I had always thought that Chad and Scott didn't snoop when Christmas came around because they liked to be surprised. Wrong!! I just discovered that they were nervous that if they found surprise gifts we wouldn't let them have them!! I'm sure we never said that exactly, but they could tell from our voices that snooping was not a good thing.
If you want Santa to last...always keep separate wrapping paper, labels, bows - only to be used by Santa. At our house, Santa wrapped some gifts and left others unwrapped by the tree - and unwrapped trinkets in the Christmas stockings. Last minute wrapping of Santa's gifts is always a great idea. It's less confusing if all family gifts are wrapped ahead of time with the whole family involved (and in our house put away until Christmas Eve). So all you need to be concerned with on Christmas Eve after the children go to bed is wrapping Santa's gifts and arranging the presents under the tree.
|whether the presents are wrapped by Mom and Dad|
|or by Santa|
|or left unwrapped by Santa|
|or packages from friends and families|
Make sure your kids appreciate each gift individually. More to come in Part 3!!
D and C