How do you do Santa at your house?
Does he bring all the gifts? Just a few? One?
Do his elves wrap everything and put it under the tree, or do they assemble it all, unwrapped, so it's ready to go on Christmas morning?
Does he fill the stockings?
Are your kids allowed to go open/see Santa gifts without you? Or do you make them wait until Mom and Dad are ready?
Do you even do Santa?
When I was a kid, Santa always brought the most expensive/most wanted gift, unwrapped and all ready to go. We could get up at 4 or 5 in the morning and go down to see what Santa brought and what was in our stockings. My brother Dave was always the first one up to go check things out (he's such a morning person) and would then come up to wake the rest of us up. Then, when my parents finally got up, we would eat Christmas breakfast and then open the gifts under the tree, which were from my parents, each other, grandparents, etc.
Joel and I do things a bit differently, but almost like that. Santa only brings one gift, and he doesn't even usually get to lay claim to what's in the stocking. The kids know that most of the stocking stuffers are from Mom and Dad. However, my kids have to wait until we are awake and ready to go down and see what Santa brought. Joel makes a huge deal of it (we even sleep upstairs with the kids, because they'd have to pass by the tree if they were to come wake us up in our room) and always video-tapes their reactions as they come into the living room. Santa makes sure everything is put together and ready to go, and then leaves the gifts in various spots throughout the room. The kids know which gift is theirs because their stocking is also left next to it. They play with whatever they got from Santa and whatever is in the stocking while Joel makes an awesome Christmas breakfast, and then, after we eat, we open the rest of the gifts.
So, tell me. How does it work in your family?