I was listening to Bob and Tom today, like everyday, and they were discussing Christmas presents. The main question was does Santa wrap presents? Bob and Tom said that Santa wraps everything, while Kristi and Chick said that Santa did not wrap and the toys that needed to be put together would be set up and ready to go. Tom then said that at his home, if the toy was a something that had to be put together then it would be set up, but that it would have a bow on it or a note from Santa. I guess there is no right or wrong way, as a kid I just thought that all presents from Santa were unwrapped. All that unwrapping as a kid would just delay that fix that we all needed so bad. The visiting comedian, Chad Daniels, then said that he had his gifts put together and set up too, but they lived next to Jewish kids so Santa had the time.
I guess I have never thought about this, because really who thinks about this, but I remember my presents from Santa were never wrapped. And I never received presents from my parents, unless my memory is fuzzy in my old age. Later on in life, around the age I “found out,” the presents were wrapped and were from my parents. I do not remember when or how I “found out.” I think I caught the perpetrators in the act and realized what was going on. I don’t remember it being a traumatic experience, what did I care, I was still getting my loot. I also saved on postage to the North Pole.
I also remember waking up at the crack of dawn and running into the living room to survey the gifts that had arrived in the night. As I got older we don’t open presents sometime until 10 or 11 AM. This Christmas the schedule will be thrown off a bit with church being on Christmas day. My mom has to sing in a couple of Christmas Con-ta-tas and I don’t expect to open presents until after church, perhaps not until after lunch. That will be weird. It all seemed so much easier when you were little and the presents appeared out of nowhere.