Saturday, December 6, 2008

I'm just wondering......

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For those of you who celebrate Christmas, the world (especially me) wants to know your answer to the all-important question:

Do you open presents on

  1. Christmas Eve
  2. Christmas Day
  3. One on Christmas Eve and the rest on Christmas Day
  4. Other - and what is your "other"?
When my Mom was a kid, they opened one on Christmas Eve and the others on Christmas morning. My Dad opened all his on Christmas Day. When I was growing up, I couldn't sleep past 3 AM, so we opened at about 3:07 AM and went back to bed at 6 AM. Now as a Mom with my own family, we open one on Christmas Eve and the rest on Christmas Day, which is what my husband did when he was growing up.

Your turn!


John Oscar Atkinson said...


We had a large family of ten. Order had to prevail. We opened gifts at first light Christmas day. I remember the smells of fresh fruit like oranges Mama had placed under the Christmas tree. I remember Mama reminding us that it was Jesus' birthday and “He” was the everlasting gift. Mama said the clothes and toys would someday fade from memory. This Christmas I long for her comforting voice and the loving things she did as an example. A half-century later I try to follow her footsteps and make sure we have oranges and fresh fruit under our tree Christmas morning.


Kansas Bob said...

I think we have done a bit of each. When the kids were young we ALWAYS waited until Christmas morn. As they got older and Ann came into the picture we did both eve and morn. Any more we celebrate whenever the grandkids are available.. although Ann and I usually do a private gift exchange.

Paul Nichols said...

Normally, we open on Christmas Eve, but occasionally our circumstances dictate...

On Christmas Eve this year we'll open gifts here with our Lees Summit grandkids. On Christmas Day, My First Wife and I will open one gift each--on the train while we ride to Chicago. Then on the 29, we'll open gifts again with our Texas and Georgia Grandkids who are coming to visit. Taa-daa.

Oh, those pesky circumstances!