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Where are you from and what does Santa bring?
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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?

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bigbeatmanifesto · 04/12/2021 20:37

North West England, Father Christmas brings everything except stocking fillers.

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Starcaller · 04/12/2021 20:37

You do just get used to your own traditions I think.

Our present-opening routine when I was a kid was one present picked from under the tree and given to the recipient and they would open it, then the next one. It did take hours Grin and we would have a break usually. But it meant you saw what everyone got and it felt like such an event.

When my mum remarried, the first Christmas we spent with my step-family was totally different. They just all opened all their gifts at the same time, it was chaos, and Mum and I sat there looking at each other in shock Grin But that was just the way they did it.

It's usually just my mum and stepdad and me, DH, DD now as the others have lots of different family commitments, so we have gone back to the one gift at a time routine Grin

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PinkyU · 04/12/2021 20:37

@Hoolihan kids don’t expect to get gifts from their parents as they know only Santa brings them gifts.

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HeyMicky · 04/12/2021 20:34

South East. Father Christmas brings the stockings only

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Thinkbiglittleone · 04/12/2021 20:32

I say that fully enjoying hearing everyone else's way, appreciating that everyone is different and we don't think our way is right, it's just our way and certainly no more selfish than any others,

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NigellaSeed · 04/12/2021 20:32

East Anglia. Faster Christmas brought everything Christmas Day. The little things in our stockings were from him. Presents under tree were from family but FC delivered them.

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Smurf123 · 04/12/2021 20:32

Like @maggiemuff I'm in ni and Santa bring everything from us (parents). Presents from extended family are from them and put under the Christmas tree as and when they arrive. How it is for everyone I know. He does fill our stocking too but usually with chocolate coins, Bath bubbles, new toothbrush, socks (ie stuff we need and would have gotten anyway)
Oh and in our house Santa doesn't have time to wrap his presents. Each child has their own space eg sofa where he puts their presents and magically sorts the presents from family members that were under the tree to the correct sofa too.

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Hoolihan · 04/12/2021 20:30

SE England and FC brings the stockings only. If FC brings everything how do you explain to your kids that you haven't bought them anything??

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stargirl1701 · 04/12/2021 20:30

Scottish & born in Scotland - he brings one gift and a stocking.

I grew up being told everything but I did not wish to replicate that.

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Thinkbiglittleone · 04/12/2021 20:29

Its nothing to do with Santa taking credit... I don't want any 'credit' from my kids but you have got to be aware that giving your kids big, expensive, extravagant or 'must have' gifts 'from' Santa is a unfair
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Why did Santa bring your kid the 'lol doll super xmas bundle' that cost £150 and was sold out everywhere where as you daughters best who also really wanted it didn't get it 'from' Santa?

Its easy to explain that mam/dad couldn't buy it because it was sold out or too expensive but why didn't Santa 'magic' it if he can bring ANYTHING and EVERYTHING?

Big gifts should not be from Santa, it was never designed to be like that and its very much something that arrived from our generation parents trying to go above and beyond in a keeping up with the Jones competition without thinking of the effects on other people... its pure selfishness.

I have to disagree, it depends on the way you raise your children,
Our DS puts a few things on a list and Father Christmas brings him a selection off it.

He knows other children will have things he doesn't and visa versa.

The child who doesn't get a specific gift will be disappointed whatever the reason, wether it mum a dad can't afford it, it was sold out or Santa chose other things off the list for you.

We teach our DS Father Christmas comes wether you are good or not, you should be good for mum a dad as standard, not for an imaginary person to get toys, so if our DS doesn't get something, it's not because he's naughty, he knows it wasn't chosen off the list. It's good they learn to appreciate what they do get,

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KateInHappyland · 04/12/2021 20:28

I'm originally from the South East and Father Christmas brought everything.
However now in East Anglia and will be raising future DC with 'Santa bringing the stocking, presents under the tree are from us' (or whoever, family etc.).

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dalrympy · 04/12/2021 20:28

Nope. Santa brings stocking only. All other presents are from whoever they are from.

Impossible to do differently as all other presents are opened on Christmas Eve European style!

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Skyeheather · 04/12/2021 20:25

Scotland - Mummy & Daddy bring the main present, Santa brings a stocking and presents from friends and family are from friends and family.

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MissDollyMix · 04/12/2021 20:24

For some reason I get irrationally distressed that other people do it differently to the way I’ve always known. I think it’s because some part of me still believes in Father Christmas (despite the fact that he is now me!) DH and I both grew up in the south east and Father Christmas just brought the stockings. DH’s stockings were a bit dull and had things like socks and toothbrushes whereas mine were filled with little presents. My mother and aunt used to decorate the (proper) chimney with sooty footprints, a little fake snow and some of those little stars. It was so magical and exciting, I can still smell it now. All the presents under the tree were from friends and relatives. I used to love watching the pile of beautifully wrapped presents grow bigger as Christmas grew closer. Nothing like having a sneaky poke and trying to guess what each one contained! So, we do it the exact same way for our children.
I was chatting to someone the other day who doesn’t allow ANYONE to bring presents to her house. She intercepts everything as it all must come via Father Christmas. Sounds a bit exhausting. DS did ask me a couple of years ago why he only had little presents from Father Christmas and his best friend had a Switch. I think I made up some fluff but it was a bit awkward!

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Starcaller · 04/12/2021 20:23

Oh gosh yes, stockings at the end of bed! The joy of waking up at silly o'clock and hearing the telltale scrunch of the wrapped stuff in the stocking when you moved in bed. Mine always had stuff aimed at keeping me entertained for as long as possible so I wouldn't go and wake my mum up Grin And the requisite monkey nuts and satsuma!

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Chatwin · 04/12/2021 20:22

@Avarua

He's Father Christmas to my parents. The word Santa is considered to be distastefully American.

I don't know anyone in Scotland who says Father Christmas, it's always Santa.
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Chatwin · 04/12/2021 20:20

Scotland here, Santa brought stocking and 1 main (but not massively expensive) gift. Same for DH, and same for our DCs. Parents bought higher value gifts, we do the same for our DC. presents also from aunts, grandparents etc.

I was told by DP that putting out anything other than a stocking (e.g. a pillow case or sack) was incredibly grabby 😳

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Largethighsbadeyes · 04/12/2021 20:19

When I say stocking presents I mean small/medium things like books, board games, clothes etc.

We've never done the stocking for an orange/chocolate coins etc

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OddsNSodsBitsNBobs · 04/12/2021 20:16

Father Christmas in our house, home counties. Although not adverse to Santa and know it isnt just an Americanism!

FC brings everything in our house this doesn't mean it's all from him! so presents from us, family and friends appear with FCs gifts on Christmas morning, it's all clearly labelled from gifted. I suppose FC is a fancier more magical version of DPD! My parents did the same, love it. I've had this same conversation in real life a d unless it's your tradition people dont get it. What seems normal to you might not to someone else doesn't mean its less magical 🤔

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Largethighsbadeyes · 04/12/2021 20:15

North Yorkshire.

Santa (or father christmas as we call him) brings the majority of the presents so stocking and some bigger gifts round the bottom. We get 1 big present from us which goes under the tree.

This is purely because when I was little, santa brought everything and I used to question why my parents didn't buy me anything and that's one reason o figured it out so soon. I was hoping this way mine would believe for a bit longer.

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TheSmallAssassin · 04/12/2021 20:13

We've always done stocking presents (magically arrive at the end of your bed) from Father Christmas, everything else from the people who gave them. I just think it gets complicated otherwise. And to be honest, yet another thing that (generally) women thanklessly do. Christmas is about giving and receiving gifts from your loved ones.

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CeeceeBloomingdale · 04/12/2021 20:10

I'm 45, on Christmas Eve we got new PJs from my parents, a tradition we've carried on. We never questioned why my parents didn't give a gift on Christmas Day. My eldest did question me when she was about 3 and I reminded her we buy the Christmas Eve box and she was satisfied with that answer. Never did I or my children compare what we got with friends so I don't buy into the minimising for the greater picture and to protect friends. We just taught them to be polite when thanking relatives for gifts and never to brag or be smug with their friends (as it turns out they never even discussed it). Christmas lists never had more than 3 things on them although they got much more than that.

In the NE Christmas is massive. Santa (or Santy) brings everything for most and hardly anyone says Father Christmas rather than Santa. I personally hate the fact parents want to take credit for larger presents, the magic is only there for a short time and when they get older and realise, then they can appreciate all you did.

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Isabelle70 · 04/12/2021 20:09

My grandparents were from London where they would have Christmas stocking filled with small gifts that would keep you amused until lunch time. This tradition passed down to my mum and also to me with my children. We also do not open any presents from under the tree until after lunch.
I can't understand why the best presents should come from Santa, surely children should appreciate what gifts their parents get for them?

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MsSquiz · 04/12/2021 20:00

I'm in the Northumberland/from Newcastle. I think, growing up, Santa brought all my presents that DM bought or he just brought the "big" presents (i don't remember which)

For DD who will be 2 this December, we will be having Santa bring the stocking gifts, and all other gifts from the giver (DH and I, FIL, Aunties, etc)

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PollyRae16 · 04/12/2021 19:58

Midlands and if I remember rightly Santa bought everything when I was a kid. However doing a little different now I have kids.

Read a post from a social worker once that said to let your children know the really big stuff comes from you not Santa as she'd had loads of poorer parents distraught because they're child had asked if they weren't good enough or if Santa didn't like them as much because they'd got less presents. It's stuck with me so Santa with fill the stockings and everything else will be from who's actually bought it

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