Thursday, December 16, 2010
Taking the Crazy out of Opening Presents
Sometimes I wish my kids were little puppets so that I could control what came out of their mouths! Not all the time....just when they unwrap an ugly sweater on Christmas, right?!
No matter what your kids say...unwrapping presents at BIG Christmas parties can be overwhelming. I find myself forcing thank-yous and leading them by hand to find the person who gave them the gift. It's confusing for kids! Add into all of that the fact that once they open their first gift, all they want to do is play with that gift! Forget opening more!
I was commiserating over all of this with a friend at our moms group when she told me her secret. They have the gift givers keep all of their gifts and have the child travel from aunt to grandma to cousin and so on... This way the child gets to open the gift in front of the giver and the child knows who to thank and hug. GENIUS! I love love love it!
Posted by Parenting in blue jeans at 1:43 PM
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Oh how I WISH we could do this with my husband's family! Gift opening is absolute chaos with them. And no one even cares. Someone literally throws gifts at/to the recipient and the kids frantically tear them open as if their life depends on getting the paper off in under 10 seconds. Then, the gift is discarded to the side in favor of the next gift. Often times the gift giver doesn't even get a thank you. It truly breaks my heart.
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