Friday, December 07, 2007

Did you ever sneak a peek... one of your Christmas presents?

This morning on the 101QFL morning show, our informal poll asked listeners if they'd ever sneaked a peek at one of their Christmas presents.

We got some hilarious replies. One guy said that he so routinely looked at his presents that there were Christmases that he knew everything he was getting. Didn't that spoil the fun on Christmas morning, I asked? He replied that he's an actor, and that the fun for him was convincingly acting surprised when he actually opened the gifts!

Another woman recalled finding, as a little girl, a Barbie Dream House under her parents' bed. As they loaded up to head to a relatives' house to open gifts, she realized they hadn't taken the Barbie Dream House. "Are you sure you've got everything?" she pleaded. She ended up having to admit that she'd found the gift, but her parents weren't giving up yet...they tried to convince her that it was for a cousin. Sure enough, though, she got it on Christmas morning.

One listener told of a childhood friend who brought over a new gadget (I forget what it was), and said, "I'm getting this for Christmas. I snuck it out of the house." Now, that takes chutzpah---playing with the gift that you haven't even been given yet!

I'll never forget one Christmas when I was stowing unwrapped presents for my kids between my bed and the an area I didn't think they would think to look. However, I walked in one day to show something to a friend...and caught my son Justin (probably 10 or 12 at the time) crouching by my bed! Busted!

My boys have since told me that they often peeked, and even knew ahead of time about some of big gifts that we gave them.

To be honest, I've never understood the peeking thing. I have always wanted to be surprised when I opened my Christmas gifts. Even some of our callers admitted that it took a lot of fun out of it for them.

How about you? Have you ever snuck a peek at a gift before Christmas? Did you have to act surprised when it came time to open the gifts--and did it take any of the fun out of the gift opening?

Let me know in my comments section.

And, everyone have a wonderful and blessed weeken!

7 comments: said...

My kids would sneak a peek at their gifts!! Carrie told me she always could find where we hid her gifts and would KNOW what they were going to be! I never knew so she did a good job of acting!! Hugs, Grams

{Karla} said...

I peeked a few times. But didn't enjoy it.

I don't think my kids have learned about peeking for them yet.


Barbara H. said...

I only did it one time. My brother and I had been playing near the Christmas tree when I noticed that I could see through the wrapping paper. Later when I could look by myself, I went and looked at all my packages and figured out what they were. I was really into paint-by-number sets that year, and that's what a lot of them were. But I was sooo disappointed Christmas morning -- it was such a let-down to have no surprises. So I never did it again. Even now when I know where I could look to see where my husband has hidden things (or where to look on the computer to see what he's ordered) I don't. I don't want to know.

Barbara H. @ Stray Thoughts

Ann-Marie said...

I always wanted to be suprised, so I never looked.

But I would take a quick peek in my stocking every now and then. Mom would often just leave the tags sticking out of the top, so I'd have to stare at a Snicker's bar, but not be able to eat it until Christmas.

Isn't that cruel?! :-)

Ashley said...

My mom said when she was a little girl she would unwrap her gifts and play with them before wrapping them back up again. :o)

Once I found where my mom kept her lists, I would peek. The last time I peeked was in 11th or 12th grade. I found out I was getting a brass/white wrought iron bed that she had found at an antique store. I was really disappointed at first, but I was excited by the time Christmas rolled around. I walked into the living room that Christmas morning, fully expecting to see it in the corner, but there was just a picture of it in my stocking. I had to wait a week or so before I actually got it. I still have that bed, some 20 or 21 years later, but my mom's using it since I don't have the space for it. (I don't think my boys would appreciate having a bed like that...:o)

As for my boys, they don't know about peeking yet. But when they do, I'm going to have to learn some new tricks!

Barbara said...

I never opened any of my presents before hand because we never got that much. I wanted to be surprised. But one Christmas we had lots of relatives in for the night and I had to sleep on the couch with my grandmother in the LR with the tree. I was not asleep when my Mother (Santa) put our Christmas under the tree. My grandmother told me to just be really quiet.

Now, for my 2 kids (son and daughter) routinely peeked, but not until after midnight on Christmas Eve. We would put our packages under the tree, go to bed, and those two kids would get up and unwrap and re-wrap and be surprised in the morning. They have also gotten us up at 3 or 4 AM in the morning because Santa had come - to open Christmas when we had only been in bed an hour or two!

Barbara H. said...

I have a bloggy award for you today. :-)

Barbara H. @ Stray Thoughts

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