Merry Christmas!

Wishing you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. This year has been a busy one for my little family and we started last Christmas by adding my sweet little boy into our family. I cannot imagine our family without him and he is truly a reminder of what this season is all about. I am excited for Christmas morning to see my daughter’s eyes light up and grateful that my sister-in-law will be able to join us in the afternoon and evening for a Christmas celebration and birthday celebration!

I convinced my husband this year to leave Santa’s presents unwrapped and I think it was the perfect choice. I didn’t want to use reusable wrapping (various cloth bags I have sewn), because the kids will come to recognize these bags and I didn’t want to use the one roll of wrapping paper I have, since they would suspiciously share the same paper as some of the other gifts. They have plenty of wrapping paper to tear through and reusable gift bags to open and it makes it that much more exciting to walk into the living room. Do you wrap your gifts from Santa or leave them out for your kiddos to see when they walk in the room?

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By Emi Stapler. I am a cloth diaper advocate, green parenting blogger, mother of three and a military wife who enjoys sharing my motherhood adventures and advice. Follow me at The Cloth Diaper Report on Facebook, Twitter @TheCDReport , Google +, Pinterest and Instagram.

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  1. katklaw777 says:

    We always wrap…half the fun is tearing off the wrappings and seeing your surprise!

    May peace, love and prosperity follow you always and forever.
    Wishing you the happiest of holidays!

    • i ended up leaving one unwrapped and one wrapped for each of the kids. It was a day full of present opening with Christmas then my little guys birthday!

  2. Santa never wraps the presents in our house and I LOVE it that way! I love when they walk into the living room and their eyes are searching for their special Santa present!

    • It was fun. I really enjoyed having a couple new, unwrapped presents under the tree come morning and may just have to do it again next year, but perhaps add a bow or something festive. They had so many other wrapped presents to open it didn’t take away from that at all!


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