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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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DollyPartBaked · 04/12/2021 19:30

London - Father Christmas brings stocking and maybe one small gift under tree.

Tbh our children are small so have zero interest/ appreciation of who brought what. They all appear on Christmas morning so is still magical. If aunties / uncles drop round we put presents out of sight anyway.

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Aroundtheworldin80moves · 04/12/2021 19:29

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.

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kitkat6 · 04/12/2021 19:28

Lincolnshire, Santa brings the stocking that appears overnight, family buy presents under the tree

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SickAndTiredAgain · 04/12/2021 19:27

For people where Santa brings everything, do the children think their parents don’t get them a present?

I’m in the SE, and growing up, Santa brought the stockings, plus maybe a joint present for my sisters and me - if there was a family board game or something for example. DD is only 2.5, and we’ll probably do the same but we haven’t really discussed it.

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qualitygirl · 04/12/2021 19:27

I'm in Ireland...when I was little Santa brought everything but with mine Santa bring 2-3 gifts and mummy and daddy do the main gift and stocking.

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ForTheLoveOfSleep · 04/12/2021 19:26

South West. Father Christmas brings around 10 medium and small gifts. Everything else is from who it's from.

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Chakraleaf · 04/12/2021 19:25

Santa just brings the stocking here.

England.

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KeyboardWorriers · 04/12/2021 19:23

Yorkshire, Father Christmas brings a small stocking of little bits. Family buy the big gifts.

But not sure if the split is geographic or based on (mumsnet favourite) social class?

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psuedocream3 · 04/12/2021 19:21

Same here, everything from Father Christmas, and when we visit family they get gifts from them too. I think we've always done it this way as it's how we've always known it from books, cartoons and films, we just carry it on

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Mammma91 · 04/12/2021 19:19

I’m in Scotland too. Santa brings the lot except the main present. But DC too young to understand

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BertieBotts · 04/12/2021 19:18

Midlands, Father Christmas brings stockings and some of the presents under the tree are labelled as being from him as well. We also keep some presents back so only a few are left under the tree before Christmas Eve and then overnight the majority appear which makes it more exciting.

I'm not sure if I thought he brought presents or not, I guess I probably just knew it was a story. It was always pretty vague and not defined in my house.

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beachblob · 04/12/2021 19:16

SW here. When I was little, FC brought one small present which was hidden in the tree.
We use my husbands tradition with our kids which is that FC brings stocking presents only.

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mam0918 · 04/12/2021 19:10

@thinkningaboutit

Scotland and Santa brought everything growing up.

I dislike when people say they don't want Santa taking the credit. It's only magical for such a short time in a child's life. You'll get the credit when they grow up and realise anyway. I find it a bit childish.

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.

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.
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mam0918 · 04/12/2021 19:01

Northern england

I knew from reception class that santa wasn't real so don't remember believing 'Santa' brought anything because it spread through school like wild fire but I think the premis was meant to be that Santa brought everything.

I think modern concousness is what changed though, lets face it it is a dick move to give a PS5, Switch, Ipad or any expensive item and say its 'from Santa'.

Gifts under the tree are from 'real' people (us, family, friends etc...)

Santa 'brings' most things like a delivery service still but WE either pay or send them to him, that started because when my oldest was young I often had to take him shopping with me and buy things while he was there.

As times gone on I now added in and do a 'Santa Sack' from Santa and it has 12 cheap 'classic' toys in (Slinky, Harmonica, Hula hoop etc...).

Stockings are in memory of St Nick and are just tradition rather than from anyone.

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thinkningaboutit · 04/12/2021 19:00

Scotland and Santa brought everything growing up.

I dislike when people say they don't want Santa taking the credit. It's only magical for such a short time in a child's life. You'll get the credit when they grow up and realise anyway. I find it a bit childish.

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Mammyloveswine · 04/12/2021 18:58

In the north east..Santa brings everything from us... family presents are from family...

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KurtWildesChristmasNamechange · 04/12/2021 18:57

He delivers all of them though, even the ones from family and friends. The stocking presents don't have tags on, those are the special ones from him. My parents used to say on the 20th December he goes to all the houses to collect all the presents from family and friends, takes them back to his grotto, sorts them ready to deliver to the correct houses on Christmas Eve. Like a jolly postman on a sleigh. He's a very clever chap. I used to love falling asleep on the 20th because when I woke up the next day, the big bag of presents in my parents room had always disappeared and it was exciting to think Father Christmas had been in my house collecting them. I loved it so much I've done the same story with my DC.

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SenecaFallsRedux · 04/12/2021 18:55

Southern US. Santa brings gifts for children; tag says "From Santa." These are opened on Christmas Day. Other gifts from parents, friends and family have tags with their name and can arrive before, during, or after Christmas Day.

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Thinkbiglittleone · 04/12/2021 18:53

When we lived in Wales Santa brings everything, except gifts given by relatives and friends, that's from them.
In the north west now and we carry that on for our son, but I do know someone who says Santa only brings a few things and they do all the "good stuff" as they want the "credit for it" (ConfusedConfused very strange you need credit from your child Confused)

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MistyFrequencies · 04/12/2021 18:53

New Zealand. Santa brings one big present (a bike etc type thing). Other presents from mum& dad/ family. No stockings.

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lonsdaleshorts · 04/12/2021 18:53

Scotland. In the 70s, Santa bought everything bar gifts from aunts and uncles etc.

With our DC, Santa brings the stocking and one gift.

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ABCeasyasdohrayme · 04/12/2021 18:51

Scotland here and Santa brings everything, I don't get presents from anyone else so it's all down to santa.

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WhereIsMyGlasses · 04/12/2021 18:51

Scotland here, dh said all presents growing up were from Santa. For me it was mixed, some Santa's some parents although I think I knew it was all from them.

With out ds, we do a couple/few inexpensive ones from Santa and the rest from us. Dh feels the jolly fat man (his words!) shouldn't get all the credit. I feel that for parents who can't afford their children could feel that Santa didn't think they'd been good etc when Santa brings others loads.

Santa and what he's going to bring causes ds a lot of anxiety (autism), it would be so much easier to explain that he won't miss out or help him with the surprise element if he didn't believe!

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ParkheadParadise · 04/12/2021 18:51

I'm in Scotland and do the same as you @PinkyU
My parents did the same.

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DappledThings · 04/12/2021 18:49

SE England. Santa brings stockings and that's it. Everything else is from who it is from and goes under the tree whenever it is ready.

Fortunately DH had the same experience. I'd imagine it's quite a difficulty if two parents want to do things very differently.

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