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Donovan
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Okay, true confession time. I was reading this tread when I thought about my own little 'indescresions.' When I was 10 or so, I was quite good at carefully slitting the scotch tape and at least seeing what my presents were. Hell, I was playing one of the games for my Vic-20 for nearly a week before Christmas.

So, any other true cofessions out there?

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My parents were awful at hiding gifts. They didn't wrap them until Christmas eve, so they usually sat in the back of their closet.

I never had the guts to open them & use them before Christmas, but I remember doing a good job at acting suprised when I opened the Atari. That new dual cassette deck didn't seem as nice as it was on the box when I finally got to open it & use it.

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When I was a kid, I'd find my presents in my parents' bedroom closet every year.

I still do this to a certain extent. I look at what I'm getting through my Amazon wishlist. I just can't help myself.

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My brother (no really...it wasn't me) would alwys search our parents room for the list my mother would make as to who was getting what, so one year my mother used a numbers system to trip him...boy was he frustrated.

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When I was 9 I was left in the house alone for about 5 minutes. Somehow I just knew where to go. I took a chair into my parent's room to reach one of the five or six top cupboards, and opened the one I reckoned hadn't been seen in use lately.

There was Pink and Pretty Barbie smiling out at me. I couldn't believe she was going to be mine in a few days.

Unfortunately it totally ruined Christmas because I had the biggest punitive conscience as a kid and I just looked around at everyone enjoying watching me open my Barbie and thought, "I'm a fraud."

Barbie was a bit tainted after that.

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I still like to know what I'm getting well in advance.
While my family has gotten better at hiding what they've gotten, since they all live far away from me, I'm more impressed that my fiance is able to hide what she's getting me as effectively as she does.
I usually was more disappointed that I was putting more effort into gifts than my family was for me. Or that they had gotten me something that I already had.

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I've never looked, really. I mean, lately I've known what I'm getting, because it's specifically something I ask for. And when my parents (well, my mom) would do themed gift giving.

I remember when my mom got me an American Girl (TM) Kirsten doll, I assumed that the rest of my gifts would be Kirsten-related, and was right! Although, I was a bit dissapointed that I didn't get Samantha or Felicity.

My brother was the devious one. But nowadays, if I don't know what I'm getting, I'll try to sneak around finding out by gradually getting answers.

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When I was six or eight, my family rented Mario Paint from Blockbuster during fall. A few months later, I'm looking for something in my parents' closet and I find the box to Mario Paint! "Uhhh... I thought we returned this!"

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I wrote this a couple years ago. Given the thread title, it seems somehow appropriate. [Smile]

Oh, I get so excited when itís Christmas
But sad that it is only once a year
Cuz there are lots of gifts and treats
And food that is the best to eat
And family so full of Christmas cheer

Yes, I get so excited when itís Christmas
But I canít always wait for Christmas day
So I sneak underneath the tree
To find the gifts that are for me
Once all the grown-up types have gone away

But somehow Dad and Mommy always get me
No matter how silent I try to be
And they say if I continue to sneak beneath the tree
Thereíll be no more Christmas for me

Well, I get so excited when itís Christmas
So much that I think Iím the only one
Who gets that when itís off limits
I may pretend that itís the pits
But really itís a hundred times more fun

I know that Santaís gifts are in the closet
Because I picked the lock a year ago
Itís fine that he has got to hide them
But I want to see inside them
As soon as we get half an inch of snow

So I wait until Mom and Dad are sleeping
But somehow, they still are onto me
And they say ďIf you persist in this childish chicanery...Ē
(Blah, blah) Then no more Christmas for me

Oh, I get so excited around Christmas
My x-ray specs are underneath my bed
Without parental supervision
Iíll strap on my new night vision
Goggles right onto my little head

Then I will fly downstairs with my jet pack
Just so I can avoid that creaky stair
But someone should tell Mom and Dad
Iím not the only one whoís bad
Cuz setting traps just isnít playing fair

Suspended in a net is how they find me
Just dangling for all the world to see
And Dad says if they need more surveillance technology
Thereíll be no more Christmas for me

Oh, I get so excited in December
Cuz I know Christmas day is coming fast
ĎNeath Dad and Mommyís eagle eye
I promise them that I will try
But I donít know how long Iím gonna last

Sometimes we hear the story about Jesus
Who got gifts of myrrh and frankincense and gold
And I smile at Dad and Mommy
Who threaten no Christmas for me
But I know they wouldnít do that to a five-year-old

So once again, I dive beneath the presents
To figure out what people got for me
And I know if I get caught again by Daddy and Mommy
Theyíll say no more Christmas
No more Christmas
No more Christmas for me!

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One year my parents bought me a futon and everyone in the house was in the surprise. They put it in the back room with the recycling, tools, etc. Everyone assumed that I wouldn't go back there I didn't have to do the recycling (my chore was folding the clothes and cleaning one of the bathrooms) and tools do not interest me. However, for some reason this was the year I decided that the back room was a good place to go and put random stuff I didnít want in my room anymore. After about a month of, ďIíll do that for you NinthSign!Ē and, ďDonít go in the backroom! Iíll get that for you,Ē I grew really suspicious because my brothers werenít usually THAT nice. So, I peeked. [Smile]
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My sister was the one who usually went after the gifts; the first couple years I went and looked, then I realized that it was a lot more fun to unwrap them than to know in advance. It got to the point where I kept telling her to *not* tell me what I was going to get. She kept on telling me, anyway.... x_x
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I never wanted to go looking for the gift stash, because I never had the desire to know what *all* my presents were. But I peeked under the wrapping paper of one gift once. I don't even remember what the present was, but I do remember that it wasn't what I thought it would be-- it wasn't even an exciting gift. But, like Neffti, I felt like a liar and a fraud on Christmas pretending to be surprised, and it took away a tiny bit of the fun of Christmas.

I never peeked again, although my grandmother and I had a years-long tradition of shaking, poking, and generally trying to guess what was inside wrapped presents. It was our game to make the most incorrect guess possible-- if the gift rattled, we were likely to say, "a yellow sweater" and so on. [lol] Loved that part of Christmas.

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One of the most popular monologues with my drama class was about a girl who peeks at her present when her mom's not home, discovers she's getting the expensive item she had been begging for, and the remorse she feels afterward. We'd discuss this monologue over and over.

I'd say there's not a Christmas-celebrating child that hasn't faced the dilemma of "to peek or not to peek". For the record, I never peeked although I did find my brother's presents once accidentally.

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I wasn't a peeker, but I usualy accidently found or was told about some of my presents before Christmas. My mom would send me to get something out of her closet, forgetting that she'd hid the deluxe Spirograph set there. Or she asked me to call Sears and check on her order, and they'd tell me what had come in and what was expected in the next shipment.

My brother once unwrapped all his presents a few days before Christmas. However, he couldn't find the tape when he went to wrap things back up. He ended up using first aid tape. Kinda obvious. [Roll Eyes]

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I always peek, and have two reasons:

1. It's more of a thrill for me to sneak around the house and find the hiding spaces and be crafty about hiding my trail. Years of finding where my parents/wife had hidden my gifts and covering my tracks has made me the best cat burglar in Upstate NY [fish]

2. It gave me time to practice what I'd say if the gifts were "unusual" "A tool chest without tools? Wow, now I have the pleasure of, umm, buying tools!" (And yes, my parents did get me this for Xmas once; I was 8 at the time.)

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I don't recall ever intentionally looking. I have found them by mistake on a couple rare occasions while getting other things but even then I couldn't be sure if it was for me or my Sis. I just asked Mom if I did when really little and she says that I never seemed to have an interest in peeking. I used to hide my Dad's gift right out in plain sight uncovered on the kitchen counter and he wouldn't even notice.

OTOH, my kids will try to peek every chance they can.

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Starla
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I only tried to find my presents once. In the back of my mom's closet was a bag full of things I knew my brother and cousins wanted, and there was the toy I wanted most- a handheld electronic pinball game. There were three of them, so I knew one was for me! I was so excited I couldn't wait until Christmas.

Christmas morning came and went, and I didn't get a pinball game! When the extended family got together in the afternoon, there were two of my cousins and my grandpa thanking my mom for the super-cool pinball games. I was so disappointed. It ruined Christmas for me, I couldn't enjoy the gifts I was given. I never peeked again.

Now I do needle Mr. S into telling me what his parents are getting me. Every year it's something awful, so I need the heads up to get over it and look surprised and happy.

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I remember finding them once, not on purpose. My Dad had a personal art studio off to the side of the house, and I came across my Christmas stuff in the closet there. I got Lazer Tag stuff that year.

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When I was about 8-11 I used to search out my presents. Usually my mom would have them wrapped already, but I was pretty good with carefully removing the tape and opening it enough to see what it was.

It really helped me to think of an approprtiate "oh gee, swell! Thanks!" response when it was something disappointing. If I hadn't already known that I was getting another violin play-along audio cassette one year, there would have been tears. [Big Grin]

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I never peek and am very disappointed if I inadvertently discover a gift. I've always been like that. I even wrapped my own presents (the ones in the plain white boxes) because she knew I wouldn't peek on a dare. I love opening presents on Christmas morning and being surprised, no matter how big or small the gift.

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I never really actually peeked at the unwrapped gifts, and my parents only just hid htem in the closet anyway.
But once they were wrapped and under the tree I was always under there shaking them, sizing them up, etc., trying to get a best guess as to what they were. That, for me, was part of the best part of Christmas, since it added both mystery and anticipation. It was a fairly common thing to do in my house, not openly accepted, but everyone knew you were supposed to be doing it, you know, one of those things that you pretend to object to, but in reality do not. Like stealing a piece of hot turkey as it's being carved, or sneaking into the christmas tarts before dinner. Part of the tradition is that you pretend it is a taboo.

When mrs. callee and I got married, one year she walked suddenly into the living room and caught me investigating the gifts under the tree. She had an absolute bird! She was absolutely opposed to the practice, and believed like a zealot that I was just ruining christmas thereby. I tried to explain that my christmas would be ruined by the omission of the practice, but she wouldn't budge. So now when I investigate the gifts it is actually even more fun, since mrs. callee isn't just pretending that it's an illegal taboo, she really thinks that! Now the adrenaline is real!

Meanwhile,

the best peeking story I've heard comes from my little sister. She was a horrendous peeker, going into that closet like mad and taking the stuff out, playing the games, trying on the clothes, etc. Mom knew this and tried every new strategy to keep my sister out, but my sister always won the game. One year little sister wanted one of those GAP sweaters that were all the rage. So mom finally had an idea to beat her at her own game. Mom bought two of the sweater, one nice one, one not-so-nice one. The nice one she hid at my grandparents across town, the not so nice one she hid in her usual place in the closet. Sure enough, little sister peeked like crazy, she tried on the not-so-nice sweater, noticed how ugly it was, had tried desperately to find some way to wear it that owuld look better, had complained to all her friends about what a tragic disappointment this was, to get the gap sweater but get an ugly one! She had gone through all 5 stages of grief I am sure, so the look of shock and surprise on christmas morning when she opened the nice one, safely retrieved late the night before from grandparents, was worth twice its weight in gold! Forgetting herself, little sister exclaimed "OMG THAT'S NOT THE UGLY ONE FROM THE CLOSET!!!!" and her peeking crimes were laid bare for all to see!

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One year, I decided to try peeking. So I managed to carefully lift the tape on the wrapping paper and peek inside. But almost every present I had was either practical (underwear) or a computer game. Of course, at the time, we didn't have a computer.

My mom had been so adamant that no computer would ever be allowed in our house, and to my wee little mind, they were so hideously expensive we could never afford one. So I agonized and worked up in my head the belief that I must have been really bad, so I was being given gifts I could never use.

Of course, on Christmas eve, Santa left us a bunch of big boxes that turned out to be... a computer. (A nice one for the time.) I was so relieved and happy I started to cry, and then I confessed my terrible misdeeds. Everyone laughed... but after that year, all of my presents were double-wrapped with all the edges taped down.

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I have never peeked at my presents, partly because I was always convinced I'd be found out if I tried.

However, I thought it was perfectly fair to examine the shape and weight of the presents and make guesses - which were never correct except for in the case of books.

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I never peeked as a child, but one year a few days before Christmas I decided that what I would really like was Fistfaces. But when I told my mother what I'd like, she shouted at me and threatened that I wouldn't get anything at all, which was completely mystifying--it didn't seem like such a terrible thing to ask for.

I discovered later that my grandparents had sent it to me, it had been stored in my mother's closet, and she'd assumed that I'd been peeking.

Turns out that it's a toy with limited use value, but I still like to "move my fingers for lots of fun and action."

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Sara, from age 14 on it was just Dad and I living at home. I don't know how many times Dad would have me wrap something that was open and I could see what it was under the guise that it was for my Sis. Or take me Christmas shopping to "help pick something for Sis" then come home and wrap said gift only to find out that it was for me! And the reason it worked is because I could truly never be sure if it was for me or not. So I just took the stance that it was for Sis every time just to play it safe. Or I would see something I liked and make a comment about it. Dad would say "Oh, I like that too. Maybe I will get me one." Only to find it under the tree for me. Once again, it worked because sometimes he did keep it for himself or hold it the 4 months until my birthday. And he still does this to this day!

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quote:
Originally posted by callee:
I never really actually peeked at the unwrapped gifts, and my parents only just hid htem in the closet anyway.
But once they were wrapped and under the tree I was always under there shaking them, sizing them up, etc., trying to get a best guess as to what they were. That, for me, was part of the best part of Christmas, since it added both mystery and anticipation. It was a fairly common thing to do in my house, not openly accepted, but everyone knew you were supposed to be doing it, you know, one of those things that you pretend to object to, but in reality do not. Like stealing a piece of hot turkey as it's being carved, or sneaking into the christmas tarts before dinner. Part of the tradition is that you pretend it is a taboo.


I love the way you described this! I forgot about the thrill of shaking the wrapped presents and trying to figure out what they are. My parents would place presents that came in the mail under the tree, but the things from them did not go under the tree until after we went to bed on Christmas Eve. My brother and I spent hours secretly rattling the box from Grandma, trying to figure out what she sent. Then Christmas morning there would be piles of presents under the tree, we couldn't even see the presents we'd been messing with, and it all felt so magical.

My kids are too young for us to leaved presents out yet-- my two year old can't wait 5 minutes for me to make her lunch-- but I look forward to when I can leave a few out and then "scold" them for rattling the boxes.

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I accidently found my N64. My mum was a bit stupid for leaving it in the cupboard with the wrapping paper.

My brother is far smarter than I am.

My parents keep all the receipts together so they can chekc them against credit card statements. My brother then had the bright idea of going through them to see what had been purchased. Given that we normally give the family clothes, it was kinda easy to spot what was his.

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My parents were good. My sister and I never found our presents beforehand. I think one year I got a peek at one, and my mom brushed it off as being for a cousin.

I do know at least two things that I am getting this year because my mom doesn't not "speak videogame" and she buys for my grandmothers. Although one of them she identified as a "Chocobo game." There's hope for her yet. [Smile]

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I Saw Three Shipments


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When I was a kid fairly early on I knew all I ever wanted for Christmas was books...if I got most toys I wouldn't play with them so it was not that hard to convince the parents to go along with this idea

So for years just before Christmas my Mom when she went shopping to a big city(we lived out in the boondocks) she'd give me $100 and drop me off at a bookstore for the day...I'd pick out what I wanted and we both would be happy

Except what she didn't know was on those days I would pull a $100 of books from my collection and put them in the trunk before we left and exchange them with the books we just bought for presents so once at home I could read all my new books right away

This just hurt me of course because on Christmas when everyone got their presents I was left with books I had long since read...still every year I couldn't help myself from doing it again and again

A few years before mt getting mostly books each year I wanted more than anything a BB gun(yup I was just like Ralphie from "A Christmas Story")...there was no real reason I had never gotten one before then because as a farm kid I had access to shotguns, deer rifles, and .22s anytime I wanted but I still lusted for a BB gun of my very own

So one day I discovered where the presents were hidden(in the attic under a pile of boxes of old clothes)...I saw a package that was long and slim and looked just right to hold an air rifle so I picked at the tape on one side just enough to see the manufacturer's name and it was "Daisy"(this is the name of a big maker of BB guns if you didn't know)

I was more happy than any kid has a right to be and couldn't wait for Christmas to come...I was the perfect child for the next couple of weeks in anticipation

The day comes and I open everything else except that long slim box so it will be the last present to be opened(just to torture myself)...I slowly open one side to see what I had already known but when I pulled the whole box from the paper I saw something I hadn't noticed during my spying

Yes it was an air rifle but it was really an AIR rifle...it shot puffs of AIR not BBs...you cock it and pull the trigger it would shoot air at a plastic target and if you hit the target it would tip over from up to 20 feet away...argh!

I think the hardest thing I ever had to do as a little kid was to pretend I liked that present and not go off and pout about it thus ruining the day for everyone

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Sara at home
Ding Dong! Merrily on High Definition TV


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One year I begged, begged, begged for a bicycle. When we went down the stairs Christmas morning, there stood a bike......for my brother. I don't think he even asked for one. And from day one I was told I wasn't allowed to ride it because I was a girl and would "hurt" myself. They couldn't -- wouldn't? -- even tell me how I was going to "hurt" myself. I was devestated but, unlike ertceps, I was unable to pretend I wasn't.

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VersesBatman
Markdown, the Herald Angels Sing


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Last year we went shopping at Wal-Mart and I spotted three collector's editon Barbies I wanted. They were Batgirl, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn. When I was out of sight my husband bought them for me.

He hid them in our room between the nightstand and our bed. I found them by accident when i cleaned the room. I never told him and I did my best to act surprised. I don't think he ever found out.

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Bach_girl
It Came Upon a Midnight Clearance


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I did once, but ended up so disappointed at not being suprised on Christmas morning, that I never have done it since. I want it to be a suprise.

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Saluki Worship
I Saw Three Shipments


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I've never sneaked a peek at presents myself, since I prefer to wait until Christmas, and let the suspense build (Plus the guilt would kill me!). But my two brothers had fun when they were kids...they snuck into my parent's bedroom and took a peek at their new Sega. And they didn't stop there. They took it out of the box, plugged it into the tv, and played the game Alex Kidd (I think they might have even finished it that night!). Afterwards, they carefully wrapped it back up, and put it back in the wardrobe. My parents were clueless [Razz]

It wasn't until recently that the two of them fessed up about this to our mum. She was stunned! [lol]

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