questionsdo you open presents on christmas eve or…

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When I was a child, I was allowed to open one present on Christmas Eve. At seven or eight, I realized that the present I opened on Christmas Eve always contained Christmas-themed pajamas (so I'd be wearing them in Christmas morning pictures).

I negotiated to be allowed two presents on Christmas Eve. :)

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We do Christmas stockings on Christmas Eve and the rest of the presents on Christmas morning. Stockings generally include little toys, tools, maybe a small book, silly putty, chap stick (in your favorite variety, if Mom remembers), a small Lego set if you're under the age of 18 or, well, me. Maybe a bit of candy. Fun post-its or your favorite pens/pencils (again, if Mom remembers whether it's you or your sister that likes the pilot pens with the blue ink or the cheap Bic stick pens with the black ink). And Dad's sock always includes an orange.

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We give our daughter something on the Eve, but I am strictly on the Day for my gifts.

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We do family stuff Christmas eve. Kids get small gifts exchanged between each other and adults do a name exchange and buy for one sibling.

Everyone does Christmas morning at home with a family dinner gathering in the afternoon. Many of my siblings have young families and like to have Santa arrive at home. Visiting children know Santa's magic will allow the jolly old elf to know where to bring the gifts.

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One gift Christmas Eve, the rest Christmas morning. As a child, we were allowed to open our stockings before Mom & Dad were awake, but all else had to wait. I realize now that the stocking tradition is a brilliant way to keep 6 kids occupied and let parents sleep in for another hour!