I loved picking out present and I LOVED wrapping them (sadly that memory is only a distant memory as I think of the wrapping that awaits me)... I loved keeping the secret, and sometimes forgetting to keep the secret...
I watched Conner as we went to target last week with his allowance in toe. He's responsible to pay for his own presents now, and he sometimes forgets that he needs to save and the allure of Candy takes over. He realized that most of his presents would need to be 5 dollars or less. But he did it, he picked out great presents for everyone. He's so excited to "own" that and I know he'll be thrilled when they love them on Christmas day.
And what a great thing that is. That what you're hoping for isn't what all the hoopla is about... it's also about what you're giving.
So, what do you do, does each child give every other child something, do you draw names? Do you delight in what your husband is getting? I think there is a great lesson to be had in giving presents. I'm so glad that's part of the season. :)