Christmas Traditions: Gift Wrapped Doorway and Christmas Blocks

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Christmas Morning Tradition: Gift Wrap Doorway

When Santa was here on Christmas Eve, not only did he leave presents for the children, and leave his messy boot prints all over our room…but he also gift wrapped the doorway!

Santa gift wrapped the doorway!

Now the Christmas tree and the presents were trapped behind a wall of wrapping paper. The only way to get to the gifts…was to bust through the wrapping paper!

Busting through the gift wrapped doorway on Christmas morning!

It was actually harder than it looks to bust through that paper! Because of the way our doorway is set up there were actually two layers of wrapping paper to get through.

Busting through the gift wrapped doorway on Christmas morning!

Perhaps at your house the bedroom doorway gets wrapped instead of the living room, or perhaps it’s tissue paper or streamers instead of wrapping paper.

The great thing about the gift wrapped doorway tradition is that it can work for so many different families, whether Santa visits your house or not! It’s one that mom’s and dad’s can do themselves without Santa’s help. It’s one that teenagers can enjoy and look forward to as much as little children.

Busting through the gift wrapped doorway on Christmas morning!

Another Christmas morning tradition that we have in our family is the ceremonial knocking down of the Christmas blocks. Okay, it’s not ceremonial at all…but it is fun! In the photo below Jonathan was almost 11 months old and he crawled right to the blocks to knock them over.

Knocking down the Christmas blocks

It will be interesting to see how long it takes the kids to knock the blocks down this year. Will they be more interested in Santa’s footprints or the presents? Or will they knock the blocks down right away? Will they fight over who gets to knock the blocks down or cry because “So-and-so knocked the blocks down first and I wanted to do it!”
I mean, of course I like to purposely implement traditions that will inevitably create discourse amongst the children…who doesn’t?! 😉

So far knocking down the blocks has been a fun little Christmas morning tradition, we’ll see if it remains fun as the kids get older!

2013 Update: Our wrapped doorway was a little less exciting this year. Check it out here: Merry Christmas 2013! Jon seemed a little overwhelmed on Christmas morning, but when my husband pointed out the blocks to him he was thrilled to knock them down! 🙂

Christmas Morning Tradition: Gift Wrap Doorway

Does Santa gift wrap your door way?
What are some of your fun Christmas morning traditions? Let me know in the comments!


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About Jenn Rian

Jenn is a bored and sarcastic divorced mom of two who blogs and vlogs because the voices in her head tell her to. She blogs about as often as she showers, which isn't very often. Author of jennrian.com and coolestfamilyontheblock.com

Posted on December 2, 2013, in Christmas, Holidays, Traditions and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 35 Comments.

  1. That is such a cute tradition! I would love to see my kids breaking through a gift wrapped door!

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  2. I love the door wrapping idea! We used to wrap our door in college–but not to break through paper to get to presents. The kids would love this. Thanks for linking up with the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I have pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Board!

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  3. Such fun traditions! I love the gift wrapped doorway – that would be fun to run through even as an adult! lol!

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  4. This is so awesome! I want to do this now 🙂

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  5. L-O-V-E this idea… I’m going to have to do both of these for the kids this year, they are just the right age, 4 and 2! Thank you!

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  6. How fun! We might steal the gift wrapped doorway this year! We do streamers over the door for birthday mornings, and they love it! We not do something similar for Jesus’s birthday?

    P.S. Found you thru Blogelina

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  7. That is fun!! I wonder if I can do this and surprise my husband?! We don’t have kids but I think he would get a kick out of it!
    -Karen

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    • That’s a great idea, Karen! I know my hubby would’ve thought it was funny if I’d thought of it before we had kids. You have GOT to get a picture of him busting through there! 😉

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  8. Love it! Pinned It! About to share on fb!

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  9. I have never seen this before, love it!!! That would stop the 3am snooping with flashlights too (what I used to do) so mom and dad would get the truest reaction to Santa’s surprises! So cute. (sits girls!)

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    • haha, yes, it would definitely stop the snoopers! That first reaction is priceless and I’d hate to miss it! You can do this on bedroom doors as well, but I think mine are too young for that right now (4 and under). Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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  10. How fun! We may need to wrap a door way or two…if we have enough paper left! Or maybe i can do the hall somehow…..

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  11. So cool I can hear when the kids get up because they normally just go and open gifts without asking they don’t bother to wake us up. I may try this I have some extra paper too. Stopping over from SITS

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    • I hear a lot of parents say that the kids start without them and it’s hard for me to imagine! My sister and I were never morning people…so our parents actually had to wake us up on Christmas morning! Some parents leave the stockings in the rooms to keep the kids busy until they get up!
      I thought about wrapping the bedroom doors instead of the living room, but I my kids are still too little for that. Maybe when they’re older.

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  12. Hi Jenn! Saw this at the SITSgirls Sharefest. I love the idea of “wrapping” the doorway and it might help me keep my girls in their room a little longer on Christmas morning. Thanks for sharing.

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    • I guess there are a lot of early risers out there! The wrapping paper should help hold them off for a little while 🙂 You could wrap bedroom doors too, if that works better!
      Thanks for stopping by, Meg!

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  13. This is such a cool Christmas morning idea – I may try it with my kids. Thanks for sharing! We have some normal Christmas Eve traditions – dinner out, our local lights festival, cookies and egg nog for Santa. Christmas morning is spent on opening gifts and just enjoying each other’s company, but nothing specific that we ALWAYS do.

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    • Thanks for sharing, Katie! Most of our traditions are throughout the month or packed into Christmas Eve. Christmas Day is mostly just presents and hanging out with family at Grandma’s house. But we do have the wrapping paper on the doorway, Santa boot prints, and the Christmas blocks on Christmas morning 🙂

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  14. What a fun idea! My girls are such early risers. Right now they are young enough that they come and wake us up, but that may not last too long. This would be a fun way to make sure we hear them on Christmas morning.

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    • It sounds like a lot of parents of early risers just may start using the wrapping paper as a Christmas morning “booby trap” 😉
      My sister and I are not morning people, so our parents always had to wake us up on Christmas morning! We were especially tired from falling asleep near the window trying to hear Santa’s sleigh bells the night before 🙂

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  15. I gift-wrapped the door this year, but one of the kids had to get up at 4 am to potty, so it was a good thing I left the bottom part unwrapped! They thought it was fun and silly, so I’ll probably do it again next year. We do stockings, breakfast, church and then presents on Christmas morning at our house.

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  16. We always had breakfast in our stocking. We got an orange, a muffin, a hard boiled egg and a handful of Hershey kisses. That was it. No toys or gifts. Gifts from Santa were always wrapped.

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  17. My family builds a Christmas Trap outside our bedroom door every Christmas Eve. It is designed to alert my parents that we are awake and trying to get to the tree too early. There are some fun rules that go along with it. Check out the website I just created about it! In face sometimes we use wrapping paper JUST LIKE THIS POST as part of the trap! I totally love it!!!! I hope you enjoy it!

    http://Www.christmastrap.com

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  18. What are your Christmas blocks? Where did you get them from?

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