Growing up it was always hang the stockings by the back door ( I tried leotards one year), track Santa's whereabouts on the radio, Midnight Mass, then Reveillon. We got to open one gift, and you really wanted it to be a toy, and not mitts. LOL Christmas morning, 7am mass, bring a toy for the poor( heck, we were the poor), breakfast, open the rest of the gifts, get ready for Christmas dinner and lots of company. We never got invited anywhere for Christmas, who in their right mind would invite a couple with 7 kids!!!!
This will be my first Christmas where I am not spending it with any family, I've opted to visit a friend. The whole guilt trip is setting in nicely.