nothing is unwrapped. I think at our house it would be more chaotic if they were unwrapped. Oh and we open a gift on Christmas Eve. We use to open my DH's birth mom's gifts. For several years though we had no contact with her. So last year we started a tradition of opening one gift total and that gift is a game of some sort. I know over the years the games will change and the games we have now may be too young for them when they get older. So some will get donated making room for the new ones.

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We wrap everything. Mason is just getting to the age of understanding Santa, and we are doing Santa. We've always wrapped everything, and my Mom always wrapped everything, so to me it seems weird to have things under the tree unwrapped. DH lets me open a gift on xmas eve because my mom always let me, and I think we will do the same for the boys in a couple years when they have a bit more grasp on the holidays. We aren't putting anything under the tree until after they go to bed xmas eve, because Mason totally understands what presents are and will want to open all of them as soon as he sees them, not to mention the cats always chew on any bows and ribbon they find lol.

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LOL I understand the NOT putting the presents under the tree. That's why we don't either. For both BIG and little kids.

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I never did santa as a kid, but DH did, so it is all new to me. Last year we had some gifts out unwrapped that were from Santa, and then some wrapped stuff from us and the grandparents. Of course we only have Isla, so maybe once we have more than one kid it will be more difficult to have unwrapped santa gifts. This year we will probably put some santa gifts out after she goes to bed.

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I use to put all of them out when it was just Christian. Then after Dakota and Eli came along and got a little older we started putting all of them up. They were too tempted to touch them.

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We always did Santa gifts growing up; nothing was opened before 6:00 AM Christmas Day; everything was wrapped. They were the only presents we were able to open before our parents got up... and our parents slept in until late morning. So we were able to unwrap Santa gifts first thing in the morning, eat our stocking candy, and play with our Santa toys... and then after breakfast, we had family time together and did family gift-unwrapping. That method really helped pace things a bit-- both for them and for us, lol.

We're still not entirely sure what to do about the whole Santa thing for DS1. This year, even before Thanksgiving, the kids at the campus daycare he occasionally attends were talking about Christmas, and so he's been all about "Christmas Bells" and "Christmas Trees" and "Santa Claus" and etc. for quite a while now. He doesn't quite understand a whole lot about it, except that it has to do with pretty lights and big yard decorations, so we're able to get off easy this year... but next year will be harder, and we'll have to figure out what our approach will be. I've never really met anyone IRL who grew up without Santa, so it feels odd to be tempted to deprive him of that experience.

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