Santa Presents: Wrapped or Unwrapped?
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Posted: 11/20/2012 5:11:32 PM
I know this discussion has occurred here before but a friend of mine doesn't believe that anyone other than my family had unwrapped presents from Santa. We were just talking about Christmas traditions today and I said that presents from Santa under the tree were never wrapped. He had never, ever heard of anyone else doing that. I know that wrapped presents from Santa are probably much more common, but I thought there were still a decent number of people who had Christmases like mine (as an aside, Santa wraps all of the presents for my kids despite how it was done when I was a kid).

Of course he had a tradition that *I* felt was pretty strange--putting the Christmas tree up on Christmase Eve. I remember my mom telling me about people doing it that way when she was a kid (so back in the 20s) but I never knew anyone personally or did that. Hey, maybe I need another poll for that!
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Posted: 11/20/2012 5:13:49 PM
my son gets plain green wrapped santa gifts.

my daughter gets plain red ones.


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Posted: 11/20/2012 5:14:34 PM
When I was a kid they were NEVER wrapped.

But....(DH and) I wrap them for my DD. I always buy special Santa paper. It's fun!

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Posted: 11/20/2012 5:14:44 PM
We would wrap them in "Santa" paper! Our stocking stuff isn't wrapped.


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Posted: 11/20/2012 5:17:52 PM
As kids we always had unwrapped gifts from Santa. I continued the tradition with my kids as my husband has to feed and clean the horses before we open gifts. That gave the kids something to play with while waiting for their dad to get home.


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Posted: 11/20/2012 5:18:17 PM
Unwrapped but inside a big red santa sack.

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Posted: 11/20/2012 5:19:03 PM
Growing up they were unwrapped, because my mom said that most pics/videos of Santa showed unwrapped gifts sticking out of his bag. And from what I recall, that did seem to be true.

Now, I, on the other hand, wrap everything. Because I like watching them unwrap one thing at a time. It slows things down and makes a smaller pile of gift seem to last longer.

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Posted: 11/20/2012 5:19:43 PM

The only place I have ever heard/seen of people putting their trees up Christmas Eve is in the movies. Specifically in A Christmas Story and in the original version of Yours, Mine, Ours.

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Posted: 11/20/2012 5:20:39 PM
Always unwrapped!

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Posted: 11/20/2012 5:21:24 PM
Our kids always got one big gift each from Santa - he always brought the "wow" gift - a play kitchen, a bike, a train set, dollhouse, etc. The other presents (from us) were always wrapped, but the big Santa gift was set up and ready to play with.


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Posted: 11/20/2012 5:21:46 PM
Only a few gifts were from Santa. They were always laid out, set up, and looking cute, around the tree. Everything else wrapped.


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Posted: 11/20/2012 5:22:48 PM
Definitely wrapped (it all happens too fast if there's no paper to take off!!) but they're in the stocking, not under the tree

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Posted: 11/20/2012 5:24:33 PM
I voted wrapped but can't tell if it took my vote.

Santa gifts are wrapped in paper that is not in the family's general wrapping paper place that said child would use to help me wrap Aunt Sally's gift.

Santa has also been known to use different paper for each child. (example: dd1= Barbie wrap, ds1= spiderman wrap, dsd2= winnie the pooh wrap)

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Posted: 11/20/2012 5:27:20 PM
Definitely wrapped, it makes it much more fun IMO. Bigger gifts such as bikes or surfboards are not wrapped.

PS. Your poll is broken - it doesn't register anyone voting for 'Wrapped'. Did you rig it that way LOL???


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Posted: 11/20/2012 5:27:59 PM
Gifts from Santa are unwrapped because you only get one BIG gift from him.

Gifts from everyone else are wrapped. Stocking stuffers are wrapped and unwrapped based on who's giving. My mom always wraps her stocking stuffers, my dad never does.


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Posted: 11/20/2012 5:38:09 PM
I use to wrap them except for the super big ones. Once my little one called me out and asked why the gifts from Santa were wrapped with the same paper as the gifts from us. I told her Santa and his elves were too busy to wrap all the gifts, so we helped him out because we know how much little kids like to "unwrap" gifts.



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Posted: 11/20/2012 5:39:26 PM
No Santa gifts this year. They no longer believe. It all comes from Mom and Dad.

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Posted: 11/20/2012 5:42:13 PM
Wrapped, and Santa's paper is kept hidden carefully away, with any scraps carefully disposed of. Also, printed labels so handwriting doesn't give anything away. (My kids have been too smart for their own good.)

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Posted: 11/20/2012 6:03:55 PM

but most stocking stuffers ARE wrapped...

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Posted: 11/20/2012 6:09:52 PM
Unwrapped as are teh stocking stuffers. In our house Santa only brings one gift for each kid and it is usually something that is requested but not THE gift. That credit goes to mom and dad.


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Posted: 11/20/2012 6:36:14 PM

PS. Your poll is broken - it doesn't register anyone voting for 'Wrapped'. Did you rig it that way LOL???

Hey, I like that idea, wish I had thought of it!

Honestly though, there are definitely wrapped votes that have registered so it's definitely taking them, or at least some of them. Darn though--sounds like my poll isn't going to be very accurate. I can tell by responses so far that there are clearly other families who went unwrapped.

Like someone else mentioned though, I wrap them all unless it's something really big because I like the whole reveal to be gradual and last awhile.


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Posted: 11/20/2012 6:38:11 PM
Well, growing up we weren't allowed to have toys anywhere else in the house, so all our toys were kept in our rooms. Santa left unwrapped toys, on display ready to play with - i.e. dollhouse set up on coffee table, puzzles laid out under the tree, etc.

When I had kids, we lived in a teeny tiny house and the toys were kept in the corner of the livingroom. My MIL came over and told me that her kids grew up with Santa wrapping presents. I was indignant. I said I would do what I grew up with. She pointed to the room and told me that I could do as I chose (ha ha) but if I chose to leave the toys out, they would likely be overlooked as there were so many toys in the room already. I thought about that and was not pleased but went ahead and wrapped the books and some of the smaller things and left the bigger things like a small dollhouse and sled unwrapped and put bows on them. I figure she was not getting her entire way, LOL.

Over the years I just gravitated toward wrapping them. One year I got special Santa wrap, other years I chose special wrap for each child and I think last year I just had the kids pick something out of my wrapping paper stash to "leave out" for the elves to wrap their gifts the night before.

So now Santa wraps. It evolved more also because it stretches out the anticipation and having them open each thing rather than looking and running to play and leaving things behind. It is NOT because MIL suggested or told me to do it that way, LOL.

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Posted: 11/20/2012 7:02:09 PM
We wrap all of our presents. Gifts from Santa are wrapped in special paper that sets them apart from all the others. (They usually have Santas or Elves on the paper)


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Posted: 11/20/2012 7:10:06 PM
Unwrapped growing up

Double wrapped for my kids...I wrap each child's gifts in their "Santa Paper" - different for each one. I then wrap the gift in the "family" paper with no gift tag. On Christmas Eve Santa unwraps the outside layer of the un-tagged gifts leaving the identifying "Santa Paper."

Why do I do it...we have a Christmas Open House every year and the tree looks prettier IMO with lots of gifts beneath it. It also makes it easier to "hide" the gifts. There are always several gifts that don't make it wrapped and I never wrap the stocking presents. My DH's family wrapped everything in the stockings growing up along with every Santa gift.

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Posted: 11/20/2012 7:17:28 PM
Santa left wrapped gifts at my house. He used different paper and labels to match his different handwriting.

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Posted: 11/20/2012 7:19:36 PM
Mine were never wrapped growing up. My kids weren't either before the last two Christmases. Kids are 14, 11 and 8 now.
Last year my DD 13 at the time (a couple of years non- believer) did make a FB status last year saying "That awkward moment when you realize your parents have the same wrapping paper as Santa".


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Posted: 11/20/2012 7:22:34 PM
I have it on good authority that Santa brings the gifts Mommy doesn't want to wrap because they are odd shaped He also doesn't wrap stocking stuffers.

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Posted: 11/20/2012 7:27:12 PM
As a kid, mine were always unwrapped so I didn't want to wrap them for my kids. Husband's were wrapped so he wanted to wrap them for the kids.
Maybe this is lazy, but it's just extra work and I'm sure Santa doesn't have time to wrap all the presents of the world. I told DH if he wanted them wrapped, he had to do it. So needless to say, they aren't wrapped anymore.


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Posted: 11/20/2012 7:27:47 PM
Growing up as a child Santa did not wrap gifts at my mother's home but wrapped the gifts at my dad's(parent's divorced). Funny how I never questioned why Santa did this when I was young...

Santa did not wrap gifts here at my home for my son but now that he is 13 (and no longer "believes" ) Santa will have a few wrapped gifts under the tree for him to unwrap.

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Posted: 11/20/2012 7:29:58 PM
Santa brings all gifts, all wrapped. When my dh was growing up, Santa brought unwrapped gifts.

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Posted: 11/20/2012 7:33:24 PM
When I was a kid Santa presents were not wrapped. My DH's were, and now we wrap Santa gifts in a special Santa paper.

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Posted: 11/20/2012 7:39:45 PM
Santa's presents were never wrapped. He would bring our kids each 2 presents and fill their stockings. The gifts from us are always wrapped. My kids are 20 and 23 now so Santa only brings them stocking stuffers.


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Posted: 11/20/2012 8:00:58 PM
When I was a child, all our presents came in a pillow case, or later a plastic sack, at the end of my bed. I can still remember the delicious rustling of the paper on the presents when I touched my feet to the sack- they were all wrapped. The only unwrapped present- ever- was the year my sister received an electric organ, which my dad had set up on Chritsmas eve.

My children now have all their presents wrapped. They have a stocking at the end of their bed, and wrapped presents under the tree. It all adds to the anticipation!

Each of my children has a different paper for the stocking gifts, so none of them has ever commented on at.

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Posted: 11/20/2012 8:25:20 PM
I grew up with Santa gifts unwrapped...but I wanted to make Christmas morning last as long as possible, so everything is wrapped

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Posted: 11/20/2012 8:38:12 PM
Until two peas I didn't know anyone who got wrapped presents from Santa! In our family Santa's presents are always unwrapped on the hearth of the fireplace and all the family gifts are wrapped and under/beside the tree.

Hope this helps to convince your DH, although it looks like we are in the minority!

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Posted: 11/20/2012 8:47:26 PM
Wrapped in special Santa paper that is not used for anything else or ever used again.



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Posted: 11/20/2012 9:25:29 PM
Santa presents are always wrapped in paper with his picture on it!


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Posted: 11/20/2012 10:03:34 PM
Santa wraps in our house and has his own special blue paper.

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Posted: 11/20/2012 10:13:29 PM
Santa always brings the 'big' present and he always sets it up and it is never wrapped. The kids are allowed to see what Santa brought and open stockings while we get breakfast ready, our home is a completely open concept floor plan so we can still see them from the kitchen. I am getting so excited about Christmas this year.

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Posted: 11/20/2012 10:13:30 PM
Unwrapped in the PBK Santa bags.



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Posted: 11/20/2012 11:32:06 PM
My DD is 13 and if she can find the cookies in the house she can find the presents. Makes it a little easier to not let her know what she is going to get.
I like the wrapped presents under the tree. I would like to convert to boxes or those big Santa pillowcases but I will have to wait until she is ready for it.



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Posted: 11/20/2012 11:36:02 PM
Growing up Santa gifts were not wrapped, but in dh's family they were. In putting our traditions together, I compromised on the Santa gifts and they are wrapped for our kids.

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Posted: 11/20/2012 11:38:28 PM
Unwrapped and fully assembled. That's what both DH and I grew up with, so that is what we do.

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Posted: 11/21/2012 1:33:38 AM
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Posted: 11/21/2012 1:45:53 AM
Well this is embarassing. I can't actually remember! I feel old now.

I think they were/are wrapped, and like others, in special paper that is not in the regular stash.

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Posted: 11/21/2012 2:50:28 AM
Fun thread! As a kid, ours were unwrapped. But I prefer to wrap our son's. it's fun to search for and hide Santa paper and DH and I have some funny memories of wrapping giant and unusually shaped items (like a sled) on Christmas Eve. It's also fun for us to decide last minute who gets the credit for which toys, parents or the jolly old Saint Nick

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Posted: 11/21/2012 5:20:48 AM
Always wrapped, for children and adults. We all still leave a stocking and sack at the bottom of the bed for Santa to fill too.

A few years ago when my son was about 10, DH had taken the sacks downstairs to be filled. DS woke, checked for his sack and discovered it wasn't there. Oh my what a panic that was, he rang around the room in circles yelling 'it's been stolen...thieves have taken my sack... ring the police... get me the phone... call 999...' Trying to calm him down (and not wake DD) was the hardest thing ever. I told him that Santa had taken it to his sleigh to fill and would not bring it back until DS was fast asleep.

it was so funny.


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Posted: 11/21/2012 5:45:33 AM
Our Christmas tree appers on Christmas Eve along with all the presents. Where I live the majority of people celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve and presents are brought either by Santa Clause or the Christchild. And most peole I know have there Christmas tree from Dec 24th to January 6th.

It is a wonderful moment when the kids are allowed to go in the living room in the evening, usally by some kind of sign like bells or music. And than there magically is a decorated and lit christmas tree with all the presents. For me because (that is what I experienced as well a child) it would be a totally different kind of Christmas if we would have a tree the whole December .

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Posted: 11/21/2012 6:15:02 AM

Growing up they were unwrapped, because my mom said that most pics/videos of Santa showed unwrapped gifts sticking out of his bag. And from what I recall, that did seem to be true.

That's what my mom said! That and Santa doesn't have time to wrap.

So we do it the same way. However there are still plenty of presents wrapped and waiting under the tree. In our house Santa only brings the stocking stuffers and ONE present (generally, occasionally he might add two or three other very small gifts, usually things that were meant for the stocking but won't fit).

ETA-we also do a lot of stocking stuffers besides candy. Small toys when dd was younger and now things like jewelry, lip gloss, art supplies, nail polish, etc and they are overflowing.


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