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Do you put presents under the tree before Christmas eve?

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OvO Sat 21-Sep-13 16:43:22

I remember presents being put under the tree a week or more before and all the fun of squishing/shaking them.

But I've always waited and put everything out once my boys are in bed on Christmas eve. Presents sent from family/friends get put under the tree whenever they arrive though.

I'd like to put EVERYTHING out early because I'm a wrapping saddo blush and make all the parcels all pretty and would like to enjoy the nice chismassy scene. But my children are evil not to be trusted! I think they'd peek.

Do you put yours out early and do your DC snoop? A shake is allowed but no sneaky peeling of cellotape!

2kidsintow Sat 21-Sep-13 19:11:42

Presents that go under the tree before Christmas eve fall into a couple of categories.

Presents that we have been given by friends before the day and
Presents that we have bought and wrapped that will be taken to family at Christmas.

The DD's and Dh's gifts appear as if by magic on Christmas eve or Christmas morning.

Rubybrazilianwax Sat 21-Sep-13 19:18:55

I put their gifts from family/friends under the tree, also put stuff I've wrapped for people under the tree if I know they are going to be calling. I put their xmas eve gift from me under there, I dont do an actual 'hamper'. Also presents for dh and I are under there too.

Katieweasel Sat 21-Sep-13 19:46:54

Love presents under the tree but have a sneaky peeker. So to get around this I wrap empty boxes and put them under the tree instead. No one suspects that they are cereal boxes!

Anthracite Sat 21-Sep-13 20:16:31

We are practising Christian, so don't have any need to do Santa.

In addition, I am a firm believer in teaching my children to be patient (in this age of instant gratification), so I don't mind having presents under the tree for a few days.

In reality, this means having presents from relatives for a few days, and then from us for one day (we are last minute shoppers and even more last minute wrappers). Perhaps my children are conditioned to be unexcited about GP and aunt/uncle presents ;).

We don't (usually) put presents out in the small hours of Christmas morning. During the day on Christmas Eve is more normal.

It is lovely as they get older to watch them buy, wrap and place presents under the tree for their siblings and us.

There is so much more joy in giving than getting. The true meaning of Christmas.

BornToFolk Sat 21-Sep-13 20:28:39

Everything (bar the stocking, of course) goes under the tree here, as soon as the tree goes up.

I love seeing all the presents piled up, the tree looks so bare with nothing underneath! DS has never shown any inclination to peep. Actually, he's remarkably unbothered by the presents...apart from the occasional "is that big one mine?"

DesperatelySeekingSedatives Sat 21-Sep-13 20:54:37

Nothing gets put out til Christmas Eve when they kids are in bed in this house or they'd both simply dive in and open it all, but they're young (6 and 2) so I guess that's understandable. DP is 35 and would show similar lack of self control but not sure the same excuses can be made for him!

dementedma Sat 21-Sep-13 21:24:20

We put them put before Xmas eve. It makes the tree looks all exciting and festive. We just trained the Dcs that they weren't allowed to touch, same as no stocking opening before 7.30. Or if they do, no waking us up! They are fine with that and always have been since they were tiny.
They also don't get to open their under tree presents until after church.

StarlightMcKenzie Sat 21-Sep-13 21:30:18

NO. Course not.

Don't even put the tree up until Christmas Eve.

Stays up for the full Christmas period though despite the fact that the shops give up with the commercial stuff after the day.

IdaClair Sat 21-Sep-13 21:39:52

Presents go under the tree as we wrap them, all labelled accordingly. Only chocolatey ones don't as I worry about them melting or spoiling in a hot room.

Only stockings come from Father Christmas and they are in the bedrooms by the fireplaces.

Children don't peek. And there isn't often a huge pile, as most are delivered to others' trees in the preceding couple of weeks so it is usually only ours, 2 DCs and family we're seeing on the day under there - the DCs have 3-4 packages each from us, not a huge mountain.

lade Sat 21-Sep-13 22:29:04

Yes, but just the one.

In our family, it is tradition that when the tree goes up, the joke present goes under the tree. This present is layered and heavily disguised. Every day you are allowed to touch, smell and shake your present for clues. You may also make one guess every day. If you guess accurately, you may open up the present. If not, it goes back for the next day. (In over 30 years, I have never guessed the present!) Guesses have to be specific, so a CD would be no good. You'd have to say "Now 90 album" etc.

My girls love this, as they believe that they will guess their present. They have no chance. grin.

The rest are put under the tree on Christmas Eve. However, if the girls are given any presents from other people before Christmas, that will go under the tree.

VoldemortsNipple Sat 21-Sep-13 23:03:57

I've pondered with the idea of putting the bulk of the presents under the tree this year as youngest dc is 11. But I just don't think I could bring myself to do it. It would spoil the magic, it's bad enough that the dcs won't let me leave FC a snack wink We usually have the gifts for extended family and presents that dcs have bought under the tree and then on CE, I pack them up to give out, wait for dcs to go to bed and spend ages rearranging the presents in a big mixed heap around the tree.

Christmas morning, I play the elf and hand out the presents so everybody has something to open. I have the presents arranged so they don't open them in the wrong order and get an accessory for a bigger present first. It works better like this, especially as the big box presents have been swapped for £40-50 DVD size cases with Xbox games instead.

StuntGirl Mon 23-Sep-13 00:00:48

Yes, our presents go under the three as we get them. We also put other people's presents under the tree until we can give them to them.

No children here though, if there were everything would be hidden til Christmas Eve when Santa brings them grin

StupidFlanders Mon 23-Sep-13 02:40:47

Yes I love looking at wrapped presents and love watching dcs trying to guess what's inside!
Only Santa delivers on Xmas eve and in our house the best stuff comes from us- Santa only brings small treats.

42notTrendy Mon 23-Sep-13 03:04:31

We put our gifts for other people under the tree, then the 'elves' come and fetch them in the night to take to Santa. Ds loves that. All gifts to us get sent to Santa in the same way, so nothing is under the tree for more than 24 hrs. Then Santa puts presents for ds in a sack in his room and presents for us go under the tree.
Long may the deceit continue!

nooka Mon 23-Sep-13 03:19:02

My family tradition is to put the tree up after dark on Christmas Eve, after having decorated the rest of the house. Then all the presents go under it through to Christmas day opening time. Which is also after dark, so that the candles can be lit and admired first. The tree stay up until twelfth night Very traditional! We each got one present first thing in the morning but otherwise had to wait. I suspect my own children would say that that was torture!

kiwik Mon 23-Sep-13 03:42:27

We don't put the tree up until Christmas Eve. Presents get put under once the DCs are all in bed - I won't say asleep, as they often aren't.

The worst year was the one where we bought them a trampoline, and had to assemble it in the garden. Several glasses of prosecco down, and I thought we'd still be building it by morning.
We didn't learn our lesson - the following year DH bought a swingset. hmmangry

LovesBeingOnHoliday Mon 23-Sep-13 05:18:35

Dh and I have this argument every year, his presents always went under, mine came from Santa therefore appear on the morning. I win grin

chanie44 Mon 23-Sep-13 06:48:08

Presents for and from other people go under the tree right away.

Small presents for the children go out as soon as try are wrapped.

Main present goes out on Xmas eve when they are asleep.

melliebobs Mon 23-Sep-13 06:53:07

No. My dog can't be trusted

ben5 Mon 23-Sep-13 06:54:47

santa brings all presents on Christmas when we are all in bed!!

attheendoftheday Mon 23-Sep-13 08:22:31

katieweasel that is genius!

bouncysmiley Mon 23-Sep-13 08:28:57

No it ruins the magic of Christmas morning

ParvatiTheWitch Mon 23-Sep-13 08:35:54

I did last year and the new cat pissed on them shock

Marne Mon 23-Sep-13 13:51:47

Ours don't go under the tree until Christmas eve as dd2 would open them and the dogs would sniff out any food gifts smile

When I was a kid we always put presents from family under the tree as we were given them then on Christmas eve father Christmas would put them in our sacks with the gift from him (we didn't do stockings).

Marne Mon 23-Sep-13 13:53:39

Surely santa doesn't bring presents from family and friends? (not fair that he takes all the credit) hmm

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