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Thread: Santa -- wrapped or unwrapped?

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    Senior Member nance-ell's Avatar
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    When I was a little girl, Santa left unwrapped gifts under the tree - front and center! It was my tradition to get up in the middle of the night, usually with a flashlight, sneak into the living room and.... well.... snoop! lol. My mother would watch without me knowing. I realized when I was older and we discussed it that she loved that tradition as much as I did. Sometimes my older brothers would get up and join me and we'd just hang out in the living room in the middle of the night. Great memories.

    When I met DH, his son was 8 and Santa left his presents under the tree wrapped. Too bad it didn't do him much good to snoop in the middle of the night.

    So, just wondering.... were your Santa presents wrapped or unwrapped?

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    some times yes and some times no. we were not aloud to snooop.iron fist if you will. But we sure knew how to beat the system we had to go to bed at 7 p.m. and then get up at 11:00p.m. for midnight mass then back to bed by 1 a.m. and we would always be back up by 4 a.m. and getting into our stockings which were left in front of our bedroom doors. so we had early christmas by getting into them.

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    unwrapped. Right under the tree were our stockings and gift :) After we were married went to my husband's family's home for Christmas and much to my surprise everything that santa brought was wrapped. I mean everything. Even all the little goodies in the stockings were wrapped. And they always did all their gifts Christmas eve. So Christmas morning the only gifts left were what Santa brought. Very different than what I was use too :)

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    wrapped

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    Mine were wrapped unless it was too big to fit under the tree. Then there was a string tied to the tree with my name on it and it was strung all over the house until I found the end tied to my present.

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    unwrapped, my Mom use to move the couch in front of the living room door and sleep there!

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    All wrapped.

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    wrapped, and the stocking in the living room have wrapped gifts in them. When my boys were small there was a sock with unwrapped toys and such on the bottom of their bed hopfully to keep them occupied for an hour or so. The stockings are a combination of my childhood (on the bed) and my husbands (in the living room).

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    Santa's gifts were all wrapped, stocking stuffers too! Big items were left in the garage for us :D:D:D

    When my kids were young, I wrapped Santa's and the stocking stuffers in Santa paper, all of the rest of the gifts were in other types of paper.

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    We elected to not do Santa gifts. Most of the children's gifts were wrapped except for the bigger ones which we would sometimes display in front of the tree

    As a child, Santa did not wrap the gifts that he gave us.

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    All wrapped, but "someone" could find the booty, unwrap them and then wrap them back up again before without anyone knowing it. I'm not sayin' who... :roll:

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    Isn't this funny...how everyone does it so different. At our house they were NOT wrapped and great effort was put in to the hiding of the boxes, etc. I mean toys made by the elves did come in boxes you know! We would all have a little "area" left by Santa. There would be 3 little spots; one for each of us with our toy or two from Santa and a stocking filled with nuts, fruit, candy and maybe a little surprise. Such fun memories! :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by bjnicholson
    All wrapped, but "someone" could find the booty, unwrap them and then wrap them back up again before without anyone knowing it. I'm not sayin' who... :roll:
    We did that until the year mom noticed the tape had been moved and changed what was in those boxes mine was supposed to be a tape recorder there was a sweater and in my brothers BB gun box was a pair of pants.

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    What my parents did was leave one gift unwrapped, but wrapped the rest. That way, when we got up early we were allowed to play with the one gift until they decided to get out of bed (which was never far behind us) and then we had the Christmas story read and unwrapped the rest of our gifts.

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    When my three were little, Santa left unwrapped presents. It was too hard for me to make sure that any wrapping paper Santa might have used would be hidden, or they would want to know why we had Santa's paper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bjnicholson
    All wrapped, but "someone" could find the booty, unwrap them and then wrap them back up again before without anyone knowing it. I'm not sayin' who... :roll:
    lol...sounds very familiar. All our stuff was wrapped, but we used to cut the tape and peek and see what was in the boxes and tape it back up. It was fun!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hperttula123
    Quote Originally Posted by bjnicholson
    All wrapped, but "someone" could find the booty, unwrap them and then wrap them back up again before without anyone knowing it. I'm not sayin' who... :roll:
    lol...sounds very familiar. All our stuff was wrapped, but we used to cut the tape and peek and see what was in the boxes and tape it back up. It was fun!!!
    LOL...Same thing happened at out house! I fixed them when the oldest was 19. I got 2 huge boxes from work and rigged them so that I could hang the leather jackets they were getting from the top. I put scrap lumber and a couple of bricks on the bottom so that it had some weight. wrapped it up and used packing tape instead of wimpy tape. Then used stretch wrap around the boxes. I put the boxes near the tree and watched as my sons and friends went crazy trying to figure out what they were getting. BTW they loved the jackets.

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    I am so looking forward to next year starting some of these traditions with my family. This year my daughter isn't quite two...so she really doesn't show much interest in the whole thing. We decided not to go overboard with gifts and stockings. Next year however...can't wait!!!

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    When I was a little girl we went to my grandma's house for Christmas. She lived across the street. All the presents were wrapped. We didn't get anything at home that day. On January 6th, Epiphany day, we got presents at my parents house, all unwrapped. I couldn't even get near the gifts because they were left under my parents bed. We left a box with grass for the camel under their bed the night before. I still do it with my kids, but they leave clippings from the Christmas tree since grass in NY is not easy to find in the winter. We used to go back to school on the 7th until I was about 10, when a law was passed to start school a week after Epiphany Day so the kids could enjoy the gifts. No gift exchange, nothing for the adults, just toys for the small kids.

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    I always wrapped the gifts so that each child had thier own wrapping paper in order to figure out who got what htey had to open their stockings. I just found out that my middle daughter LOVES that I wrap everything in her stocking she said it made her feel special knowning the time it went into the wrapping. I heard on the radio that one of the jockeys is wrapping up their daughters (16 months old) old toys they said why buy new she doesn't care. I wish I had thought of that!!

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    My Mom went to get lengths in wrapping our gifts. And booby trapping the tree....LOL

    There were 5 of us. So the under the tree was packed. To this day my siblings and I don't know where she and our dad managed to hide all those gifts.

    But after we all went to bed on Christmas Eve, they would put everything out. And she would buy the hard Brach's candy and wrap those. She would place those all over the presents and if they crinkled she was up in a flash.

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    all wrapped!

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    The gifts under the tree were always wrapped. The stuff in the stockings weren't. It was quite amazing how I always knew what everyone had in their stockings before they did themselves. :)

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    Unwrapped when I was growing up and unwrapped for my kids.

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    Santa presents were always unwrapped...just under the tree on Christmas morning. Mom and dad presents were always wrapped...and we got to open 1 package on Christmas eve, the rest on Christmas day. The Christmas eve present was almost always new pj.s

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