At our house, Santa brings one gift. He always brings your “big” gift. Over the years, Santa has brought things such as a new bike, bean bag chairs, karaoke machine, trampoline, ping pong table, guitar, Wii game console, etc. Mark and I also receive Santa gifts. Ours are sometimes a “big” gift and sometimes what is hard to wrap! Ha! Santa has brought Mark a ladder (hello how do you wrap that?!) and I have received things like new laundry baskets. But other times Santa brings our “big” gift such as last year when Santa brought me over 65 books on a new book shelf! THAT was a GREAT gift!!
Here’s how we do it - Santa brings one gift for each of us and on Christmas morning when we wake up and go in the living room, our gift from Santa is sitting out (unwrapped!) with a name tag beside the gift.
All other presents are wrapped and under the tree! So the kids will have gifts from Mom and Dad (me and Mark) and then Mark and I will have gifts wrapped from each other.
Now, Mark grew up where Santa brought ALL his gifts. Nothing was wrapped on Christmas morning. Mark and his siblings woke up Christmas morning and all their gifts were in the living room unwrapped. The only gifts wrapped under the tree would be from grandparents. Mark’s parents didn’t buy gifts for him. It was all from Santa Claus. Santa also filled the stockings at Mark’s house whereas we wrap the gifts in the stockings at our house and fill them throughout December. Sometimes there are some really GREAT gifts in there! One year, Alyssa (she was in high school) and I both opened new I-phones in our stockings! :)
For our family, Christ is the reason for the season! We spend lots of time discussing WHY we celebrate Christmas with our kids and it is important to us to spend time in scripture with them ALWAYS but especially during the holidays when we celebrate Jesus’ birth! However, I know there are many ways that families celebrate Christmas with different traditions and how Santa plays a small part in that celebration.
So please SHARE if Santa is a part of your family traditions and how that looks in your home! I’d love to know how others grew up with Santa and also how you decided to do Santa with your own kiddos!
Have THE BEST Tuesday!