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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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GiltEdges · 04/12/2021 19:58

Yorkshire.

My parents didn't do Santa with me growing up so I knew my gifts were all from them. With DS we do one gift from Santa and the rest are from us.

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gogohm · 04/12/2021 19:56

Stockings only, multiple locations in south and midlands

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Goneback2school · 04/12/2021 19:56

On Christmas eve my kids open their present from us- new PJ'S. There may already be gifts under the tree if we have seen family before Christmas. Everything else that arrives Christmas morning (including the stocking) cones from Santa. I don't think kids think too deeply about what their friends did or didn't get- mine don't anyway. I'm in Ireland.

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Starcaller · 04/12/2021 19:54

And always Santa in Scotland! Never heard anyone call him Father Christmas here, although DD has been watching Peppa and has said it a few times Grin

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Whymustyoubringinthebirds · 04/12/2021 19:52

I'm in Scotland, when I was a child santa brought everything
Now with my wee one, santa brings 2/3 gifts (typically the 'main' one) and the rest are from mum and dad and family ones are from family

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Avarua · 04/12/2021 19:52

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

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Starcaller · 04/12/2021 19:51

Scotland.
Stockings and one medium gift from Santa (left by fireplace!).

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BewareTheBeardedDragon · 04/12/2021 19:51

Main gifts are always from named real people.

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Avarua · 04/12/2021 19:51

New Zealand. Santa brings the stockings.

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BewareTheBeardedDragon · 04/12/2021 19:51

I do what my parents did for us which is stocking of small stuff from Santa and an additional visit from St Nicholas on 6th Dec when he'd fill a shoe with chocolates.
My parents are from Ireland and Germany, I think our Christmas traditions were more informed by the German heritage. We used to open presents late on Xmas eve, but I don't do that with my dc.

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Camomila · 04/12/2021 19:50

I'm from Italy, as a DC I was a bit confused whether it was 'Babbo Natale' or the baby Jesus that bought Christmas presents.

My parents did one present under the tree from Father Christmas so I do the same.

The Befana (an old lady/Christmas witch) brings stockings on the 6th January.

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RaoulDufysCat · 04/12/2021 19:49

Don't think I have ever heard anyone in my family refer to 'Santa'!

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RaoulDufysCat · 04/12/2021 19:48

London. Father Christmas brings everything for children. They don't get presents from their parents at all.

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CeeceeBloomingdale · 04/12/2021 19:45

NE, Santa brings everything we buy, whether it's in the stocking or otherwise. We gift the Christmas Eve box from us which we've been doing since 15 yo was born and before they were even a thing. Anything bought by friends or family is from them.

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MissAmbrosia · 04/12/2021 19:43

I from SE. Santa brought the stocking. I can't recall a time where I though Santa brought the main presents.

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maggiemuff · 04/12/2021 19:41

Northern Ireland. Santa brings everything (from us, their parents), if it's from a family member or friend then that is from them. I've never known anyone to do it different so maybe it's a northern Irish thing

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Loveatthe5anddime · 04/12/2021 19:39

Edinburgh born and Santa brought everything apart from anything form family members which were under the tree.

I do it the exact same way.

I don’t think children think the same way as adults, we got more that some and and less than others and I never questioned it.

If I ever ask my DC what their friends got for Christmas I get a half vacant look, a shrug of the shoulders and a “I don’t know”

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peboh · 04/12/2021 19:37

I'm from Derbyshire and Santa gifts the stocking. He also delivers the main presents, after mummy and daddy have sent him the money and list.

I don't like the idea of Santa bringing main presents, because I can only imagine how upsetting it could be for the children who come from families who have a smaller budget when Santa only brings them a couple of smaller things compared the the bigger budget families.
Family presents just come from family, they don't go to Santa or anything.

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PinkyU · 04/12/2021 19:37

Growing up every child I knew, their stocking was a sock/long school sock and only comprised of monkey nut, tangerines and if really lucky some chocolate coins. So it would seem not particularly magical for Santa to bring things like that.

My dc and all of their friends now have actual Christmas stockings and get things like sweets, magazines, small toys in them.

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Badabingbadabum · 04/12/2021 19:37

Midlands. Growing up father Christmas brought either everything, some things or everything but grandparents etc posted gifts to him to then bring to us.

Dds are 6 and 4 and we do it so that Santa brings a few presents, wrapped in different paper and labelled 'from Father Christmas'. It gets around the conversations about why some children don't have as much as others as well.

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lurkingattheback · 04/12/2021 19:36

England. Father Christmas brings some and parents/family others. Name on tags. Nothing set in stone, kids don't really care. I don't really understand why people are so strict about it.

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SickAndTiredAgain · 04/12/2021 19:34

@Aroundtheworldin80moves

I grew up in London suburbs with a Scottish mother and Midlands father. Santa filled the stocking and left one present... something like a board game. He arranged all the presents under the tree though.

We do similar now.

DH is from Yorkshire and can't remember.

That’s how Santa worked for us, no presents appeared under the tree until overnight on Christmas Eve. So presents were sent (we never saw family at Christmas, ever) and would be hidden. I’m not sure of the exact logistics, maybe my parents said grandparents sent Santa their presents and he delivered them.
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EwwSprouts · 04/12/2021 19:33

Yorkshire. Santa brings a stocking - chocolate, book, small things like slinky, rubiks cube. Big present from us.

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PinkyU · 04/12/2021 19:33

@SickAndTiredAgain yes, parents don’t buy gifts for their child/ren as Santa brings it. Parents do buy gifts for other family members.

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TangledNemo · 04/12/2021 19:31

NI here. We never had stockings or Christmas Eve boxes as kids so Santa brought everything for us. I remember getting a gift from the parents on Christmas Eve but I think they only did that for a couple of years when we were teens.
DD is only 5 months but Santa will bring everything. If she ever asks why her friends got more expensive gifts, that will be explained by he either ran out of it, thought she’d like something else more, or that person had a more difficult year so Santa is trying to make it up to them.

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