Where are you from and what does Santa bring?
PinkyU · 04/12/2021 18:23
We live in Scotland and Santa brings everything that arrives on Christmas Day, family/friends who bring gifts before or after are from them. I don’t know another Scottish person who does it differently.
I see often on here that Santa only brings one gift, stocking gifts or few but not everything etc.
I wonder if it’s a cultural thing within the UK (or wider)?
So where are you and what does the big man in the red suit bring?
Wheelerdeeler · 04/12/2021 21:31
I adore the magic of Christmas morning. Santa brings the gifts from the list and fills a stocking. The surprises are the best bit.
We exchange token gifts then so kids buy for us, us for them but low value.
Relatives give gifts when we meet up.
Pickles89 · 04/12/2021 21:27
I'm from Germany, though came to the UK to stay when I was a baby. St Nikolaus came on the night of the 5th and left a chocolate Santa in one of each of our shoes. Then 'Father Christmas' came on Christmas Eve when everyone was asleep (deviating from German tradition there! German kids normally have Baby Jesus dropping their goods off in the afternoon/evening of Christmas Eve instead). Father Christmas filled our pillowcases left at the end of the bed in preparation, and left a pile of wrapped presents each under the tree, with a Big Thing like a bike or dolls house or whatever there too. Our parents didn't give us anything which I always thought a bit odd! Until the year my dad had a big work crisis and it looked like he'd be away for Christmas Day - then my mum bought us each a stocking and filled it with 'stocking filler' type stuff ready to give to us to keep us occupied until we could have a belated family Christmas. Anyway, the work crisis didn't happen in the end, but the stockings were ready so we had them anyway, and every Christmas since too!! We were very spoiled by FC but our extended family were all crap and disinterested so we didn't get presents from them like most children would.
Thatsplentyjack · 04/12/2021 21:25
Scotland here too and santa brings everything.
MyCatHatesWhiskas · 04/12/2021 21:22
Santa brought sacks of presents when I was a kid - we didn’t have a separate stocking. Then tree presents were from grandparents and friends/family. Yorkshire here.
We always knew our parents had input because they would leave us with the grandparents to “go and see Father Christmas”. So I think on some level we knew they had input and paid for things, but believed Father Christmas delivered.
maofteens · 04/12/2021 21:22
I'm English but grew up in America. We didn't do stockings. We got a couple presents from Santa when small, with the odd gift from a relative. As we got a bit older (and more affluent) more presents and I don't remember the who from bit. I mean I can't remember the transition from Santa to my parents. My closest friends were Jewish so had nothing to compare.
With my own kids I just didn't label most things and I suppose the assumption was Santa. Now they are teens and I put from Santa on a few little things.
Helenluvsrob · 04/12/2021 21:16
Santa brings a stocking ( now actually a stocking - a pillowcase or gift bag ) with a slightly mad assortment of goodies. He still brings them even for grown ups !
( my family traditions so Yorkshire/ notts )
Dislike Santa as the postie. Gives an idea he’ll bring anything regardless of expense and that parents / grandparent don’t do anything ( or give you even more leading to those insane heaps of gifts on Facebook).
Also why doesn’t Santa bring their mate an iPad too ??
thinkningaboutit · 04/12/2021 21:08
But people on this thread did say it was about taking credit and that's what I was responding to.
As you'll see for a lot of people in Scotland the tradition was for Santa to bring everything so it's certainly not something that one generation created to be selfish. People have different traditions.
The disparity issue is good to consider and this forms part of the story that different families tell their children. It seems everyone does it a little differently and children still believe up to a point.
UndertheCedartree · 04/12/2021 21:07
We're in SE England. Here Father Christmas brings the stocking. Presents under the tree are from family and friends.
firstimemamma · 04/12/2021 21:07
England, 3 year old. Father Christmas brings 5 small gifts and puts them in ds' stocking. Everything else is under the tree and labelled as from mummy and daddy or friend / relative etc.
anon51 · 04/12/2021 21:05
I'm in the south east, Santa brings stockings and a couple other gifts. We have a separate pile from us and presents under the tree are from other family members.
jerometheturnipking · 04/12/2021 21:02
Scotland - Same as you OP for both my and DH's families. We do the same for DC. Everything we buy is from Santa, anything else is from who it's from.
DC (6 and 8) tried the "so what are you getting us?" today when we were talking about what to buy my brother and they got the "eh you get plenty from Santa, sunshine.".
ColdTattyWaitingForSummer · 04/12/2021 20:55
Grew up in the south east calling him Father Christmas. He brought a stocking, and then tree presents were from my parents. We didn’t have a lot of extended family to give anything, but I got an annual each year from my mum’s best friend.
I live in Scotland now and do / did the same for my dc, but I remember ex mil giving dc a big sack of presents “from Santa” and I do think it’s more of a “thing” here for everything to be from him.
I don’t think it’s necessarily about credit, although the hug and thank you is nice, but I do remember a story of a friend being quite upset because her parents (who apparently did the whole FC does everything thing) hadn’t bought her a gift! Although that may be apocryphal.
mumto4boys16 · 04/12/2021 20:54
I'm from Wales. Growing up everything came from Santa but with my kids he brings the stocking and one present. He delivers the others but they are from us. I don't know how we ended up doing it like that, ours are still young though and even my eldest who's 7 doesn't talk about it with his friends yet
starsparkle08 · 04/12/2021 20:51
I’m in England and Santa brings most of it to make it magical , then I buy a few smaller bits
crystal1717 · 04/12/2021 20:50
Originally from south of england.
Santa brings stocking fillers and some biggish presents to children at dawn.
Main presents under the tree from parents and family. They also appear overnight but not from santa. Opened around 11am to 1pm one by one.
Shmithecat2 · 04/12/2021 20:50
SE England with an Irish mother - Father Xmas brings the stocking presents only, but he also delivers all the presents from everyone else.
mummabubs · 04/12/2021 20:50
From the south of England, in my house father Christmas bought a stocking full of small goodies. In my. DH's house (also south of England) father Christmas brought everything. We've decided to mirror my family's approach with our kids as we liked the idea of our children knowing their big presents come from us.
OhYeahyeahyeah · 04/12/2021 20:47
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OhYeahyeahyeah · 04/12/2021 20:47
Santa brings everything that's written on DCs Christmas list - Everything else is from Mummy and Daddy!
lazylinguist · 04/12/2021 20:44
From south east England. Father Christmas does the stocking of little bits and bobs. The other presents are all from whoever they're actually from. Nothing to do with taking credit, it's just what was always done in my family!
twocandlelady · 04/12/2021 20:44
Scotland and he brings everything
Pebbles16 · 04/12/2021 20:43
South England. Father Christmas brings stockings (little things) for morning excitement and then open the family presents after lunch (always late, usually about 5pm)
LockdownCheeseToastie · 04/12/2021 20:41
Various uk heritage in the family. Chose to do stockings only from Father Christmas for my kids and main presents from actual people. Avoids the why did x get a PlayStation and I didn’t debate and means the humans are thanked.
Smurf123 · 04/12/2021 20:40
We also do it like @Thinkbiglittleone Santa comes regardless and he leaves you a selection of gifts he thinks you might like. Sometimes it will be from your list but certainly not all of it and you can't be greedy. As kids we were always encouraged to put another 3 things on our list to give Santa a choice and "a surprise" was always to be one thing on there.
Santa doesn't bring live animals was always a key rule. We genuinely don't think we ever questioned why someone else got different from us tbh we were taught to appreciate what we had and be thankful for the things we were given.
Livefortherain · 04/12/2021 20:39
Santa brings one present which goes under the tree. This year it is a colour reveal Barbie, a Lego ferrari and an ambulance. It is something small and never any technology.
I didn't want the big man taking all the credit and I definitely can't hide the amount of Amazon boxes that arrive. My children know the rest of the Christmas presents come from us and that they are in those boxes. They also know where I hide them.
Zero chance of them sneaking a look though because I wrap them up straight away and they go in the back of the cupboard where nobody likes to venture 😂 they would have to take a lot of stuff out to get to them and at 8 & 9, they can't be bothered with that!
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