I opened 2 presents at work today! My lovely bosses gave us all the nicest gift baskets of treats along with such a lovely personal letter (definitely one for the boost file!).
When do we open presents around here?
I let the kids’ each open one present on Christmas Eve. However, they are the ones I’ve marked CE on the tags, the traditional pajamas and a book.
When I was quite a bit younger, I remember going to my grandparents on Christmas Eve and we usually opened presents from them there. As I grew a bit older, my mom would let me pick just one gift to open on Christmas Eve. Then, we always opened the rest of the presents on Christmas morning. And sometimes, we opened gifts in the early afternoon. Dinner was in the afternoon around 2 or 3 p.m.
My husband’s family had the tradition of opening presents on Christmas morning and then, eating breakfast. So we started going there for early morning Christmas, opening gifts, eating breakfast and spending the afternoon with my side. It worked well as our kids were super early risers on Christmas morning although we often had “where are you?” calls as we lived the furthest away from his parents. And mornings are still mornings even on Christmas.
Now, we are hosting my husband’s siblings for breakfast for the second year in a row (I do enjoy hosting!). So we’ll open our family presents early, then gifts with his brother and sister and their families (we exchange names).
And we’ll go have dinner at my brother’s house in the afternoon. My side doesn’t generally do as many presents. Too many of us! Some years, one of us will do it and some years we won’t. It’s whatever works for your family that year. It’s more about just being together.