With Christmas almost here, I’ve found myself thinking about the Christmas tree a bit more and our presents.
When I was little, I remember certain years presents pretty much being put under the tree as they were wrapped. Some years, they wouldn’t come out until closer to the day. I was the ornery one mastering the tape just right to get a peek at those presents. My brothers are both currently in the tween stage and I know presents left at my mom’s house and not hidden elsewhere (Yes Matthew and Gunnar, you won’t find them anywhere at Mom’s ha!) are quickly figured out. I gave my mom the idea if any present is opened and figured out prior to Christmas will result in the present being taken back to the store or donated to someone in need.
As of right now, our girls’ Christmas presents are hidden in the master bedroom. We have one of the handle safety caps on our door so the girls can not get in there without us. We’ve told our girls over and over again that presents wait until Christmas Eve and Christmas or else Santa won’t bring them presents Christmas morning 😉 Now my girls are young enough that I think they’d know they’d be in trouble for opening anything (and our tree is right where we can always see them) so I have been arguing putting some presents under the tree already. It looks blah to me with the Christmas tree skirt bunched up underneath. It probably doesn’t help that our Christmas tree is puny in comparison to others I have seen LOL. I love my Charlie Brown Christmas tree.
Of course, the next worry is we have two cats that enjoy getting into EVERYTHING, including the genius cat that decided to chew on some of the lights (he was lucky he didn’t get Christmas fried like the National Lampoon cat-shucks). So while Kelsie and Aubrey might be fine and not destroy the presents, the cats are another story.
When do your Christmas presents go under the tree?