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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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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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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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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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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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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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Chakraleaf · 04/12/2021 19:25

Santa just brings the stocking here.

England.

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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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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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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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kitkat6 · 04/12/2021 19:28

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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