Breaking the Code for Presents

Holiday Tradition: To keep the children out of the presents under the tree, my mother would make up a code for each person. She would put the code on the package instead of the name on the tag. Right after Thanksgiving we would be given the code. The first person to break the code would be allowed to open their presents first on Christmas Day. We had so much fun trying to break the code that we were never under the tree shaking presents.


By BarwickJ from Ottumwa, IA

December 9, 20050 found this helpful

Once we were old enough not to believe in Santa, my mama would write numbers on our Christmas gifts as she wrapped them and placed them around the tree. Everyone was free to shake the packages as much as they wanted because no one knew which numbers were for them until Christmas morning when Mama gave you your list of numbers.

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December 10, 20050 found this helpful

Wow! Great Ideas!

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November 2, 20100 found this helpful

Ha Ha! I had to laugh at this one because I did this one year when my children were little. They still tease me about it because I got mixed up during the tagging, and on Christmas morning, who knows who got what?! We had a great laugh though. :-)

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