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Create an even bigger mystery when wrapping presents

There is always a temptation o shake a wrapped gift
There is always a temptation o shake a wrapped gift
Be creative with keeping gifts a secret

It is hard to keep children out of wrapped presents. Not that they all want to unwrap them before its time, but they want to shake them, trying to guess what's inside. Then children often end up arguing that someone's presents are bigger then someone else's. Sure, they grow out of this, but when they are younger it can be quite an issue, whether they are gracious or not.

A fun and easy way to eliminate this head ache is by giving each child a different name. A name that no one but the parents know. This name is kept secret right up until Christmas morning. One of the most popular name tricks is giving your children different reindeer names. Certainly, they will try to guess, they might even insist they know, but don't let them in on the secret. It is such a fun holiday tradition. If reindeer names get old, try using popular Christmas things, places, carols, as the names.

Another fun way to add to the surprise is by not adding any names at all. All you need to do is buy one wrapping paper design for each individual, and wrap their presents in only their wrapping paper design. Not only does this idea keep it a secret, it also helps with the present hand outs on Christmas morning.

Little traditions like this one are easy to begin. They don't cost a lot to start, and as silly as they sound, kids look forward to it every year. Just like getting new pajamas on Christmas Eve. Happy Wrapping! Merry Christmas! 

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  • Angie 5 years ago

    Such cute ideas! Love it!

  • Bonnie 5 years ago

    When my kids were young I would pick a different Christmas story each year and label their gifts with the initials of the characters from the story. They would pull out the Christmas books and try to figure out which story I had chosen and which character they were likely to be.

  • Jane 5 years ago

    Fantastic! My daughter does this in her home and the kids have a grand time trying to guess and figure it all out rather than opening their gifts early. It adds a new dimension of excitement to the holiday. Thank you, Jennifer! Your children are indeed lucky to have a mom like you!

  • Doug 5 years ago

    Great ideas! Sounds like a lot of fun!! When I was small my parents wrapped everything the same - News paper print. On X-mas morning everyone opened a gift and if it fit you you got it, if it fit your sister you re-wrapped it and handed it to her. Some times I make stuff up! Merry X-mas to all - especially my sis(s).

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