My NKOTB BFF ( If you don't know what that means, I forgive you.) Heather did a post on her Santa OCD tendencies. I promised her I would do mine, well I didn't promise but she at least assisted me on the idea of writing my own post on it. Something like that.
My mother didn't have many OCD tendencies about Christmas. God bless her hard working nurse heart, she didn't have time for fun and games at Christmas. She was lucky to get the shopping done and get the presents wrapped and under the tree before I peeked. You guys all know that plan never worked out to well for her.
Since I know how crazy I am about surprises and finding them, I knew this gene may pass on to one or all of my children. I will have no son of mine snooping around their presents. Not if I can help it.
The first rule of Santa OCD: Each child gets their own wrapping paper. It's so much easier to keep things separated under the tree and keeping identities straight without them knowing whos is whos. Heather had the great idea of revealing the kids wrapping paper identity in their stocking. I know there's people with the OCD tendency to have all matching paper for the presents. Those OCD people bug me. Sorry if it's one of ya'll.
The second rule of Santa OCD: The children will "work" for their big Santa present. Last year I left clues all over the house, starting with the stocking and then taking them to the tree, upstairs, and then finally behind the TV where Guitar Hero was waiting. I think they had just as much fun running through the house finding clues as getting the present itself.
The third rule of Santa OCD: To wrap or not wrap Santa gifts. I will say that the hubs and I have fought about Santa's presents. He wants them ALL wrapped. I was raised where Santa didn't wrap he/she didn't have time. It was also how we knew what Santa brought and what was from mom and dad. I agree for the most part with this philosophy. The big item things like say a ikebay should be put together proudly to be displayed or hidden (to be worked for) under the tree. Besides what kid wants to wait another hour while dear old dad puts the ikebay together? Though the smaller stuff can certainly be wrapped.
The fourth rule of Santa OCD: The stocking is always opened first. Normally because there's clues to be found and other fun stuff like socks and undies.
The fifth rule: It's not really a rule but tradition, one present is allowed to be opened on Christmas Eve picked by me. I love to see the excitement on their faces and then when opened, revealing the ever coveted clothing item or pajamas. Oh how the greedy shall fall. :) You would think that they would remember after 8 and 9 years but nope.
Sixth Rule: Because I do have a tendency to forget which wrapping is which, my back up is the number system. Last year I did actually tag the gift with the numbers. I never do the numbers chronologically by age as that's to easy to guess. This is what they thought last year and were oh so wrong. This year I just did their initials but the initial is hidden somewhere on the package like under the bows. They have no clue whos is whos under the tree right now. I know the unknown is killing them. I love them checking out the present and asking who's this one for? As if son. There are also some presents that all 3 will play with, so those have their own wrapping...of course.
Tell me what fun things you guys do as Santa. Also I am looking for great clue hints for the ikebays. I'm planing on putting them right outside the back door. Last year my clues had a little rhyme on each one (this year my brain cells aren't quite as crafty) One was, Mirror Mirror on the wall who are the best boys of all? Then it would give more of a hint of where to locate the item (on the bathroom mirror upstairs).