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Monday, December 10, 2012

Christmas Wrapping Paper Tradition

Christmas Wrapping Paper Tradition

The other morning found my oldest children sitting beneath the Christmas tree, pencil and paper in hand, quickly jotting down random notes and "clues" to the big Christmas mystery...which presents are mine...which presents are yours?? They were desperately hoping to crack the code.

I've made it a habit of NOT putting name tags on any of our presents. Instead, I choose separate wrapping papers for everyone in the family. All non-immediate family member gifts have one distinct paper pattern, as well, so that when we need to pack them up to bring to extended family Christmas gatherings, they are easy to spot under the tree.

After wrapping the family gifts, I cut a small square of each paper and place the snippet at the bottom of the appropriate stocking. Eventually the stockings are filled and the paper scrap is buried...UNTIL...

On Christmas morning, the stocking gifts are opened first and the paper assignments are revealed!

So far this year, the kids' sleuthing efforts are COMPLETELY off track...well, all except for Sweetie Pea. She somehow Sherlock Holmes-ed herself a perfect guess, but don't tell her I said so...


  1. Love this idea! I wrap our presents with a different paper per person as well...but usually just announce it over Christmas breakfast :D Adorable!

  2. I like this idea, but then how do you know what came from who?

    1. The presents under our Christmas tree are all from the Hubs and I. Occasionally my daughter will buy little gifts for her brothers, but she always labels them.

  3. This is so fun! We don't "do Santa," so I'm always looking for ways to keep the mystery and surprise.

  4. That is adorable! I will have to find 6different wrapping papers to match my tree for next year because the paper has to match my tree! :)