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Is santa allowed to come early?

I have school aged kids who notice everything and we’re all away for Christmas this year. Don’t want them to miss out on santa gifts but don’t really want to carry their sacks with us. What would you do?

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Santa is magic, he can do anything he wants. Sometimes he comes to where we are, other years he comes before our trip, and once he came after new years because we were all really sick with chicken pox and I couldn't shop or be bothered with anything besides my 4 itchy children and their dad who had it so badly I was afraid hed peel his skin clean off. He mailed us letter saying he'd never had it and didn't want to risk infecting the elves. Then he promised to make a special trip once we recovered. January 11, was our Xmas day that holiday season.

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 But omg what about the other kids at school who would be oh so very confused by this. Lol. This sounds awesome, well done on being so flexible
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 Santa is magical. That's all kids need to know. You gotta adapt to survive. A square on the calendar can't always dictate life. When they look back at Holiday memories, the exact date won't matter as much as the love, joy and wonderment
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 shit thats a really cool make up from santa i hope thats what hed doto us if we were in that situation
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Take one or two small presents each and put in a note saying the rest of the stuff is waiting for them at home.

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It’s Christmas, what’s the point of doing something nice for your kids like a holiday if it’s half arsed because you CBF lugging the gifts? Just take an extra suitcase with locks on it. Then you can use it to bring them all home...

 And cart all that around?? God no.
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 I agree, the excitement about Christmas is Santa. Once it’s over it kinda loses its hype. If you’re going to make Christmas special do it properly. I just take a separate locked suitcase full of gifts. Or courier them ahead.
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 I disagree. My kids don't believe in Santa and we still have fun cos there's food presents and family get -togethers, and we usually celebrate a few days before hand cos everyone works xmas
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If they're waking up in Paris, give them euros to buy stuff themselves and a very small gift that packs easily. Something useful for the trip would be good - a kids book on France, some colouring in stuff for traveling, a nice Christmas shirt to wear on the trip. Maybe a little camera so they can take their own photos? A scrapbook to record their trip?

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 I second this as the best idea yet
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For all you naysayers: What do you suggest for hospital employees that have to be at work at 6:30 Christmas morning? Does everyone wake up at 4 just to make sure your kids don't wonder why they got their gifts early?
When we've done it early at our house we just explain that Santa knows that some people just can't wait until Christmas to open their gifts because of work schedules, or travel plans, so Santa comes early for some people. He just doesn't advertise it because then everyone will want their presents early, and he can't do that. They've accepted that explanation with no questions asked. I know I came here late, but you do you!

 Yes get up at 4 am so that they wake on Christmas Day to the wonder of Santa. It literally takes 5-10 minutes to put stuff in a stocking. Big things that need assembly can be form parents and you can assemble them later. It wouldn't have even crossed my mind to give them presents early just because I wanted an extra 10 minutes sleep.
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 I think she meant so she can see her kids excitement when they get their gifts, not getting extra sleep.
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 Yes get up at 4am. Be excited. They go back to bed and you go to work.

I have always done it that way.

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 I reckon it's selfish to wake your kids up that early because you want to see them excited over the presents you bought. that's all about you, not them.

My kids personally have like 4 Christmases. One with bits of my family, grandparents, uncles etc, they all pretend Santa has come. Another one early where Santa comes, because I'm a shift worker and work xmas and you try getting Christmas off, every other staff member wants it off so they can spend with their kids. They have a Christmas with their dad, who also has Santa come bring presents, and we try do something like dinner or lunch on xmas day around my shift work.
The best part is none of them even believe in Santa I'm pretty sure, but he still comes by about 3 times

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 Not just hospital staff least you have a roster what about us funeral directors who have to do pick ups and plan funerals taking all day and into the night comforting families. Make it work
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Get them small gifts this year. Take them with you. Or santa can give them a voucher this year. But please don’t do it early.

 Why do you think so please? Thank you.
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 I second this. Small gifts make rational sense, moving the date is too complicated especially earlier where kids are involved with other kids
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 Yeah and then it causes problems for us. Irmal peoplw when your kids go around saying santa came arlt to your house, my kids will be wanting that treatment too!!
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 I wouldn't want to have santa come before the school holidays but other than that don't worry too much about other kids. I doubt their parents would not buy certain toys to stop yours nagging you.
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 Well I'd like to know when op wants to change date to because that's been excluded and I bet it is still in term!
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Santa can do anything you like. Go for it. As long as you make sure they understand that there won't be anything on Christmas morning

Maybe after, not before

 But then they miss out on the whole santa experience on Christmas Day and I would hate my kids feelings to be hurt.
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 Why bother asking if you have clearly made your mind up?
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 WEL I didn’t actually ask if I should have santa after Christmas as that is not really an option.
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 They miss the santa experience on Christmas Day if he comes early anyway.
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 Yes but whilst they’re watching their cousins open their presents from the jolly old guy, they can feel happy because they got to do the same thing, only weeks earlier. I guess I just hate for kids to feel left out, not just my own, so would hate for them to talk amongst their friends and for their friends’ parents to get shitty and feel pressured in any way. Unfortunately I live in a little competitive bubble and I’m probably the nice one who doesn’t want to one up anybody else.
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 Our advent calendar (made by an old family friend, it's a bit fancy) has turned into the kids believing the elves bring something every day when they cruise by to check. Might be a Freddo or Belgium chocolates on days mummy would like some too, sometimes a toy ( a stocking filler kind of toy) grass if they have been super naughty.
No different to the Dutch doing Sinta clause.
(Yesterday I was banging with a broom under the stair well and they thought that the elves had just ran out the door)
I don't tell them these things, it's their imagination.
The kids down the road from us did gifts Christmas Eve. Everyone's different.
Just go with whatever you want.
Personally I would buy smaller stuff and take it with you if there are cousins opening santa gifts in front of them. To me he can't come to some kids in the same house and not others. If they are getting a bike have them open a mini toy bike with a photo of the real one stuck to it.

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I think it’s fine if Santa comes early. Just because Christmas is on Dec 25 nothing says you always have to celebrate it that day. Do what works for your family. If your kids are old enough to understand, maybe have him write a little note saying something like Santa knows you will only have so much room in your suitcases and he knows they will want to pick up some neat souvenirs so he brought their presents early. Let him explain that he only does it for special circumstances and not to expect it every year.

When we travel for Christmas (which is regularly 🙁), Santa leaves one or two small presents at the place we are staying and the rest are waiting under out tree at home when we return. As we leave the kids get into the car and sort themselves out/get comfy and Mummy goes into the house to check that all the doors and windows are locked. Daddy waits at the door. It just means I have to super super organised before we leave.

I can’t imagine what it would be like to wake up Christmas morning and not have presents under the tree. What an miserable day

 Oh dear you obviously don’t know the real meaning of Christmas then.
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 The children will be waking up in Paris with pastries and ice chocolate for breakfast. I’m guessing they won’t feel too miserable. They’ll obviously have presents under the tree from relatives & friends.
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 You sound materialistic. What if Santa can't afford to visit some kids? I'm sure they focus on other fun parts of the day instead
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Another option is you give them gifts from you just before you leave and Santa can come while away and just bring a few small gifts.

Some people are very aggressive about Santa Coming on time
Chill guys