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thelittlemermaid83
10-30-2009, 09:57 AM
All the presents DD gets (except ones from family and friends etc) are from Santa, it was the same for me and my brother when we was younger so i like to carry on that tradition with my DD.

I have heard that some people tell there children that they send the money to Santa for him to get the presents (where is the magic in that?) I tell Kyra that all the presents are made in the North Pole by all of Santas little helpers, but not to expect to get everything on her list as Santa likes to choose what he sends. She seems to accept that.

Wondering what everyone else does? Do you like to give gifts from yourself or do you let Santa get all the credit?

Nubbedy
10-30-2009, 10:15 AM
We do both. DS writes his list for Santa with about 5 things on and always asks for surprises too. We also buy him some presents to go under the tree, so no, in our house Santa doesn't get all the credit!

But bear in mind, I have the type of child who would ask why Santa and everyone else gets him presents at Christmas but we dont buy him anything?! And I know this because it's exactly what I said as a child! :goodvibes

eeyorefanuk
10-30-2009, 10:32 AM
Now she is getting older could you maybe say that Santa has so many children to make toys for that he makes them one each, and that he tells the mummy to help him with the rest of the pressies ?

thelittlemermaid83
10-30-2009, 10:50 AM
Now she is getting older could you maybe say that Santa has so many children to make toys for that he makes them one each, and that he tells the mummy to help him with the rest of the pressies ?

You see i would rather DD think all her (non family and friends) presents are from Santa. Thats what my parents did with me and my brother before we realised good Old Saint Nick was our Dad in disguise :rotfl2:

binkytell
10-30-2009, 11:25 AM
im with you, santa gets all the credit, thats the way my mum and dad
did it too. :yay:

Dimplenose
10-30-2009, 11:44 AM
Pressies in the stocking from Father Christmas everything else from a named person.

mandymouse
10-30-2009, 12:08 PM
I'm sure we told the girls that all their pressies were from Father Christmas :santa:

joolz1910
10-30-2009, 12:38 PM
Santa gets all the credit in our house. All other relatives' presents are from them.

My eldest asked if Santa gives all the presents, why don't all children get the same and why can't she have everything she wants? I confess to using the 'mum and dad send a cheque to cover the cost of making toys/elf labour' excuse. I am still telling her that Santa is real and she is nearly ten. She is a little sceptical to say the least.:rotfl:

thelittlemermaid83
10-30-2009, 12:50 PM
Santa gets all the credit in our house. All other relatives' presents are from them.

My eldest asked if Santa gives all the presents, why don't all children get the same and why can't she have everything she wants? I confess to using the 'mum and dad send a cheque to cover the cost of making toys/elf labour' excuse. I am still telling her that Santa is real and she is nearly ten. She is a little sceptical to say the least.:rotfl:

Elfs labour :rotfl2::rotfl2:

They probably have the highest paid job in the world :lmao:

joolz1910
10-30-2009, 01:29 PM
Elfs labour :rotfl2::rotfl2:

They probably have the highest paid job in the world :lmao:

Their hourly rate ain't minimum wage, that's for sure. :rotfl:

wils
10-30-2009, 01:29 PM
Ours get a decent size gift and stockings from Santa. Other things come from us or whoever else. I always love hearing about the variations though

Tillybud
10-30-2009, 02:12 PM
I've got to say I'm with you Emma, Santa gets all the credit in our house too. It was the same when I was a child, we'd get pressies from relations but the rest all came from Santa. DH was told it was a combined effort but I'm sticking with Santa til she's a teenager :lmao:

scottishgirl87
10-30-2009, 02:56 PM
I'm sure growing up majority of my presents were from Santa and I got like 1 or 2 from mum and dad.

Even now they still write on the labels "From Santa" and I'm 21!! LOL :rotfl:

scottish mum
10-30-2009, 03:09 PM
All the kids have a "chair" each and all the presents on them are from santa. All the presents under the tree are from granny, papa, aunties etc. Mum and dad are meanies and give nothing :rotfl2::rotfl2:. Also in this house santa doesn't wrap any presents up, he just lays them all out and build sany that needs building.

Ware Bears
10-30-2009, 04:14 PM
All the pressies in our house were from Father Christmas ~ apart from the ones from grandparents, uncles, aunts, friends etc. This was how both my parents and DH's parents did Christmas, in fact so did my best friend who lived across the road ~ it wasn't until I was well into my thirties and chatting to another mum from school that I realised not everyone 'played' it this way! :rotfl2:

As my girls got a bit older and started querying why some of their friends got presents from their parents as well as from Santa, I just told them that perhaps he was a bit too busy to do all their shopping so they were helping him out. They seemed quite happy with this, in fact thinking back it was about this time their Christmas lists started getting written in the summer holidays, they obviously wanted to get theirs in first!! :rotfl:

The only time I remember it getting a bit awkward was the first year they made up shoeboxes for the Eastern block orphans at Brownies/Sunday School and were told these would be the only presents these children would receive. They wanted to know why Santa wasn't going to deliver to these children ~ I think I said something along the lines of them not having any parents to pay for the gifts so they've always known that any gifts from Santa are actually paid for from Mum and Dad.

And even though they're all teenagers now, they still have sacks and stockings and we still wait until they've gone to bed before filling them! :santa:

Tinks1984
10-30-2009, 04:14 PM
Yep, as kids, mine and my Brother's gifts were always from Father Christmas too! We both still have our 'own chair' and we're 25 and 22 now :lmao: It would be rude to break tradition!

Tillybud
10-30-2009, 04:16 PM
All the kids have a "chair" each and all the presents on them are from santa. All the presents under the tree are from granny, papa, aunties etc. Mum and dad are meanies and give nothing :rotfl2::rotfl2:. Also in this house santa doesn't wrap any presents up, he just lays them all out and build sany that needs building.

my brother, sister and I all had 'chairs' too, it was so exciting and made me feel all :goodvibes just thinking about it. Our presents were never wrapped but we wrap for ds and dd, I love seeing their faces as they tear into the paper. Can't believe it's 8 weeks today :cheer2:

jjk
10-30-2009, 04:43 PM
we used to tell the boys they came from santa

CustardTart
10-30-2009, 04:55 PM
I send gifts to myself (via the dogs) as well as those I receive from Santa... ;)

OOPS!!! Oh that's not what you mean! :lmao::rotfl::lmao:

When the kiddiwinks were little, all gifts on Christmas morning were from Santa. Nowadays (at age 26, 24 and 16) they receive one gift from Santa and the rest are from family. It's now more of an exchange than a full-on gift fest!!! We used to allocate a chair/section of the sofa each but now we put them under the tree and take it turns to go and get some to distribute...

Last Christmas...
http://i150.photobucket.com/albums/s84/cheztaylor/FamilyPhotos/DSCF1174.jpg

Lovely, lovely memories... :santa:

http://i150.photobucket.com/albums/s84/cheztaylor/FamilyPhotos/sc047ef269.jpg

hildasmuriel
10-30-2009, 05:23 PM
Pressies in the stocking from Father Christmas everything else from a named person.

:thumbsup2 That's how it goes in this house too.

thelittlemermaid83
10-30-2009, 05:32 PM
Last Christmas...
http://i150.photobucket.com/albums/s84/cheztaylor/FamilyPhotos/DSCF1174.jpg



Wow you wrap presents really nicely Karen! Could you give me some lessons :rotfl:

scottishgirl87
10-30-2009, 06:12 PM
Wow you wrap presents really nicely Karen! Could you give me some lessons :rotfl:

I was gonna say the same! Those presents look lovely!! I always like to colour co-ordinate my wrapping but my actual wrapping always looks crap!

joolz1910
10-31-2009, 03:42 AM
[QUOTE=CustardTart;34146847]I send gifts to myself (via the dogs) as well as those I receive from Santa... ;)

OOPS!!! Oh that's not what you mean! :lmao::rotfl::lmao:

When the kiddiwinks were little, all gifts on Christmas morning were from Santa. Nowadays (at age 26, 24 and 16) they receive one gift from Santa and the rest are from family. It's now more of an exchange than a full-on gift fest!!! We used to allocate a chair/section of the sofa each but now we put them under the tree and take it turns to go and get some to distribute...

Last Christmas...
http://i150.photobucket.com/albums/s84/cheztaylor/FamilyPhotos/DSCF1174.jpg

I want those presents!

Muscateer
10-31-2009, 07:10 AM
My sister, brothers and I always used to get all our pressies from Santa and always got them laid out in piles unwrapped.

I always left my DD's Santa pressies wrapped but laid out over the sofa and always put a pressie from mum and dad under the tree as I knew she would be the one to ask why mum and dad didn't give anything.;)

Head_in_the_clouds
10-31-2009, 08:56 AM
I have to admit I didn't notice my parents didn't "get" me anything when I was tiny as I was more interested in what Santa got me! But when I was about seven my mum started very pointedly saying "You do know that mummy and daddy have to pay Santa to bring you presents don't you? I call up and arrange a budget with him beforehand." Have to admit it did kill the magic. Especially when I asked the other kids if their parents paid Santa and they said no. I thought Santa didn't really want to visit me and my parents had to pay him as a favor :guilty:. I also remember when Santa did visit he always "forgot" the present I wanted the most and about 5pm on Christmas Day my Dad would find it it the Laundry basket or the porch - that was always my present from my parents!

When I have kids I will let them think all the pressies are from Santa but the one they want the most is from us like what my Dad did with me. I want christmas to be as magical as possible for my children :goodvibes.

Joanne UK
10-31-2009, 09:49 AM
All of the presents from us to the children we say are from Santa.

Downside to still having children who believe though - DD6 really wants the Go GO Hamsters which are sold out everywhere here and I think I'm going to have real problems getting it unless I pay through the nose on EBay. There was an advert on TV this morning for them and I made a casual comment re their non-availablility. DD pipes up with, "Oh I'll get some because I put them on my letter to Father Christmas so he will just get his elves to make some for me." How will I explain this away if I don't manage to get one!

wideeyes
10-31-2009, 10:19 AM
I do some from me and DBF and some from Father Christmas. DD was writing he list out this morning and mispelled a few things and I said okay I understand what you mean and she said but it is father christmas that needs to understand it, :rotfl: I told her he would know what she means too.

thelittlemermaid83
10-31-2009, 12:20 PM
All of the presents from us to the children we say are from Santa.

Downside to still having children who believe though - DD6 really wants the Go GO Hamsters which are sold out everywhere here and I think I'm going to have real problems getting it unless I pay through the nose on EBay. There was an advert on TV this morning for them and I made a casual comment re their non-availablility. DD pipes up with, "Oh I'll get some because I put them on my letter to Father Christmas so he will just get his elves to make some for me." How will I explain this away if I don't manage to get one!

I know what you mean, DD saw the Princess Tiana dress and its like over 100 with all the accesories, there is noway i can afford that....she was like oh Santa will get it for me :headache:

I'm hoping she forgets about the dress when it comes to Christmas day.

tashasmum
10-31-2009, 03:52 PM
All of the presents from us to the children we say are from Santa.

Downside to still having children who believe though - DD6 really wants the Go GO Hamsters which are sold out everywhere here and I think I'm going to have real problems getting it unless I pay through the nose on EBay. There was an advert on TV this morning for them and I made a casual comment re their non-availablility. DD pipes up with, "Oh I'll get some because I put them on my letter to Father Christmas so he will just get his elves to make some for me." How will I explain this away if I don't manage to get one!

Have you checked on Amazon. They seem to have quite a bit of stock but not sure how the prices compare to other places.

ukstitch
10-31-2009, 05:03 PM
DB gets a mix - some come from Santa, while others come from our parents. We find this way works better because we think it looks more "real" because of course if we didn't, then our parents would be buying presents for me and each other, but none for DB...


I have heard that some people tell there children that they send the money to Santa for him to get the presents (where is the magic in that?)

This is something that works quite well when children get a little older and you have to start explaining why they can't have the huge list of things they want :rolleyes1

I've also known children to be told that parents buy the presents, send them to santa and then he delivers them - again it's another way of trying to explain away why they can't have something that they want when it's sold out.

While they're younger though, it's not really necessary because they don't actually put very much thought into it all - they're just overwhelmed by the whole christmas magic :wizard:

joolz1910
11-01-2009, 07:12 AM
This is something that works quite well when children get a little older and you have to start explaining why they can't have the huge list of things they want :rolleyes1

I've also known children to be told that parents buy the presents, send them to santa and then he delivers them - again it's another way of trying to explain away why they can't have something that they want when it's sold out.

While they're younger though, it's not really necessary because they don't actually put very much thought into it all - they're just overwhelmed by the whole christmas magic :wizard:[/QUOTE]

This is exactly what happened with my eldest. As soon as they start questioning Christmas Magic, you have to think on your feet. My middle DD doesn't really consider all the 'how's and why's' she just accepts everything - not so eldest DD, who is trying to catch me out.;)

We tracked Santa online last year on www.northpole.com - the kids enjoyed that.

Dimplenose
11-01-2009, 10:11 AM
Working with 6 year ols is tough. I'd never lie to them but then again I'd never tell them that Father Christmas doesn't exist. If they ask I usually say something like, "Well my children hang up their stockings and they always get presents in them."

Tillybud
11-01-2009, 12:09 PM
We tracked Santa online last year on www.northpole.com - the kids enjoyed that.

we love the Santa tracker, I can't wait to track him again this year :goodvibes

thelittlemermaid83
11-01-2009, 12:35 PM
We tracked him last time for the 1st time as DD was more into Christmas, can't wait to do it again this year.

Tillybud
11-04-2009, 04:18 PM
We tracked him last time for the 1st time as DD was more into Christmas, can't wait to do it again this year.

do you remember the link to the create a video message from Santa someone posted last year ? It was fab and I want to do it again but didn't bookmark it :confused3

Laurafoster
11-05-2009, 03:20 AM
I usually got a big santa sack full of pressies from Santa. However my big main present, whatever id wanted most that year was always from mum and dad. All the rest were from Santa though.