Santa is coming. How does he do things at your house? It wasn’t until I was an adult and had children of my own that I realized the way my family did Santa growing up didn’t follow American protocol. Why this surprised me, I will never know. Santa wrapped all our presents, and not one appeared under the tree until he came down the chimney on Christmas Eve. Every present was from Santa, even those to my parents and our dog, Prince. Years later, when my brothers and I knew the deal on Santa, we never said a word and continued to thank Santa “wherever he was.” To this day, presents from our parents say, “Merry Christmas, love Santa.”
I’ve heard now from several sources, including The Mister, that when they were kids, presents start showing up under the tree as soon as it was up and that Santa only delivered three presents, all unwrapped, on Christmas Eve. Sounds a bit anticlimactic, if you ask me. I still like the idea of small children going to bed with a bare tree and waking up to see that same tree stuffed with presents. (Even the most modest of Christmases are impressive with the proper build up.)
I may have to change my tune this year, though. Mikey saw one bag I bought in the trunk of our car last week. I didn’t have time to run home before I picked him up from school, and that kid doesn’t miss a thing. I played it off, but it might have to be his first Christmas gift from mom and dad if he remembers it come Christmas. I’m hoping the excitement of a full tree will muddle his memory.