How to Save Time with this Genius Christmas Tradition

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How many hours have you spent writing the to/from tags on holiday gifts? How about we cut that time in half with this genius Christmas tradition? Your kids will love this tradition, you’ll love this tradition. Win win for everyone, right? Right?

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My husband and I started this Christmas tradition with my own boys a few years ago and it’s become an activity that they really look forward to. As much as I enjoyed trying to disguise my handwriting to look like Santa’s (hint, hint…sarcasm), writing all the to/from tags on Christmas gifts was super annoying. Not only did it take a ton of time, but I had to make sure to buy tags each year and to try not to lose the pen as much as I lose scissors when gift wrapping. #momlife, amiright?

Enter: our gift wrap Christmas tradition. Every November, before Thanksgiving, I’ll take the boys out to the store and will let them pick two rolls of wrapping paper. I used to be one of those “I want the wrapping paper under my tree to coordinate” people, but not anymore! Now, the boys pick out paper that matches their personality or current interests. Most years, they usually pick cartoon character prints, but sometimes they surprise me and just go for a generic Christmas theme. Either way, it’s fun to see what they end up with and has become one of our favorite Christmas traditions.

After the boys pick out their paper, we pay for it and bring it home to leave for Santa, in front of the fireplace, on Thanksgiving night. You know what happens on Thanksgiving night, right? Santa drops off the Elf on the Shelf! In our home, when Santa drops off the Elf, he also picks up the wrapping paper for each child (read: I take the paper and hide it in the basement). This is when the magic really happens…

(Sidenote: if you’re interested in some activity ideas for your Elf and wouldn’t mind getting a free printable letter from the Elf to your child, check out this article!)

two young boys with wrapping paper they picked for a christmas tradition

When Santa has collected the wrapping paper (cough, cough), it’s time for me to start wrapping! Instead of taking the time to write out individual to/from Christmas tags for each gift, I just wrap each child’s gifts using the paper they picked out. Easy peasy, right? Just in case the boys forget what paper they picked out, I always make sure to save a small sliver of paper from each design. Then, on Christmas Eve, Santa will leave those slivers of paper along with the letter he writes to the kids.

Genius Christmas tradition, right?

No more cramped hands. No more spending money on tags. No more kids getting frustrated because they can’t read Santa’s handwriting (oops). On Christmas morning, the kids come down, identify which packages are theirs by the wrapping, and Christmas morning is as magical as possible.

Even when Santa is no longer a part of our Christmas celebration (please don’t make that day come too soon!), I hope that we can continue this Christmas tradition! It’s really a lot of fun and I really love looking back at photos of previous Christmases and seeing the prints of the wrapping paper the boys chose. We’re all about making memories during the holidays!

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