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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.

waltermittymissus Tue 17-Dec-13 21:44:43

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??

waltermittymissus Tue 17-Dec-13 21:45:27

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

InTheRedCorner Tue 17-Dec-13 21:49:30

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)

waltermittymissus Tue 17-Dec-13 21:50:14

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.

WhispersOfWickedness Tue 17-Dec-13 22:17:54

Just stocking tat from Father Christmas here smile

waltermittymissus Tue 17-Dec-13 22:20:08

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.

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