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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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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.

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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.".

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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.

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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.

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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.

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thinkningaboutit · 04/12/2021 21:08

@mam0918
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.

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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 ??

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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.

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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.

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Thatsplentyjack · 04/12/2021 21:25

Scotland here too and santa brings everything.

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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.

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Wheelerdeeler · 04/12/2021 21:31

Ireland.

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.

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Mummyme87 · 04/12/2021 21:32

From Newcastle, Santa brought everything except what came from aunts/uncles/grandparents. I live in London now, and 50/50

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Nc123 · 04/12/2021 21:42

English Midlands. FC here is a glorified postman - he brings the presents which we buy.

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ElfontheShelfisLookingatYou · 04/12/2021 21:47

Op all my huge family (30 cousins living all over, huge age gaps wealth disparity etc) friends growing up, family fiends all did..

Everything under the tree and stocking from Father Christmas!
I've never heard of this delivery stuff or just the stocking before?

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Avie29 · 04/12/2021 21:49

South west england, santa brings the stockings, everything else is mum/dad/relatives xx

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Anoisagusaris · 04/12/2021 21:52

Ireland. Santa (or Santy) brings presents from their letter to him (usually a big present and some smaller ones) plus a stocking filled with small inexpensive (usually) items, sweets/chocolate and an orange. In our house, Santa doesn’t wrap presents, they are arranged in bundles around the tree.

Presents from grandparents and aunts and uncles are given whenever they see the kids, and will be kept under the tree until Christmas Day if it’s before it. They are opened later in the day.

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IWishIWasABaller · 04/12/2021 21:52

Southern Ireland - Santa brings everything on Christmas Eve. Any presents from family members are from them and opened when given to the kids. I carry on the same thing my parents said to us and that was that parents send money to Santa and then he uses the money to make their presents.

Almost everyone I know says that all presents come from Santa. My children would have no idea if their friends get more or less than them as we wouldn't see what they got and I don't have friends that put up pics of the presents online either so I've no idea what their kids get

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AegonT · 04/12/2021 21:52

I'm from the South of England. Santa fills the stockings and bring a large (requested) gift. We buy another big gift and a selection box. Other gifts are from relatives.

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Mittenmob · 04/12/2021 21:54

South england. Father Christmas brings things that we've said they'd never be allowed because it's awful e.g. Barbie

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Ivalueloyaltyaboveallelse · 04/12/2021 22:01

South East here Father Christmas brings everything apart from the gifts from friends and family.

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LiJo2015 · 04/12/2021 22:04

Santa always bought one gift - for my son, always jam. Daughter still a baby and she hasn't had time to have a strong preference for something yet.

I did this for 2 main reasons.

  1. An awareness of the fact my son goes to school with lots of other kids with different backgrounds. So the idea that one kid could get an iPad because that kids parents could afford it, but another family could only afford a DVD, I think is something is important to be sensitive too.

  2. I want my children to be appreciative of gifts when people, myself and their dad get them gifts. That they are thankful for this and say thank you to the person who has taken the time to choose and buy them the gift.
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LiJo2015 · 04/12/2021 22:04

I live in England

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StandardLampski · 04/12/2021 22:07

Yorkshire

Santa brings stocking and a couple of gifts. Usually books, bath bombs, so.etimes a lego set, sometimes something " Mum would never get"

Main present comes from us, relatives gifts from them

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Ihaveaskedyouthrice · 04/12/2021 22:08

I'm in Ireland. Santa brings their stockings and most of the presents. There's always one present from us(usually their 2nd largest present) and we always give them a stack of books.
They get presents then from relatives when they see them and they're normally allowed to open them as they get them.

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