I have to start out by confessing that Brad and I both believed in Santa for much longer than normal. Brad’s parents actually had to tell him the truth about Santa when he started middle school, so the big kids on the bus wouldn’t tease him. I think I believed in Santa for so long (and a tiny bit still!) because in Richmond we have the Legendary Santa, who know each child’s name. There is something very thrilling about hearing Santa say, “Hattie, Hannah, Caleb, and Jacob, come on over!”
Anyway, each year Brad and talk about our Christmas traditions growing up and get stuck on one little issue that we can’t seem to agree on – Does Santa gift wrap?
Hattie says: No Way! Santa and the elves make the toys at the North Pole! Santa brings them in his magic sack, and lays the presents for each child in a special place under the tree or around the living room. Most of the presents aren’t even in their original packaging (The North Pole is NOT a subsidiary of Mattel!) but are all set up and ready to play with. On Christmas morning the children all wait together to go downstairs, where everyone gets to see their Santa presents at one time. Santa brings a few big special Christmas presents every year. The other presents come from mom and dad and grandparents and siblings and are all wrapped under the tree with silly to: from: tags full of inside jokes. These presents are opened slowly and are often really meaningful gifts.
Brad says: Of course Santa gift wraps! Santa picks out special paper each year to wrap all of his gifts. He brings them in his sled and spreads them all out under the tree. Each child takes turns opening gifts, one at a time. Almost all the presents are from Santa, but one or two presents might be from mom and dad.
The fact that Brad and I don’t agree on this detail isn’t a big deal right now because we don’t have any children yet. When we do have kids, I can tell we are going to have to duke this one out because neither of us plans to budge. Thankfully, we both agree that the most important Christmas tradition to pass onto our children is celebrating the birth of Jesus and holding in our hearts the truth that He is the best gift,
So, in the spirit of a little holiday debate, what do you guys think? Does Santa gift wrap? Is there a compromise for this conundrum? What are your favorite Christmas traditions? Any Christmas conundrums at your house? Spill the holly jolly beans!