On Christmas morning, there would always be one unwrapped thing - that's what Santa brought - everything else was from the Fam - but, like, a Bike one year, I got a baseball bat another and stuff like that. The big thing, and from Santa.
All other things wrapped. Like, I remember when I was about 7 or 8, I got one of those garages for little cars - Matchbox in those pre-hot wheels days, I suspect. It was pretty big and Santa brought that.
and that's all we could play with until the parents got up. - that and stockings
We'll be back right after order has been restored here in the Omni Center.
That the universe was formed by a fortuitous concourse of atoms, I will no more believe than that the accidental jumbling of the alphabet would fall into a most ingenious treatise of philosophy - Swift
When I was a kid, presents from friends and family were wrapped, and presents from Santa were unwrapped.
Now, much the same, but there is an occasional wrapped present from Santa under the tree, if Santa decided to get you an actual present as opposed to just chocolates and lotto tickets. (Not that I don't love chocolates and lotto tickets.)
For the kids, we'll wrap everything that doesn't require a lot of setup, such as tie-downs and batteries. It seems like a lot of newer toys come with these twist-ties that are numerous and wrapped quite a few times between the toy and the box. Our kids are small enough that there's no way they could get the toy detached from the packaging on their own. Doing it for them wasn't a good answer either since kids on Christmas morning with new toys can be ... impatient.
So now we take things such as this, unpackage them, assemble them and install the batteries (if required) before putting them under the tree unwrapped. This makes things much more smooth and enjoyable.
34 years and I still haven't learned how to wrap properly. Everything gets wrapped, even stocking stuffers, which in our house includes pretty much anything that will fit in a stocking.
This year's stocking stuffers include: A pico journal, some lotion, rotary cutter blades, and a sewing machine foot. I get around my wife's gift total limit this way, because stocking stuffers don't count toward it. :)
Of course I also signed up for an Amazon CC because that would negate the price of some other presents, then canceled the card once I physically had it.
"Tattoos are the mullets of the aughts." - Mike Naimark
Bought a brand new Nissan Versa because it gets better gas milage than what it replaced. It's saving us about $100 a month so far, and should put a nice dent in what we usually spend on cross-state driving (relatives out of state, so it can't be avoided)...