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    • Saver-upper
    • By Saver-upper 24th Dec 16, 4:59 PM
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    How do you identify cgildren's presents under tree?
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    • 24th Dec 16, 4:59 PM
    How do you identify cgildren's presents under tree? 24th Dec 16 at 4:59 PM
    Just being nosey,really,but also looking for different ideas.....
    When the presents are under the tree,on Christmas morning,when children are looking for their own presents under the tree,how does everyone identify whose is what?
    I have 4 children,age 7-14,and probably only one true believer amongst them.A couple of years ago,so we weren't using our (identifiable) hand-writing,each child's presents had a different colour sticker on them so we knew whose each present was.
    Was just looking for a different way of doing it this year.
    Thank you
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    • martinthebandit
    • By martinthebandit 24th Dec 16, 5:00 PM
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    Putting labels on them with their names on seems to work
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    • Saver-upper
    • By Saver-upper 24th Dec 16, 5:30 PM
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    • 24th Dec 16, 5:30 PM
    Yeah,like I say,I was looking for different ideas,so my sort-of-but-not -quite-maybe believing younger children could not say "Oh,this is Mum's hand-writing,not Santa's.Santa doesn't exist-it's really mum and dad".
    But thank you
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    • whitewing
    • By whitewing 24th Dec 16, 6:24 PM
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    • 24th Dec 16, 6:24 PM
    I have different wrapping paper for each child.
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    • littleredhen
    • By littleredhen 24th Dec 16, 6:30 PM
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    • 24th Dec 16, 6:30 PM
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    I use a different paper for each person no need to write labels
    The mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work unless it’s open.

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    • iammumtoone
    • By iammumtoone 24th Dec 16, 6:30 PM
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    only having the one child its not something I have thought about but you raise a good point.

    Think I would type out names in a fancy font (maybe a different font for each child) and stick those to the tags.

    BTW haven't you left it a bit late you do know Santa needs to deliver tonight
    • littleredhen
    • By littleredhen 24th Dec 16, 6:31 PM
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    Or you could buy some bells, ribbons, etc and put the same item on a particular child's present
    The mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work unless it’s open.

    A winner listens, a loser just waits until it is their turn to talk
    • Saver-upper
    • By Saver-upper 24th Dec 16, 7:40 PM
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    • 24th Dec 16, 7:40 PM
    Thank you everyone for answering.Some great ideas there .Bells or ribbons sounds particularly cute.
    My youngest will be 8 next month,so I guess by next Christmas I won't have any true believers .
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    • Saver-upper
    • By Saver-upper 24th Dec 16, 7:49 PM
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    • 24th Dec 16, 7:49 PM

    BTW haven't you left it a bit late you do know Santa needs to deliver tonight
    Originally posted by iammumtoone
    Oh,iammumtoone,I do this to myself every year!
    I only started Christmas shopping the first weekend in December,and with working school hours,I don't have much opportunity to nip out shopping without the kids wondering where I am.I should wrap as I buy,but I don't
    Every year,I keep telling myself that this year,I will not be sitting up til ridiculous hours on Christmas eve wrapping presents.And here we are!
    I remember clearly that last year,OH and I went to bed at 4.40am ,and if I recall correctly,the year before was about 3am .(I am a night-owl anyway,but even by my standards,these are stupid hours.I guess by the time they are all in bed asleep (eldest two are nearly 15,and 13),then I drag out all the pressies from their different hiding spots,and the wrapping paper,I would easily spend 4 hours wrapping while watching tv.It's like a Christmas tradition in the saver-upper household .
    This year,having snatched an hour here and there over the last 2 days to wrap,I might be able to manage an early night.Say,2.30 am .
    Thanks again for your thoughts,everyone.
    Merry Christmas xx
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    • DigForVictory
    • By DigForVictory 24th Dec 16, 8:55 PM
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    We have a large box per person. Big or small parcels all get shovelled in & the really awkward things are boxed as postcards - "look at the end of the garden path at 2pm" etc...

    We wrap the boxes in different paper some years to add fun.

    Fingers crossed your older children do not spoil the fun for the believer for another year!
    • Spendless
    • By Spendless 24th Dec 16, 9:35 PM
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    I went for different wrapping paper, a few years ago after getting sick of writing tags out. This year DD has nutcracker and emoji paper. DH has holly and DS has paper that is plain except for Christmas messages on it. Bet they still get confused tomorrow, and the 'kids' are teenagers.
    • arbroath lass
    • By arbroath lass 25th Dec 16, 3:43 PM
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    Print your own labels? I can't say I ever looked at the handwriting on my gifts when I was young, though.

    We had our gifts left in separate piles with our own stocking beside each to "label" the piles. We had a small Christmas tree so no room for presents under it.
    • Quackers1
    • By Quackers1 25th Dec 16, 4:25 PM
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    We use pillowcases in our house but if something doesn't fit, then it's usually either put in the matching duvet cover or a clue to the location wrapped in the box. Hope you found a solution that works for you for future years.
    • jackomdj
    • By jackomdj 26th Dec 16, 9:38 PM
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    When I had believers in the house the presents from Father Christmas had labels which were in a different handwriting (I wrote very cursive and flowing for him rather than my usual scrawl) and all the presents from him were in the same wrap. Most of the presents came from us rather than Father Christmas, so not too many to do this way.
    • Feral Moon
    • By Feral Moon 28th Dec 16, 6:14 AM
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    Santa sacks with each child's name written on them.
    • 04624181
    • By 04624181 28th Dec 16, 1:59 PM
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    We do different wrapping paper for each person xx Has always worked for us x This year DD had pink paper with penguins on and DS had red paper with Merry Christmas on. Hubby had red and silver paper and I had gold with angels on xx
    • LMG1305
    • By LMG1305 29th Dec 16, 8:42 PM
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    We put different wrapping paper on each of our daughters presents. So they know what paper is theirs, we put a small cutting of the paper in their Christmas Eve boxes which are left in their own rooms so no risk of mixing them up.

    We don't actually put their presents under the tree though, we put them in their own piles in the living room so they don't have to rummage through other people's presents to find their own.
    • POPPYOSCAR
    • By POPPYOSCAR 29th Dec 16, 9:07 PM
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    When our two were little they each had a sack with their name on and they would leave it in a place of their choosing.

    Santa would leave their presents in and around the sacks so they knew exactly what was theirs.
    • joedenise
    • By joedenise 5th Jan 17, 3:31 PM
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    We used to let our 2 girls take turns in being Father Christmas and handing out the presents to everyone. They loved doing it!

    The same tradition has carried on with the grandchildren and this year our 18 year old DGD wanted to be Father Christmas! I really thought they would have grown out of it by now, LOL!

    Denise
    • spadoosh
    • By spadoosh 5th Jan 17, 3:41 PM
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    When i was growing up we had a chair each. Sisters on one mine on the other. Paper was a mish mash but could gurantee i would have an unwrapped football every year to signal which pile was which. Also had stockings which would sit in front that had our colour on (red or blue). Not that my parents couldnt have just said, thats yours, thats your sisters.

    Its ace christmas, lots of similarities but seems apparent everyones is unique to them.
    Don't be angry!
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