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to wrap or to display under the tree?

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pipo Tue 28-Oct-08 21:43:11

I have bought a train set for my DS for Christmas. Should I wrap the box and put it under the tree or should I assemble the train set and put it under the tree on Xmas Eve so that it is ready to go on Xmas morning? DS is 3.

nickytwooootimes Tue 28-Oct-08 21:44:09

Assemble. That would be so fab!

ja9 Tue 28-Oct-08 21:44:30


nickytwooootimes Tue 28-Oct-08 21:44:31

and there's anothe assemble from my dh too.

nancy75 Tue 28-Oct-08 21:44:46

build it but cover with big sheet of wrapping paper, dont leave it in the box, they take all day to build and your ds will get annoyed waiting to play

ohIdoliketobebesidethe Tue 28-Oct-08 21:45:03

I would assemble then wrap. The unwrapping is very important part of present giving imo. I do understand the need to assemble though (have dd 3).

Twims Tue 28-Oct-08 21:45:53

Assemble then hide behind a couple of big boxes grin

misselizabethbennet Tue 28-Oct-08 21:48:00

I'd wrap it - in our house Santa brings a sack of presents so it wouldn't make sense otherwise.

pipo Tue 28-Oct-08 21:51:10

aaargh! assemble and wrap!?! wish I hadn't asked now.

Gettingbiggernow Tue 28-Oct-08 21:53:49

DH says DEFINATELY wrap up in box as half the fun is putting it together!!! Apparently you get bored of it more quickly if it's all ready to go straight away grin

Inside every grown man is a small boy hey...

pipo Tue 28-Oct-08 21:58:44

mmm, yes putting it together would keep him occupied whilst I panic over Xmas dinner but if he was wailing for help I'd be running back and forth panicking more,perhaps I could get him to practise in the local toyshop and then make a judgement.

cherryliquormonster Tue 28-Oct-08 23:44:27

i would assemble it and make the track go round the base of your christmas tree. just before he gets up turn it on and let him come into room with the train chuffing around the tree. fill the carriages with little goodies too. he will love it.

pipo Wed 29-Oct-08 20:29:17

O.K. I have just opened the box to check that all of the pieces are there and it was very excitingblush. I am going to go with the wrap the box option for lots of oooh aaah when opening up all the bits and pieces (not too many for a 3 year old I think) and it will hopefully keep him busy when I'm in the kitchen. Thank you for your replies.

Waswondering Wed 29-Oct-08 20:36:51

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

pipo Wed 29-Oct-08 20:42:13

no wiry bits thank goodness ( had that problem last year), just bits of railway etc in separate cardboard boxes in a big cardboard box, so he should be fine with opening it all.

Dottoressa Wed 29-Oct-08 20:42:29

Assemble, then wrap (or drape a big sheet or something over it)!

Dottoressa Wed 29-Oct-08 20:43:07

Sorry - I see you have decided! That will teach me to read whole threads...

pipo Wed 29-Oct-08 20:43:53


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