Are all gifts from santa?

(43 Posts)
DeathMetalMum Tue 17-Dec-13 21:36:52

Dd1 is 2.11 so this is her first year she 'gets' the whole idea of christmas. Me and dp are in a bit of a disagrement over what is from santa. I kind of think everything should be from santa where as dp thinks one gift should be from santa. Dd has a main present then two smaller things and stocking. One of the smaller things being what she announced when asked by santa that we had to rush out and buy - we were finished.

What happens in your house?

WidowWadman Tue 17-Dec-13 21:38:11

Only stocking and one main present from santa. Rest is from people it actually is from. Everything else would be weird, after all the kids choose presents for parents and siblings too,

CaptainSweatPants Tue 17-Dec-13 21:38:45

Stocking & main present from Santa
Everything else from whoever bought it

So grandma's present is from grandma etc

Moxiegirl Tue 17-Dec-13 21:39:27

Only stocking stuff.

TwistedRib Tue 17-Dec-13 21:39:57

Stocking only from Santa- all others presents from people.

CaptainSweatPants Tue 17-Dec-13 21:40:09

One of my friends said to my dc ' I've bought you a Xmas present so I'll send it to Santa & he'll deliver it Xmas eve'

I was like fhmm

OvO Tue 17-Dec-13 21:40:24

Santa does the stockings, a "big present" or a couple of smaller presents and a surprise.

Everything else is from us/whoever sent it.

I don't like the whole Santa brings everything thing, sorry.

PatriciaHolm Tue 17-Dec-13 21:44:02

Stockings from Santa, others from the people who bought them. Never bought into the whole Santa brings everything idea.

DeathMetalMum Tue 17-Dec-13 21:44:33

Oh I was just about what we are giving not others.

I think if I remember I had stocking and main gift from santa when I was little.

I'm glad you've asked this because this site's been confusing me for a while. So has my MIL.

I'll explain:

I'm in Ireland, so I don't know if it's an Irish thing or if it's a family thing but the children write their letters asking for whatever they want, Santa brings presents from the list, fills stockings and leaves a few surprises.

Presents from everyone else are either given to me to put under our tree a week or so beforehand, or given by the person to the children on Christmas day.

That doesn't seem to be the case on here and it took me bloody ages to stop MIL from telling the dc that Father Christmas had come to her house with presents for them! She meant that she had presents that were wrapped with tags on saying From Grandma & Grandpa etc.

So, what's the deal? Is Santa sort of like a courier of gifts??

Should say that everyone I know in Ireland does it the way I do so maybe it is an Irish thing.

Walter I'm a true bred Essex girl and have always done exactly the same as you smile

ilovepowerhoop Tue 17-Dec-13 21:49:39

santa brings the presents bought by me and dh including the stockings. Anything from anyone else is from that person. It was always that way when I was a child too (Scotland)

Phew! Thank goodness RedCorner I was beginning to feel like a bit of a freak of nature! fwink

Grotbagstwin Tue 17-Dec-13 21:58:06

We do it stocking and other presents we buy from Santa, main present from us and family presents from family. This is ds's first christmas he will remember and he has no main present as he likes small toys atm so we have a few gifts from us.

VoldemortsNipple Tue 17-Dec-13 22:01:20

Walter it's exactly the same here. This is how we did it as children and so did everybody I know. It's the same now. When I've spoken to people in rl about santa only bringing stockings or one gift they look at me like hmm

I tend to think it might be a working class tradition. I say this because when we were children, the only time we got toys or bikes was at Christmas when Santa brought them. We didn't expect presents from parents because they didn't have money to spend on toys. We would give and receive small gifts with extended family though. We never questioned why this would be strange, it was just a way of showing its nice to give as well as receive.

CyberMenStrual Tue 17-Dec-13 22:03:22

Santa brings the stockings and real people bring all the other gifts. These are put round the tree after LOs have gone to bed on Christmas Eve (not because Santa has brought them, but to prevent general squeezing and prodding). Stockings are placed at the foot of the bed by Santa at nightime, and he makes a real mess, leaving footprints and mince pie crumbs all over the fireplace!

Stockings are my fave part of Christmas - my DCs are 19 and 16 now, but I still love the whole stocking pressies (possibly far more than they do!)

VoldemortsNipple Tue 17-Dec-13 22:04:27

I'm from lrelands second capital, Liverpool grin

Bluestocking Tue 17-Dec-13 22:06:37

This is all so weird - I don't know anyone who tells their children that Father Christmas (no Santa here, sorry) brings everything. FC fills stockings with jolly little bits of tat, individually wrapped in ultra-cheap paper with snowmen etc on it. Everything else, including the main present, if there is one, is from mum and dad, grandparents, cousins, friends or whoever, and is acknowledged as being from that person; and if that person isn't there to thank, then a thank-you letter is written before Twelfth Night. That is the right way to do it, and anything else is an abomination and likely to cause the world to come to an end. I thank you.

LieborCookin Tue 17-Dec-13 22:11:35

I think xmas is about the children so as many gifts as possible from the parents to the child, pretending to be Father Christmas is best.

Otherwise, it sort of defeats the whole point really.

Any presents from relatives, fine, any odd gifts from you, fine, but surely, that big present spread, is from FC?

RedPencils Tue 17-Dec-13 22:16:17

I've only ever heard of all gifts from FC on here.

FC leaving presents at Grandma's is a bit strange.

Just stocking tat from Father Christmas here smile

Voldemort that explains it! fgrin

Maybe it is a working class thing. My background is certainly a working class one.

Though, we got presents from mum and dad as well as Santa and then everyone else fblush

And we don't say Father Christmas at all! That was MIL!

BeaWheesht Tue 17-Dec-13 22:26:58

My kids get a stocking and a present they've asked for from Santa. The rest are from us / family / friends.

Their present from Santa isn't necessarily the biggest / most expensive just the one they want most eg ds's is a Barbie and ds's is an army set this year.

CoffeeChocolateWine Tue 17-Dec-13 22:39:50

Santa does stockings in our house...that's all.

woooooooobooo Tue 17-Dec-13 22:40:03

We do the same as walter Everything bought by dh and I is from Santa. So basically whatever was on their Santa list plus the stocking. Any other gifts from grans, aunties etc are from the people themselves. I don't know anyone who only does stocking from Santa either. I'm in Scotland

woooooooobooo Tue 17-Dec-13 22:41:04

Both my grannies were Irish though so could also be Irish traditions

Rosvita Tue 17-Dec-13 22:43:01

I do stocking and biggish present from Santa then rest for us (prob sounds silly but I want the kids to know I put thought and money into buying them something really special that they want too).This year as dd's big present had been hidden in a bin bag in our room for a few months the big presents for each child are from us,with a few smaller presents and then 3 medium present and stocking from Santa.

Rosvita Tue 17-Dec-13 22:44:03

Meant to explain-as Ds (5) will prob cotton on the castle shaped bin bag in our room which is no longer there after Xmas is in fact the princess castle dd has received for Xmas.

justsodamntired Tue 17-Dec-13 22:44:15

Only stockings from FC here.

TheXmasLogIn Tue 17-Dec-13 23:42:25

Santa brings the stocking here too, plus maybe a couple of larger things off their lists, max budget £60 each (this year 3 things each). Then he also usually leaves a book, DVD and new outfit each too. These go under the tree on Christmas Eve purely because the stockings are quite tiny, so they don't fit. Otherwise all other presents under the tree are from or to family and friends and often put there in advance.

Was the same way when I was a child, although all Santa gifts ( stocking plus a few bigger items) were by the fireplace instead of under tree/end of bed. Nothing under the tree was allowed to be touched until after dinner had been eaten, cleared away and washing up done (often 6pm ish) but no one else I knew did that part, they got all their presents in the morning fenvy fgrin

GoingGoingGoth Tue 17-Dec-13 23:49:45

Stocking only here, can't remember what my parents did for me, memory failing
I once worked with a girl who said she always thought her parents had never bought her anything, as their presents were from Santa, there was NO way I was letting him take the credit grin

ZombieSquirrel Wed 18-Dec-13 00:39:37

Stocking only from Santa. In stocking is one personal gift (e.g a personalised bauble) which I asked Santa to make.

lilyaldrin Wed 18-Dec-13 00:42:49

Stocking and one main present from FC, left on the bed overnight.

Presents from us, friends, family - all labelled and under the tree.

callmekitten Wed 18-Dec-13 03:19:21

Everything is from Santa here. When my Mom told me "the truth" about Santa, she explained it this way. She told me that at Christmas, we are celebrating the birth of Jesus and one of the really important things that Jesus taught us is to give to others without being concerned about getting credit for it. Santa is one of our ways of doing that. I was very in to that idea and still am. So much so that even when it was just me and DH, I insisted that everything was from Santa.

DustyBaubles Wed 18-Dec-13 03:41:18

Mine write a letter, and are allowed to ask for three things from Santa.

They don't have stockings, but the Santa things and a few other small bits appear in a sack beneath the tree overnight on the 24th.

Anything from us/family goes under the tree as it's received.

As children, we only got one Santa thing, and didn't have stockings. My parents didn't buy us anything either, until we were old enough to stop believing in Santa, then we'd get something from them instead.

So essentially, as children everything was from Santa, but everything amounted to one gift fgrin as we were three children, in the eighties, with little money, and toys were ££££ compared to wages.

If we continued with the everything from Santa mindset as a throwback to our younger days, there'd be piles of stuff from the North Pole, as everything is so much cheaper these days, and there is so much more choice.

Not like the year you could be sure it was 1985 because everyone had/wanted a Major Morgan, or 1987 because you got a Light Brite! fgrin

Unclench Wed 18-Dec-13 04:42:57

I really like that thought callmekitten! I must remember that.
As kids Santa filled our stockings (on the end of our beds) and left us our "big pile" which arrived on the living room floor overnight. We got bits and bobs from mum and dad which would be wrapped and under the tree for a few days beforehand (usually kind of practical stuff, think pjs, bubble bath, slippers, books)
This was as a seventies child growing up in Scotland. We are more or less following the same idea.

Neeko Wed 18-Dec-13 07:17:07

I love that idea Callmekitten!

We have stockings and lots of parcels from Santa in their sacks plus a couple of smaller things under the tree to open later from DH and I. Presents from other people under the tree are always from the people who bought/gave them.
We tell the DC that as mum and dad buy for cousins, grandparents etc we can't afford to buy big things for Christmas so big presents come from Santa and we buy them a bigger gift at their birthday. It works for us.
I find it sweet that most kids must hear lots of different variations yet many choose to blindly belief what happens in their house.
Such a shame it isn't all true... wink

notthefirstagainstthewall Wed 18-Dec-13 07:27:16

Stocking and sackful of presents appears from Father Christmas.

All other friends and family gifts (to give as well as received) already under the tree to hand out.

Santa brings ds's stocking and a pile of presents. We give ds a few presents too and those are under the tree with the rest of the presents. This year we have 5 each and are going to open them in turn after lunch. Presents from other people are given to ds in person when we see them over Christmas.

LumpySpacePrincessOhMyGlob Wed 18-Dec-13 07:36:50

Stocking only here. We are okay financially this year but it`s been very up and down. I didn`t want dd thinking she had been "naughty" in a lean year. She also has friends who receive loads and I didn`t want her to think they had behaved themselves any better.

I love hunting down unnusual things for her stocking that look elf made. grin

BeansAndCheese Wed 18-Dec-13 07:53:10

We do stocking from santa and rest of presents from us. This is my family tradition, because my df worked shifts, so we opened santa presents first things to distract us until df got home. My dh likes the sound of it, so we will do it too.

thenicknameiwantedisgone Wed 18-Dec-13 08:01:09

It would be so much easier if they gave us all a rule book on giving birth wouldn't it?!! fgrin

In our house the presents in the stockings are from Santa. Everything under the tree is from the individual people BUT Santa delivers them on his sleigh. How on earth he would get them in the first place I don't know!!!! We didn't think that one through properly but DC are now 13 and nearly 10 and no-one has questioned that part of it.

DS1 (13) stopped believing a few years ago but DS2 (9.10) still seems to believe. We didn't think we'd get this year out of it but we seem to be doing ok so far....

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