Does Santa wrap his presents?

by sarah on December 15, 2011 · 4 comments

I remember running down the stairs (we had to stay on the top stair until everyone was ready to come down Christmas morning) to find our “pile” of gifts from Santa. We immediately knew which pile belonged to which child because Santa’s gifts weren’t wrapped. Games, art supplies, sushi making kits — my pile. Soccer balls, pogo sticks, Nerf anything — my brothers pile… and so it went down the line. There was never confusion, just bliss and glow from little faces diving into the bounty.

The rest of Christmas gift giving reflected a more orderly affair. We would sit in the family room and hand out wrapped presents one at a time (usually in some age order) while we watched each person open and pass around their gift. Thank yous and compliments could be heard as every gift was shared. These were the gifts we had purchased for each other.

It is different in my husband’s family, all gifts (Santa’s included) get wrapping paper (though Santa’s paper is different from Mom and Dad’s). The passing of gifts is somewhat similar, but the process also includes rounds from Santa and his elves. On the whole it isn’t that much different, except that there isn’t that initial rush of joy seeing the gifts — but rather a contained joy that is shared one gift at a time.

The truth is I don’t think one way is significantly better than the other. What is really comes down to is traditions, expectations and how much wrapping the “elves” are willing to do each year. As for us… Santa visits our house with unwrapped gifts at Christmas (but we still plan on passing each of those gifts around).

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Carinn December 15, 2011 at 8:58 AM

Santa doesn’t wrap here at our house, but he only delivers 1 bigger shared gift for the girls, everything else under the tree is from mom & dad and is wrapped… When Santa visits the kids at Chris’ family Christmas party though, all the gifts in his sack are wrapped. Do whatever feels best for you. I grew up with Santa’s gifts being wrapped, but since I didn’t want to wrap another present if I didn’t have to I decided Santa is a wrapping free guy for our house on Christmas morning. :)


2 Jessica December 15, 2011 at 1:47 PM

I am totally digging this idea of Santa’s gifts not being wrapped! This is brilliant! Thank you for sharing, Sarah! I’m going to have a chat with Jim about whether or not we want to request non-wrapped gifts from Santa. It’s good to know that Santa has a “green” option. ;)


3 kim December 15, 2011 at 3:09 PM

my mom asks me every year how we do it. she always wrapped all the gifts. so i have been too. in the last 2 years she tells me that santa never wraps his gifts. but then, she’ll say to make sure i get paper w/santa on it (what i normally do) because those are from him. can we say CONFUSED?!?!? my husband doesn’t care, less wrapping = less work & mess. i don’t know what i’m going to do. you would figure that by now with my oldest being 8, i would have figured something out! regardless of whats wrapped or not, i don’t think my kids actually care who the gift is from.


4 kim December 15, 2011 at 3:10 PM

*just to add…..
last year i had friends starting to do reusable “santa bags” that you send back to the north pole for next year. they’re just large drawstring bags. i think they
are great and wish i had remembered this a couple weeks ago!


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