This is a wonderful time as the way we choose presents for our children by asking them to make a list of anything and everything they think they might like. WE have a money value that we stick to per person each year, and this can vary depending on financial restraints. The children can put anything their hearts desires on the list, however that does not mean they will get all or even most of the gifts and perhaps not even thing they most desire.
For example we have often had requests for motor bikes, pets, horses and other things that might be lovely but don't suit our family at that time. Also the children understand that if they want a more expensive present as their number one choice then obviously they will not get as much as those who have a lot of smaller and less expensive gifts on their list.
So we put everything in a pile under a couple of blankets right near the front door and on the other side of the family room, that can't be passed through that way as the Christmas Tree is blocking the door on the other side. Again the only place to put it in this house.
WE left them like this of about 3-4 days and I am pretty sure that no one pecked. Everyone was keeping tabs on the little ones but they did not even try to have a look.
This has worked really well for us the last 3-4 years we have done it. Previously it has really been a chore and the last thing I want to do in the early hours of Christmas morning, knowing I will only get a couple of hours sleep before the children are ready to start the days excitement.
What great kids we have!!
Blessings to you and your homes,