Santa Gifts – Wrapped or No, Different Paper or Same?

Hard to believe it's less than week to Christmas.  (Actually, it's hard to believe that it's been seven months – happy birthday Pace, by the way – since time last had any semblance of meaning.) 

Anyhew, here's another fun Ask Metafilter question on a Christmas theme.

As best as I remember, at our house, the Santa gifts were wrapped, often in the same paper as our other gifts and with tags written in my dad's handwriting.  (Even with big red flags like that, I don't think I still ever caught on to the whole Santa thing although that was probably a case of willful ignorance as much as anything. Of course, I'm also the type of person who never sees the twist coming in movies either nor tries to figure them out.)

Interestingly, it was the same guy who clued me into the Santa thing on the playground in kindergarten or grade one who also made me stop believing in god a few years later.  I'll save that story for another day though…

Comments 4

  1. Anonymous wrote:

    My mom is Into Christmas, so Santa gifts were always wrapped, in different paper than the 'parent' gifts, and the tags were written (I later found out) by Mom with her left hand (she is right handed). The contents of our stockings were also from Santa, but didn't need to be wrapped.
    My Mom also had to steam open our letters to Santa a couple times to see what we really wanted, since we wanted to keep it private, between Santa and us. I was not an easy child…
    I found out from an older kid in my lunchroom and I was devastated, mostly because my Mom had “lied” to me. 😛

    Posted 20 Dec 2007 at 2:44 am
  2. Anonymous wrote:

    I think I did that voluntary ignorance thing. I didn't want to notice if the paper was the same colour, or if the handwriting was the same…so I actually have no recollection.
    I remember when I found out Santa wasn't real though – I was shopping with my mom, and I saw what she had in one of her shopping bags (an Illumidraw!). When it appeared under the tree from “santa” it was all pretty clear. I think I had been suspicious for a while before that, but that resolved any kind of gray area in my mind.

    Posted 20 Dec 2007 at 1:04 pm
  3. Anonymous wrote:

    That's funny about you wanting your private communication with Santa – your poor mom! But yeah, there is that whole controversy about what it means to perpetuate such a massive lie to your young children – are you just preparing your kids for the real world by letting them know that you can't trust anyone or are you killing their childhood innocence? Tough questions.
    I think Shea and I have decided that we're going to be honest with Pace as soon as he's old enough to understand that there's no Santa but still make sure that he gets gifts from “Santa” and understands that the spirit of the thing is important (uhm, free gifts from a fat man in a blood red suit? Er, I may have to rethink this.)

    Posted 22 Dec 2007 at 2:28 pm
  4. Anonymous wrote:

    I did the voluntary ignorance thing too to prolong the potential for extra presents. The math is pretty easy – presents from mom and dad OR presents from mom and dad PLUS presents from Santa. Okay, fat-man, I believe!
    Even when you hear on the playground, you still have that doubt and for me, it was a similar confirmation. Mom and my aunt were in a bedroom wrapping presents so I “accidentally” burst in through the closed door at about age 7 or 8. I saw a Bionic Man action figure that I'd be lusting after and not much else before my mom slammed the door in my face. But on Christmas morning, did that action figure come from mom or my aunt? Nope, good old Santa had made an advance delivery and got my mom to do the wrapping due to some elf strike apparently!

    Posted 22 Dec 2007 at 2:33 pm
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