In my efforts to have a smoother holiday experience, I'm attempting to plan ahead (I know!) and I need your help.
I KNOW IT'S ONLY OCTOBER, but I can't even tell you where September went, and this month is almost half way over and I just barely flipped my calendar. So here's what I want to know:
1. How many presents do you get your children?
Ours get something from us, something from Santa, and then their stocking stuffers. It was like that from the beginning, and now that there are five of them, I'm happy that it's already been established.
Some of them have things on their list that don't cost as much, so instead of one $50 present from Mom & Dad, they might get five $10 presents. This caused some wailing and gnashing of teeth last year, as the present piles were distributed. This year I'm thinking of maybe wrapping all the little things in a big box so each one has the same amount of things to unwrap, although there still will be comparisons made once they were opened.
2. If one sibling buys a present for another sibling, do they have to get something for all the rest too?
Again, the comparison monster showed up, with his posse of that's-not-fair and how-come-everybody-likes-them-the-best. Should it be all or none?
3. Do you wrap the gifts as you get them, or have one big day where you wrap them all?Between teachers and bus drivers and friends and family, it seems like there is wrapping crap all over this house for the whole month of December. Last year I put it all in a rubbermaid container, so at least I could bring it in and out of the garage, but does anybody have a better system that works for them?