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Do you wrap the stocking presents??

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Fresh01 Fri 16-Nov-12 13:39:41

DH and I were discussing this. His family didn't wrap, mine far we have wrapped for the kids stocking gifts but do you?

ajandjjmum Sun 18-Nov-12 11:37:19

We're fans of taking it in turns - could be a little trying when the DC were younger though. Gave me chance to write down who each gift was from too!

LadyLetch Sun 18-Nov-12 11:07:40

Yes, of course! It's most of the fun..

In our house we do the presents in sacks at the end of their beds, which the DDs bring through to open on our bed (in their own Santa paper). They take turns opening their presents (to delay the process and so we see their reactions at their gifts). The girls love nothing more than when one child is opening their present, the other is lining up their next present, having a feel, wondering what it is etc. We do the same at my parents' house, and the only time we don't is when my Grandparents come over and that's a free for all... Last year, DD really didn't like that at all! I just think it prolongs the opening process and helps to make the day more magical.

My DH is another convert to the cause. In his family, they used to have a free for all and so all the presents were opened in a 10 minute frenzy, and then DH says that the day was a bit crap after that... He is a total convert to our way of doing things, and is much more insistent that everything is wrapped, and everyone takes turns in unwrapping - it's quite funny really, because its not his tradition and yet he's really insistent the children follow it! I'm not that fussed with way except I appreciate the extra time in bed. grin

ajandjjmum Sun 18-Nov-12 10:23:51

We've always wrapped in a different paper, and got a friend to write labels from Santa. 'Well done on getting ?% in that Maths test', 'Thank you for letting your sister have the last malteser' type of thing. Really was worth the effort to see their faces.
The joke is they're now 19/20 and we still do it!
They also got potatoes grin

gemz86 Sun 18-Nov-12 10:10:09

Mine were always wrapped bar the yearly teddy bear that sat on the top. Saying that my stocking was almost 5ft as my nan had someone make them for me and my cousin so a lot of my stocking fillers were probably main presents.
Ds will be 27 months at Christmas and this will be his first proper stocking (left on his bed and opened in ours). I was torn over whether to wrap or not as I know how long he'll take to open everything and we will be leaving the house at 11.30 to go to my mums. I was going to leave them unwrapped but it didn't seem right. After reading a few posts I may go for tissue paper. Or maybe a cheap wrapping paper that tears easily.

VerySmallSqueak Sat 17-Nov-12 22:44:20

Mine were all wrapped as a child, and I wrap my childrens.
All except the chocolate coins.

It gives you the chance to put things in boxes/bubble wrap too,to bulk it out more wink

dementedma Sat 17-Nov-12 22:41:14

Nope. Never wrap stocking gifts, too small and fiddly.

ThePortlyPinUp Sat 17-Nov-12 22:38:52

I never had a stocking as a child and we have done them a couple of times for the dd's but not every year. This year we've decided to do them as we've bought lots of little gifts like skipping ropes, French knitting dollies etc. I suppose I'll end up being the one to wrap them all. I've already wrapped their tree presents that we've bought so far.

rubyrubyruby Sat 17-Nov-12 22:36:33

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sparkle12mar08 Sat 17-Nov-12 22:31:51

Haven't read the entirety, but yes we do - why on earth wouldn't we?!

Tazmosis Sat 17-Nov-12 21:52:09

No! I'd never get to bed on Christmas Eve!

BornToFolk Sat 17-Nov-12 21:52:00

Yeah, otherwise it would be over in 10 secs! Unwrapping it most of the fun. DS has a stocking and also a little felt bag that gets filled with sweets, those aren't wrapped. And usually a teddy and candy cane to poke over the top of the stocking for added cuteness!

Does anyone else have a DC that doesn't want Father Christmas to come into their room? Since DS has really understood the whole Father Christmas thing, he has insisted that he doesn't want him to leave the stocking in his room. I go along with it, of course and write a note for FC asking that he leaves the stocking downstairs but I'm a little bit sad that I don't get the chance to do the whole creeping into DS's room while he's asleep thing. I just stick the presents in the stocking before I go to bed. I think he's missing out, I used to love that feeling of a full stocking on the end of the bed.

Badvocsanta Sat 17-Nov-12 21:41:12

Fuck, no

badtasteflump Sat 17-Nov-12 21:17:01

Yes in a very scruffy way with red tissue paper (Santa's fingers aren't as nimble as they used to be) smile

yousankmybattleship Sat 17-Nov-12 21:15:15

Of course! It makes it so much more exciting and mysterious!

Bluestocking Sat 17-Nov-12 21:12:59

<feeling rather sad for Clothilde>
We use actual shooting socks, and find that being woken by the sound of a 100% wool sock stuffed full lots of little rustling wrapped parcels is the best possible way to start Christmas Day!

Clothilde Sat 17-Nov-12 12:39:14

Have never wrapped, and my stocking presents were never wrapped when I was little. We use actual hiking socks for stockings, and it's hard enough to squeeze a chocolate orange in there without worrying about ripping the paper. Stocking fillers are things to play with/ eat on Christmas morning.

Faxthatpam Sat 17-Nov-12 11:04:22

I wrap stocking pressies in tissue, different colours for each DC, not using sellotape except for large awkward ones, which is really quick. My mum did this for me and it was my favourite bit of Christmas - waking up to the rustling of tissue paper at the end of the bed.

Bluestocking Sat 17-Nov-12 10:54:23

Everything must be wrapped except the chocolate coins and the satsuma/tangerine. Father Christmas uses the cheapest wrapping paper, quite different from the naice paper that Mummy and Daddy wrap presents in. HTH.

rubyrubyruby Sat 17-Nov-12 10:46:48

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Ileithyia Sat 17-Nov-12 10:45:13

Nope. The presents under the tree are wrapped, stockings aren't.

I never wrap stocking presents. Neither my parents or DH parents did either smile

wildstrawberryplace Sat 17-Nov-12 10:38:52

Yes, it's more fun!

I wrap stocking presents such as books, socks, bubble bath etc in the same paper that the main Father Christmas present comes in, but smaller things like mini figures, key rings etc in tissue paper - usually from Paperchase as they do some good printed kids tissue paper. Only the satsuma, chocolate coins and candy cane are unwrapped.

VoldemortsNipple Sat 17-Nov-12 10:12:15

I wrap stocking presents but not with much care. Also as the dcs are getting older, they get less tat presents so it makes present opening time a bit more exciting.

Last year I left the dcs in charge of sorting mine and DHs stocking. DD wraped everything up. We had loads of fun opening them. Even scrooge dh loved it.

We even wrap the dogs stocking presents. Last year he came downstairs and could smell his stocking. He was yapping and wagging his tail. Every time he went a bit closer he knocked a squeeky toy and got even more excited. Each time we gave him a present, he would love ripping the paper off to find what was inside grin

RhinestoneCowgirl Sat 17-Nov-12 08:27:33

Have never wrapped so can't start now or my already suspicious 6yr old would have even more cause...

iloveholidays Sat 17-Nov-12 08:20:07

Thanks for the tip re different wrapping paper, definitely going to do that this year as DD2 has now got a larger quantity than in the past.

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