Thursday, December 22, 2005

Please Vote

Even if you've never commented before, even if you just found my blog today, and even if you read every single day and talk to me in real life, please answer by commenting at the end of this post.

Does Santa wrap the presents he leaves?


  1. No! When would he have time? Mrs. Santa has other duties and can't take on wrapping all those gifts. The elves would get tangled in the tape and ribbon.

  2. Always. Even if it's the same paper Mom's been using to wrap presents since 1985.

  3. Still loving that your mom reads and comments on your blog...

    Sometimes Santa wraps the gifts. Sometimes not. Depends on the year and the gift.

  4. Oh yes of COURSE. Always wrapped. Possibly by elves, possibly Santa himself -- who knows? And like pronoia says, often with Mom's paper. It's weird.

  5. When I was little he didn't. Now that we're on to the next generation, he does... But then Dani is a perfectionist.

  6. your sister3:16 PM

    NEVER. He leaves them in a nicely balanced stack, which is easy because he always seems to leave a lot of books.

  7. ALWAYS. Because Santa understands the importance and fun of opening presents, and of not knowing what's inside beforehand. Santa thoughtfully matches your family's wrapping paper each year, and is a very talented handwriting forger.

  8. Yes and no. For large items, Santa leaves them as-is (for example, last year, Santa brought a rocking sheep, that wasn't wrapped, but had a bow around its neck that to this day H won't let us remove). H loves to open presents, so Santa does wrap the smaller items.

  9. Sheena7:00 PM

    My answer is exactly the same as portia's - with the exception of the forging talent.

  10. Santa puts most of his presents in the stockings, and since most of the stocking presents are little toys and chocolates, he doesn't bother to wrap them--anyway, taking them out of the stocking is just as good as unwrapping. But when Santa gives presents that are not in the stockings, then yes, he wraps them.

  11. All of them, except those too unwieldy to wrap (recent examples include a hand truck and a table sized for the under-four crowd) or some that are already prettily packaged and in a stocking. Santa used to have Mom's handwriting but now seems to have handwriting similar to Dad's assistant/housekeeper/errand runner. I never thought Santa was a bubble-writer until last year, but there you go.

  12. Oh, yes!

    Santa wraps each stocking gift in tissue paper, and the occasional large gift (Santa doesn't bring too many gifts that can't fit into the stockings) in unique paper that never shows up under the family Christmas tree. When name tags are necessary, Santa prints in all capitals, in a manner only vaguely reminiscent of my father's.

    It's all a great mystery, of course, but I can tell you that my mother spends a lot of time alone in the dining room and often doesn't sleep on Christmas Eve.

  13. Anonymous12:19 AM

    Growing up spoiled rotten, we opened our presents from family on Christmas eve, then woke up to unwrapped gifts from santa on Christmas day.


  14. Over here Father Christmas is a dab hand with the wrapping, an expert at forging the diabolical handwriting, amazingly good at piling stuff so it doesn't tumble and probably waits for a peck under the kizzletoe (resident small person's interpretation) whilst downing the festive pie and scotch...seasons best to the USA

  15. Santa always wraps the Lemonholm children's presents in Santa paper or something magical...except for the impossible things like trikes, and sleds and Bronco. Santa even wrapped a guinnea pig cage last year. This is mostly so that it is a pure surprise for the child the gift is intended for and not for the first child awake to broadcast loudly through the house, "Hey Lucas, wake got a 'such and such'!" Wrapping gifts also gives the parents time to brew a fresh pot of coffee at 4:45 am before all the gifts are opened. Santa does NOT wrap stocking stuffers although he did when I was a kid. That was the compromise that Mr. Santa and I made.

  16. Santa wraps in magical Santa paper. All the gifts under the tree are wrapped. This saves the surprise for the one receiving the gift and not the first one awake with the loudest voice announcing to the children still sleeping, "Lucas, Santa left you a..." Santa does not wrap trikes, sleds and Broncos. Santa also does not wrap stocking stuffers, but he did when I was a kid. This was a compromise Mr. Santa and Mrs. Santa made. (posted by Mindy)

  17. (Oops I didn't think the first one got posted!)-Mindy

  18. Absolutely not.

    My Santa presents were never wrapped. And my kids mom and their uncle insist on spending every Christmas eve wrapping while I drink great wine and laugh at them.

    I assume that Elves have a union and that there is a contract that prohibits tenured elves from touching wrapping paper. (Is wrapping paper ink poisonous to the little folk?)

  19. Jim, a couple of years ago, John was greatly concerned about the organized status of the elves. My mom made him a t-shirt with a logo that says "Elves Union Local 1 North Pole." He rested easy after that.

  20. Auntie MoMo10:30 AM

    Paper and bows on all of those presents would increase the drag on the sleigh and make flying more difficult for the reindeer. So, no, Santa does not wrap the gifts that he leaves.

  21. He wraps them in a paper different from any other paper in the stack, and then he hides that paper for 364 days, sweating with the fear that it might be found, thus giving away his secret paper-wrapping strategy. And he sweats even harder when he hears about kids who actually remember what the danged paper from last year looked like. Poor, poor Santa!

  22. Santa always wraps, even the stocking stuffers -unless he has Rudolph pick up a few scratch off tickets at 7-11 on the ride over. Those go in as is.

    Yes to magically using the same wrapping paper and handwriting. Sometimes he'd even store the gifts ahead of time in the trunk of my mother's car...I guess that sleigh must get pretty heavy.

  23. Anonymous10:20 PM

    Santa doesn't wrap the gifts. The *coughslavelabour* elves wrap the gifts.

  24. In my family, Santa was in charge of the stocking gifts (unwrapped) and nothing else. He gave us fancy pens, sparkly stickers, coloring books, Matchbox cars, etc. Mom and Dad gave us the "big" gifts that we'd been wishing for all year (wrapped). I think it worked well for our parents -- they got the full force of our gratitude for the Big Wheel or special doll or whatever, while we kids still got to experience the "magic" that comes with knowing Santa remembered you and gave you neat stuff.

  25. So... what does Santa do at your house?

  26. Growing up, as mentioned earlier, Santa did not wrap presents. He left a pile of loot under the tree AND in the stocking.

    This year, Santa wrapped the presents and left them on the hearth. Santa used some kickass paper that I cut into pieces and used as thank-you notes, because I rock.

    Next year, the poll will ask Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, and will delve into the socio-political compromises involved in any partnership when negotiating that particular minefield.

  27. Clarification: I cut the kickass paper into pieces AFTER the presents were unwrapped, because it's not like I actually HAVE any of the paper. Plus it was damn expensive.

  28. Mindy already answered for both of us, but me, personally - I do my part for our environment by re-using gift bags that other people have given us - in fact, this Christmas I gave my parents a gift of a huge gift bag filled with about 40 slightly used gift bags. Apparently, we receive more gift bags than we give, but I think that's because Mindy is not as lazy as I am, and she always WRAPS gifts. Loved visiting you all this season.

  29. Krup, is John familiar with the Barenaked Ladies' "Elf's Lament"?

    I'm a man of reason, and they say "'Tis the season to be jolly"
    But it's folly when you volley for position

    Never in existence has there been such a resistance
    To ideas meant to free us
    If you could see us, then you'd listen

    Toiling through the ages, making toys on garnished wages
    There's no union
    We're only through when we outdo the competition

    I make toys, but I've got aspirations
    Make some noise
    Use your imagination
    Girls and boys, before you wish for what you wish for
    There's a list for
    who's been Naughty or nice,
    but consider the price to an elf

    A full indentured servitude can reflect on one's attitude
    But that silly red hat just makes the fat man look outrageous

    Absurd though it may seem, you know, I've heard there's even been illegal doping
    And though we're coping, I just hope it's not contagious

    You try to start a movement, and you think you see improvement
    But when thrown into the moment, we just don't seem so courageous


    You look at yourself
    You're an elf
    And the shelf is just filled with disappointing memories
    Trends come and go, and your friends wanna know why you aren't just happy making
    crappy little gizmos
    Every kid knows they'll just throw this stuff away

    We're used to repetition, so we drew up a petition
    We, the undersigned, feel undermined
    Let's redefine "employment"

    We know that we've got leverage, so we'll hand the fat man a beverage
    And sit back while we attack the utter lack of our enjoyment

    It may be tough to swallow, but our threats are far from hollow
    He may thunder, but if he blunders, he may wonder where the toys went