I’m sick of Santa getting all the credit

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I'm sick of Santa getting all the creditOkay, not really… We’re not that vain.

But this year, we’re changing things up a little when it comes to the gifts under the Christmas tree. Last year was a bit excessive, and while that is hard for me to say (because I love giving gifts), it was evident about 10 minutes after all the gifts were opened. As expected, the boys flocked to their favorite toys and the rest became background noise… and mess.

Santa gifts

Santa is now responsible for the stocking gifts. He may chose to wrap them all or just a few… but he gets the stocking this year. He also gets the one unwrapped present (aka the “Kodak moment present”) that sits by the tree on Christmas morning.

By doing it this way, I no longer have to stress about comments like, “Hey mom! Santa’s handwriting sure looks like yours!” or “How did Santa get the wrapping paper that was under your bed?

My kids are getting way too smart and I’m running out of hiding spots.

Mom and dad gifts

All the wrapped gifts that will be under the tree are from my husband and me. Last Christmas was the first year that our oldest (at age eight) got so caught up in the chaos that he didn’t read who the gifts were from — I’m part to blame because of the excessive amount of gifts. When he was asked what Santa got him, he had no clue. And it broke my heart. That’s when I knew that it was just “stuff” and the true meaning was lost.

Another change this year? The kids are each getting five gifts from us. This way, they have the same amount to open and the gifts are all things that they really want… not just fillers.

I want Christmas morning to be a memory, and one that lasts.

I also want Christmas to be more about giving, thoughtfulness and love.

Does the Big Guy get all the credit for what’s under the tree in your house?

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Christina lives in San Diego with her husband, 3 boys and her favorite coffee cup. Christina is a trained Montessori teacher with early childhood education and also has experience in the children’s fashion world as a business owner. While in the children's industry, Christina realized how important it was to research, be ‘in the know’ and one step ahead of the game with the latest and greatest baby gear, toys, clothing and accessories which naturally continued once she became a mom in 2002. Since the birth of her first son, Christina has become a reliable and trustworthy resource to friends, family and other parents on various parenting topics.


  1. In our house, the only wrapped gifts are from Mom and Dad and are under the tree. Three things each because that is what baby Jesus got. Santa stuffs the stockings (a huge gift in itself) and then unwrapped (how on Earth would he ever have time to wrap all those gifts he delivers?) he leaves four things each–something to read (OK, all books count as one even if it is a series), something to wear (in a cute bag with no tissue paper and it, too counts as one even if it has 4 shirts, two jeans and new jacket), something you need (for example, a lamp or a clock), and something you want.

    It keeps Christmas completely under control–gift and money wise. It covers things I would probably buy anyway. And it keeps the meaning of Christmas in perspective.


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