As a child, Santa never wrapped our Christmas presents. He would lovingly assemble my brother’s action figures, and my American Girls furniture and accessories. Dollhouses were built and furnished, games were propped for easy viewing. My brother and I would rush in, and fawn over our new toys while my parents watched. After some time playing, we would eat breakfast and then begin to open presents.
The presents we opened were from our parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and sometimes friends. There were four of us (unless my Nanny or Uncle Michael and Aunt Susan were visiting), and we would each take a turn opening a present, going around the room. We were able to give thanks for each present. To this day, this is how my family opens Christmas gifts. Granted, I’m sure it was more chaotic when we were little, but I do remember there was a dedicated time for Santa, and a dedicated time for family presents.
The Man’s Christmas traditions are vastly different. Santa wrapped every single present and set them in piles under the tree. I can’t speak firsthand on the system for opening presents when they were younger, but with our nieces, it’s a free for all! Paper flying everywhere, happy shrieks of delight and thanks, and laughing at which uncle gave which niece a loud musical toy to, in part, torture his brother!
The Man and I are both in agreement that the initial present exchange and opening from Santa should be crazy and chaotic and full of joy. Where we disagree is whether Santa will wrap the presents for our kiddos. I figure that Santa is far to busy delivering all the toys to be bothered with wrapping paper. Bob thinks that part of the joy of Christmas is seeing all of the wrapped gifts under the tree and digging in.
Did Santa wrap your presents as a child? Does Santa wrap them for your children?