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Old 12-20-2008, 04:59 PM   #21
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Well...we do the stocking whenever you are up and then we eat breakfast and get the grammas. Then Ken hands out presents one at a time and away we go!
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Old 12-20-2008, 05:08 PM   #22
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The boys bring the stockings to us and investgate them when we are awake (and have a cup of coffee). We are usually at the out laws for Christmas and FIL justs hands out the presents to everyone about 11am and it is a free for all. I grew up a bit like UB where we took it turns to open presents so everyone could see what was got and say thank you appropriately - if giver was present. I must admit I prefer this approach especially when the boys were small and I was trying to track what they received for thank you letters.
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Old 12-20-2008, 05:33 PM   #23
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My DW’s family opens the gifts on Christmas in what I call a free-for-all – Everybody all at once – In matter of moments the room is knee deep in wrapping paper, bows, boxes, and loud noise!! You don’t have a clue what Santa brought anyone ….In Our family it is quite different…We take turns – starting with the oldest going to the youngest – One present at a time...There is soft music, usually classical in the back ground, everyone is enjoying a glass of wine – It’s a very layed back process sometimes lasting well into the afternoon with breaks for snacks, visits to the facilities, and the noonish meal.It is the way I grew up.


So, what is your families tradition on opening presents???
soft classical music, wine..........laid back.......????? When is dinner served, UB??? Count me in.. and I promise to come sans kids..........seriously, it's usually a madhouse here,,,,,,,,,,except if my sister-in-law is around she has a garbage sack attached to her.......god bless her ...........y'all have fun celebrating your traditional holidays :).........
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Old 12-20-2008, 05:42 PM   #24
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I actually enjoy the kids opening their gifts first and enjoying their excitement and opening mine last.........my granddaughter has done her daily count of gifts and continues to bombard me with requests to open her gifts early.....she's too funny.........
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Old 12-20-2008, 08:13 PM   #25
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On Christmas Eve we would go to my grandmothers' and she would open the gifts given to her and we would open her gifts to us. We then went to my bil's and had a gift exchange with them. We would go to Midnight mass, come home, put on our fat pants, get a drink and dive in. lol
When the kids were little they could open their stocking gifts until we had our first cup of joe. Then it was mayhem!!
Now dh, ds and I open our gifts together on Christmas Eve one by one. We sit and listen to Christmas music for a couple hours and hit the sack about 2-3 am.
Dd and family come over Christmas morning and we enjoy watching them and the grandkids open their gifts.

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Old 12-20-2008, 08:34 PM   #26
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We don't put our presents under the tree until Christmas Eve, because my dog will just lie next to the tree and pine away for them. He actually has growled at people!! Christmas morning we get up and have coffee and breakfast. We used to wait breakfast for my brother, but now he and his wife have breakfast at home and come to my house later. After breakfast my dog opens his presents, because if he does not he will drive us crazy. (In fact, tonight I caught him snooping in the closet where his presents are hidden. He is worse than a kid!!) When my brother and his wife arrive, we open our presents in a leisurely fashion. Stockings are first, a round of coffee, and then we start opening the presents one at a time. The only time we do two together is if the presents are similar or matching.
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Old 12-20-2008, 10:27 PM   #27
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We don't put our presents under the tree until Christmas Eve, because my dog will just lie next to the tree and pine away for them. He actually has growled at people!! Christmas morning we get up and have coffee and breakfast. We used to wait breakfast for my brother, but now he and his wife have breakfast at home and come to my house later. After breakfast my dog opens his presents, because if he does not he will drive us crazy. (In fact, tonight I caught him snooping in the closet where his presents are hidden. He is worse than a kid!!) When my brother and his wife arrive, we open our presents in a leisurely fashion. Stockings are first, a round of coffee, and then we start opening the presents one at a time. The only time we do two together is if the presents are similar or matching.
I read about the dog...burst out laughing DW cam in the room to see what was going on...She laughed!!! We can kinda, sorta identify!!!
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Old 12-20-2008, 10:55 PM   #28
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That is funny about the dog! LOL.
For us the kids take turns opening their presents, round robin style. As for how they open them, well 4 out of 5 Joyners prefer the rip like mad method.
The wife is the one dissenting vote, she opens hers carefully.
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Old 12-20-2008, 11:11 PM   #29
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One at a time here. I grew up with everyone opening everything at once and you couldn't see anything.
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Old 12-21-2008, 02:36 AM   #30
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One at a time here, as well. As kids we were allowed to get into our stockings when we got up. We weren't allowed to wake our parents up (about the only day they could sleep in), but around 10:00 we usually couldn't stand it anymore and one of us would suddenly develop a cough, or we would have an argument, just loud enough to wake them up. Then we would eat breakfast (not usually anything special, usually more of a fend for yourself thing--a lot of times my sister and I just ate candy and stuff from our stockings for breakfast, before they got up), get dressed, and then get started with the presents.

When we were younger, my dad passed out the gifts, then the job passed to me when I was a teenager. I kept a list for each of us, and as each gift was opened I wrote down who got what from whom (to send out thank-you's later). Since my sister and I always had more gifts than our mom and dad, we would each usually open two or three to their one. So it would go kind of like this: Diana, me, Diana, me, Mama, Diana, me, Diana, me, Daddy, etc. I don't know if anyone ever noticed that I (being the stingy sort) always was the last to open a gift! As each person opened a gift, everyone else would ohh and ahh, or say, "That's nice!"

James and I are alone, but we still do it pretty much the same way. He is under orders not to wake me up to open gifts (he's worse than a 5-year-old!), but once we are both up and ready, we are both big kids! We take turns, and (yep, you guessed it) I always open the last one!

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