Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Keeping It Under Wraps

When my kiddos were younger and still “believed”, I would go to great lengths to make it special.  Hoping all the way that they wouldn’t catch on….. and not find out who was the real Santa!   *wink * wink*

You already know that I would kick off the month with a holiday Letter from Santa and an ornament engraved with the year sent in the mail!

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When it came to wrapping the gifts I would even have separate paper, bags, bows and tags from the ones that we would use for family and friends.  Insane I know!  

I would buy the paper, bags, bows and tags the day after Christmas.  My thought is that they produce different designs each year and would greatly increase the odds of them see a similar one in the stores.  I honestly doubt that my kids were paying attention to wrapping paper designs from year to year…… but aren’t kids so smart these days?!?!?  I didn’t want to underestimate them and ruin the surprise.

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The real challenge was hiding the paper, bags, bows and tags for an entire year! 

I even had to disguise my hand writing when writing out the gift tags.  With homeschooling, I was afraid that the children would recognize my hand writing!   Am I completely insane?!?!  Please please please……someone else out there tell me you go through great lengths too.  

What we won’t do to fill Santa’s shoes.

Carrie

13 comments:

  1. No you are not insane. My little one is only 3, but I do the same things. "Santa" paper is completelt different form any other gift. Any left over paper is thrown away. I think "what if he finds it next year and remembers or looks at a picture of Chrismtas morning". I also disguise my handwriting. I know it's a little early for that, but I want to get in the habit before it's too late. I remember the year I recognized my mother's handwriting.

    I love your idea of buying the wrap the year before. I never thought about the current years theme and him seeing it in the store! Thanks!

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  2. Carrie - aren't we all a little nuts at Christmas? LOL I totally wrap Santa's gifts in different paper/ bows/ribbon etc. and throw out the excess (hidden in a plastic bag at the bottom of the garbage pail). The boys will never recognize the handwriting because I have my husband do it ;) My little guy (9 in 2 weeks) is still HUGE into Santa and bless his 14 y/o brother for not wrecking it again this year! What a sweetheart. Although he has been told, wreck it and no Santa gift for you!

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  3. You are not crazy, we do the different paper and handwriting too, doesn't everyone?! ;) My boys notice and remember the smallest details sometimes, I'd hate for something as easy to disguise as wrapping paper or handwriting to blow Santa's cover.

    Merry Christmas!

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  4. Thank you everyone for letting me know that I'm not alone it this crazy holiday season! I've never spoken of this with anyone because I though they think what I already know! I'm insane.... insanely crazy about this time of year!!! Happy Holidays everyone =D

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  5. I do the same too!! Completely different wrapping paper, hidden away from sight. My *eight* year old already knows (sad, I know) but is keeping the secret for her sister...I am holding on as long as I can!

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  6. I printed up separate tags that came direct from the north pole and we have different wrapping paper for Santa stuff. I want the kids to believe as long as possible :)

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  7. Insane...maybe. But I do exactly the same thing :)

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  8. When my mom told me Santa wasn't real I didn't believe her - I said, he has different hand writing than you do! She then proceeded to get out some paper and write my name the way "Santa" did...I also found out that day that the Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy were not real. It was the day before Easter and my mom hadn't had time to buy stuff for our Easter baskets and she had to take me to the store, so she had to confess!!.... crash course in reality (: haha

    Mrs. T

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  9. I did all of that too! I know that someday our kids will do the same thing! Have you seen this website http://www.portablenorthpole.tv/home
    You can make a video for an age person and have Santa send it personally. It really is cute! I remember when Josh figured things out I was so sad... now at 23 he is good to make sure that I have some surprises too! Merry Christmas! Vicki

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  10. Carrie! You ROCK! That is amazing....and YES! I do some craaaazy stuff to "keep it real"! Hey...Link up to Whassup Wednesday!!!! This story would be AWESOME!
    Love ya! kara

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  11. Oh my gosh, I absolutely did go to great lengths! Different paper for sure because one year, my daughter {couldn't have been more than 7} asked me about the paper being the same as mine. It was always way to early in the morning for me to be answering questions that required too much thought, so from that point on I bought totally different paper for Santa! I am a righty and used to sign {print} the tags with my left hand!

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  12. Ha! I'm so relieved to know that I'm not the only one doing this! My son was 3, when he wanted to know how come Santa used the same wrapping paper that we used for family gifts! Ahh..., Santa likes for all the presents to match?? Last year, we were away for Christmas, so we didn't wrap the gifts, but this year I made sure to use different paper and disguised my handwriting!

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  13. I know this is after the fact, but I wanted to tell you what my parents did, which I then did, and now my daughter does. Santa's presents ARE NOT WRAPPED! It has saved me a TON of money, and hours and hours of wrapping. The kids came down the stairs Christmas morning, and their pile of stuff was with their stocking. I can't imagine unwrapping everything - but more than that I can't imagine spending the time and $$$ to wrap it all. Just thought I'd share!

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