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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Okay, I just have to ask. How many of you already know what you're getting for Christmas? How many of you know at least ONE thing that you're getting for Christmas? Uh-huh. That's what I thought.

I've stumbled upon so many people who already know what they're getting for Christmas. I have to ask you, where is the surprise in that, people? Granted, you're no longer waiting for Santa on Christmas Eve, but don't you like the unknown, even a little?

For me the excitement builds in watching that present under the tree for days. I check it to make sure it doesn't move. I shake it when hubby isn't looking. I do everything in my power to figure out what it is before I get it. The anticipation is so much fun!!!

One year when I was a kid, I kept spying my present under the tree. I had no clue what it was. So when my mom went downstairs to do a load of laundry, I unwrapped a corner of it to see what it was--she was too smart for me. She wrapped it in a fake box. I had to put the wrap back on and still had no clue. Turned out it was a beautiful winter coat.

Okay, so maybe I'm still a kid at heart. I know that sometimes there are good reasons for knowing ahead of time. To each her own, I guess. But me, I want a big surprise on Christmas! :-)

So fess up. Do you prefer to know or NOT know what's under the tree for you?

Diann Hunt  
posted at 9:23 AM  
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At 10:02 AM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

I was a peeker. I'll admit it. But it didn't spoil the fun for me. It only heightened it, because I still had to wait to get it. :) But I peeked in closets, etc. Once the packages were wrapped, I was too impatient to be able to open them without leaving torn paper behind.

No so my son. He has the patience of Job. He will take 5 minutes to remove a 1" piece of tape that's been stuck down for a month. You CAN do that, if you go slow enough. I learned that from him when trying to remove a sticker from a piece of glassware.

You know how they always tear? The funny part was, when he showed me how to do it, he said, "Didn't you know that's how I opened all my presents before Christmas when I was a kid?

The funny thing is, he said it ruined the fun of Christmas presents if I hid them at my friend's house and didn't put them under the tree until Christmas Eve. LOL A mother does what she needs to do.

Yet ... he's so much like me. I only stored them at my friend's once. Of course, back then I didn't know all this. :) I only knew how much it bothered him to not see them under the tree. :D

He's 32 now, and he can still peek. And I'll bet he already has.

At 10:41 AM, Blogger Barb said...

I usually have a good idea what I am getting because my husband usually goes by the list I give him. I would like for him to buy me something I didn't ask for just for the surprise.

I like to wrap presents so that if they are shaken or handled, the recipient will still not know what is in there. Loose change can create that "rattle" effect, a heavy book off the bookshelf can create more weight to the package, and crumpled up newspaper or plastic bags can prevent things from shifting around.

At 11:07 AM, Blogger Timothy Fish said...

I prefer getting stuff that won't just sit around gathering dust or taking up space. If that means I have to know what it is before I get it, so be it.

At 11:10 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

ROTFLOL, Ane! Love it! I don't have that kind of patience. I still like to peek--but not find out. :-)

Barb, my husband and I used to put rocks in packages, put small gifts in large boxes, that kind of thing, to throw each other off. Such fun! :-)

So in other words, it doesn't matter to you either way, right, Timothy?

At 2:14 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

I never cheated on that, Diann. i wouldn't want to hurt my parents that way--yes, I was a weird child, but my most favorite part of the gift opening was seeing the light in my parents' eyes when I got all excited about my presents. So I always got excited, no matter what I got. More so with some than others, but I just really got a kick out of my parents getting a kick out of me. I was an only child, and sometimes in our lives--with depression and discouragement seeming to rule them--I sometimes felt as if I was their only joy, so I had to hang in there for them.

At 2:24 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Okay, I just received this on my regular email look and saw how overly-pious post of mine just sounded. I'm not in any way implying that someone who cannot wait until Christmas is breaking a parent's heart. LOL!!! I mean, I read the ending of a mystery before I get there, so I do cheat. I was just explaining my unique situation.

And if they got me something that just sat around and collected dust, I'd cherish it because it signified their love for me. That's how I decided what to keep around this cluttered house and what to throw away--was it given to me by a loved one? Then I don't care what it looks like to anyone else, to me it looks like love, and it stays.

At 2:31 PM, Blogger Sarah said...

We usually know most of our presents, but always try to make there's at least one good surprise for each person.

At 3:04 PM, Blogger Georgiana said...

Oh man! I WISH I didn't know, but silly me had to go and balance the checkbook online today because I had a bit of free time. Not much left in the way of surprises....

At 5:51 PM, Blogger quietspirit said...

We find out what each other needs and get that or those things. A friend of mine and her husband went shopping this afternoon for their presents for each other.

We are all in our senior citizen season of life. We don't need anything or have room for anything else.

At 8:48 PM, Blogger Kameko said...

I love to be surprised! My husband on the other hand, wants to know everything he is getting and even likes to tell me what he has gotten me. I have a hard time convincing him not to give away hints to what he has gotten me for Christmas, birthday or anniversary because I just love the anticipation of unwrapping the gift.

At 10:01 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Mel's the same way. He gets so excited about what he's gotten me, he just can't keep quiet. Aren't they cute when they do that, though?

At 11:44 AM, Blogger Deena said...

My hubby has such a hard time surprising me! He usually goes by my list, and my kids are rather predictable as well. I guess I'm just a hard woman to buy for:-)

HOWEVER, I DO have a knack for surprising my family! I get at least one family member really well each Christmas...I take great pride in my knack for noticing the tiny details and storing them away until Christmastime!!

At 9:00 AM, Blogger Pam S. said...

I knew everything I was getting because all I wanted were books and I had to order them on Amazon a month ago. I had them sent to a friend to carry in her suitcase (It's difficult doing the Amazon mail thing here in Turkey). Said friend doesn't arrive until next week...but when she does it will be Christmas present time! Yay!

At 10:52 PM, Blogger Cheri said...

This is a little late, but I always would prefer to be surprised even as a grandmother! I never am and usually buy my own present for my husband to give me.

Yesterday, my daughter's present came and she had restored and put in a beautiful frame, pictures of my parents taken in 1944. My dad is in his military uniform and Mom is all dressed up. It surprised me that my parents looked so young, lol. Now I know how my daughter and granddaughters must look at me.

Anyway, it was a wonderful present and as my parents are 88 and 89, these were pictures I had never seen before now and would have not known existed if my daughter hadn't done some digging when she helped them move into their apartment.

My daughter "did good" this year!


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Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

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