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What feelings do you get when watching your children play with their new toys on Christmas day? Share with Mega Bloks for a chance to win a £300 voucher NOW CLOSED

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RebeccaEMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 15-Dec-16 15:16:40

Christmas morning is a time full of excitement and anticipation; especially for children excited about the gifts they’ve been left, but also for parents eager to see their children enjoy them. Mega Bloks would like you to tell them about your feelings once you’re watching your children play with their new toys on Christmas Day.

So, whether you usually feel completely captivated by your children’s happiness or you’re just glad that the shopping for the day is finally over with for another year, share your feelings below.

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All those who post a comment below sharing their feelings when watching their children play with their gifts on Christmas Day will be entered into a prize draw where one MNer will win a £300 ToysRUs voucher.

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SimplyNigella Thu 15-Dec-16 20:52:51

I try not to go overboard with gifts at Christmas and so far I've had a really good success rate on gifts being loved. However, there is always one present that is a surprise hit- maybe something I've bought at the last minute or something that was semi-practical and I thought they would just like but have absolutely loved. I adore watching them play with and discover their presents in their own way, often imagining them in completely different ways to what I expected when I chose them.

Sleepysausage Fri 16-Dec-16 02:33:33

We love watching our daughter play with her new toys in Xmas day. It always leads us to reminisce about previous gifts and how much she is growing and developing into her own person

foxessocks Fri 16-Dec-16 02:38:46

Just love at the look of joy and excitement on her face!

voyager50 Fri 16-Dec-16 09:47:31

It's a sense of relief that the Christmas shopping is over for another year, happiness that he is enjoying his presents but tinged with a sense of waste that in a couple of months time the novelty will have worn off and all the new things won't be played with so much!

FlopIsMyParentingGuru Fri 16-Dec-16 09:51:54

I actually find all the "stuff" a bit overwhelming and my kids are kind of slow burn toy enjoyed but I love watching them unwrap them and see the surprise on their faces. Especially when they are little. There's real magic there.

sianihedgehog Fri 16-Dec-16 11:48:25

My boy is only 16 months, so last year I mostly just laughed at him eating the tissue paper!

ThenBellaDidSomethingVeryKind Fri 16-Dec-16 12:08:46

I love the satisfaction of seeing them open something they've asked for - but also the excitement of a successful surprise

Mehfruittea Fri 16-Dec-16 12:32:34

I love to take a picture that captures the moment he sees the toy. There is no social filter on a child - they tell you the truth and show it on their faces. I love to see my sons eyes, twinkling with excitement, pull the paper off and the smile on his face is pure joy and gratitude. He says thank you to santa and does a giddy little dance. Then as he plays with the toy, he makes up a game to include santa. "He will be so sad if he misses out.." I love to watch this as his generosity astounds me. I learn from him how to have fun and appreciate the simple things.

WowOoo Fri 16-Dec-16 13:06:40

I feel all nostalgic and sentimental. We were looking at old videos of Christmas. There was one where Ds was playing with a box for ages and hadn't noticed that there was a bike with stabilisers wrapped up and leaning on the wall.

purplepandas Fri 16-Dec-16 13:21:42

It is lovely! Just wish there was more time for playing on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Most of the playing takes place after that.

Lookinatu Fri 16-Dec-16 14:16:11

To be honest it was always seeing my son getting excited that santa has been. But this year he has a new baby sister and my son has asked can his sister have her presents first as he's had millions of Christmases (only 4) and he wants her to open hers first so he can see if she likes them. After that comment I will be thinking how proud I am of him and how lovely he is and I hope he gets everything he wanted.

ButterflyOfFreedom Fri 16-Dec-16 14:26:11

The joy & happiness they show when they realise Santa has been - especially if he's left a specific present they have asked for!
Makes me feel all warm & fuzzy - and a bit emotional (in a good way!!).
It really is magical!

asuwere Fri 16-Dec-16 14:50:28

It is lovely - I don't get them too much but it is lovely to watch them getting excited and then spending the day(s) playing without the usual demands for TV/PC. Although, I have to say, with the youngest, it's just as exciting for him when I swap the toys around to different boxes so he finds what he thinks are new toys!
I really enjoy seeing them getting excited fgrin

Yummum19 Fri 16-Dec-16 17:41:30

My favourite part is the look on my daughters face when she opens the one gift she's asked Santa for. I always get a number of gifts of course but there's always one thing she fixates on.

This year it's a jellyfish!
I didn't think I'd be able to follow through this one until I found a light up tank with some plastic jellyfish in them fgrin she's going to love it!

GoodyGoodyGumdrops Fri 16-Dec-16 20:49:01

By the time Christmas Day comes around I'm already fed up of it. We didn't do Chtistmas growing up, so at first it was an exciting novelty for me. But once I had dc I no longer enjoyed it. I don't need an excuse to give my dc presents, and I'd much rather spread presents out through the year. Christmas is just an orgy of presents/food/crowds and commercialism. And the day itself is an exercise in managing expectations.

Bah humbug!

mumsbe Fri 16-Dec-16 21:00:13

I love Christmas morning when the kids open their presents. It reminds me of when I was a child and the excitement I had. Especially when they ask for something similar to what I had when I was a child.
And then how they believe in the magic of Christmas.

doleritedinosaur Fri 16-Dec-16 23:03:21

I love making new traditions as a family and seeing DS explore and being so excited over different presents.
We decided to not go overboard, especially as he's young as well. He has one present from "santa" and the rest from us and family/friends.

DS is obsessed with the christmas tree, he loves having the lights on so can't wait for him to have the presents. Last year he fell asleep straight after unwrapping so can't wait to see what he does this year.

I love his little "Ta" once you hand him something and he has a few at the in laws to unwrap as well so will enjoy the walk up there.

rosybell Sat 17-Dec-16 07:13:54

I don't know, I guess I feel guilty when the kids are playing in a living room that is carpeted with wrapping paper and packaging. Seems so wasteful, environmentally. Saw great ideas on Pinterest for environmentally friendly wrapping ideas.
Obviously I love seeing my kids happy, who doesn't? But it also is a bit sad. My kids don't know how lucky they are and I often think of all the children around the world and in this country, who are waking up with nothing to open. Sorry to be bar humbug , but that is kind how I feel when I watch them opening so many presents!

GoodyGoodyGumdrops Sat 17-Dec-16 09:13:05

Totally get you, redbell. Which is why choosing which of our own possessions we will give to a charity, and giving them away, is part of our Christmas Eve.

GoodyGoodyGumdrops Sat 17-Dec-16 09:13:29

Sorry, rosybell.

littledinaco Sat 17-Dec-16 12:14:55

Love watching them open presents and sort them all out afterwards, deciding what to play with. We always stay at home on Christmas Day and just let them play with all the new toys.

MakeTeaNotWar Sat 17-Dec-16 14:08:10

Love it! Fills me with joy and I hope we are creating very special childhood memories for both children.

ClockBusCanada Sat 17-Dec-16 14:46:45

Mostly where the heck are we going to put all this! I love that Megabloks at least come with their own containers.

queenoftheschoolrun Sat 17-Dec-16 16:31:08

DD and I share a love of craft, books and board games so I'm looking forward to playing with her presents as much as she is!

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