I know Santa does things a little differently at everyone’s house, but I thought I would tell you about our Santa.
First of all, he always comes to visit us on Christmas Eve before the kids go to sleep. Then the kids set their stockings on the couches where they want Santa to drop off their stash.
He looks different each year.
Then Santa tries to leave 3 main gifts in their designated spots. Our Santa went with the number 3 because of the 3 Wisemen’s gifts and because he didn’t want our kids to get too much stuff. One gift is practical, one is fun, and one is an outfit. (It is getting harder and harder to stick to just 3.)
These parameters help focus and limit Santa and it helps to keep things even between the kids. Sometimes the gifts are all equal and other times he brings one bigger gift with 2 smaller gifts. Either way he works with about $150. Then he stuffs the stockings jammed full of all kinds of practical stuff like socks, hair elastics, lip gloss, food, books and candy.
I saw this Santa letter on Pinterest that is along the same lines. It would help focus Santa and the kids as well.
Santa usually just sets the bigger gifts out. There is something to coming down the stairs and seeing the Barbie House or the bike all set up. If it were wrapped it would have to still be in the box which is just not as fun.
He does wrap some of the other gifts or stocking stuffers. He always uses his special Santa paper. The paper changes every year but there is always Santas on it. And we don’t see it on any cousin or sibling or family gifts. It is just Santa’s paper- probably straight from his workshop.
Santa also gives one family gift. This is always the last present to be opened. He usually leaves an envelope under the tree with a poem (that he writes at about 2am) with clues that leads to the family present.
One year he brought a piano keyboard with this note: (I know there is a misspelling; Santa gets tired okay)
I have been thinking about making Santa bags out of fabric for each child. They would kind of be like Santa’s own toy bag. Santa could stash those hard to wrap gifts in the bags. Or the bags could set over the big gift and the kids could just pull it off. Or he could shove all the gifts in there and the kids could reach in one by one. We will see. I am still looking for the perfect fabric anyway.
What does Santa do at your house?