Post # 1
just curious – does your family do all presents on christmas eve or christmas day?
Growing up we would go to family’s on christmas eve for dinner and whatnot – but we NEVER got presents until christmas morning.
DH’s family does all of their presents for everyone on christmas eve. This is still new to me even though it’s been 3 christmas’s now. 😛
we were talking about it last night and while it won’t be an issue for a few years – I’ve been thinking about how we will do christmas with our own children…because christmas eve is at his parent’s house and christmas DAY everyone comes back there for christmas dinner…
thing is – they live 2 hours away from us and I DON’T want to run back and forth – but I want our children to open presents from santa christmas morning…
I know it’s something we’ll worry about when the time comes – lol.
But for now – it’s still weird to get all my gifts on christmas eve and nothing to open christmas day…
what about all of you?
Post # 3
We did all of our gifts on Christmas Day, but we always opened a gift on Christmas Eve to quell our excitement as kids. Perhaps you could compromise this way?
Post # 4
We always got 1 gift to open on Christmas eve – and it was always our new christmas pj’s! 🙂 We actually still carry this on as adults – every year, a couple takes turns picking out cheeky matching pj’s for everyone to wear. We are SUCH dorks! 😛
When you have kids, can you compromise and open the gifts from grandparents, aunts/uncles, etc. on Christmas eve & then open all the goodies left by Santa in the morning?
I don’t know any kids (or grownups, for that matter) who wouldn’t want to get gifts 2 days in a row!
Post # 5
FI family does it on Christmas Eve, then Santa comes Christmas day and just sets presents out unwrapped, but we have always done them all on Christmas day, and they are all wrapped.
Post # 6
My husband’s family is Polish so their big family dinner and present opening is Christmas Eve AND his parents do a “normal” Christmas morning. In my family we would each open one present on Christmas Eve and then the rest in the morning.
So this year we’ll do Wigilia (Christmas Eve) at his aunt’s, exchange our own presents at home Christmas morning, then go to his parents’ (fortunately this is all in town) before heading 100 miles south to spend the rest of Christmas day and night with my mom and then going another 2 hours on Saturday to spend the weekend with my dad in Breckenridge.
It’s certainly do-able and I love seeing everyone but we’re really hoping that next year we can host everyone!
Post # 7
Growing up it alternated depending on Church and family gathering schedules. My FH, me and FH’s brother will be doing ours today!!! Mostly because FH and I like to open each others gifts on our own, and his brother is in town visiting this week. We will do most of FH’s family on Christmas Eve. My family on Christmas, and the rest of FH’s family two days after Christmas.
Post # 8
We’ve always done Christmas morning, but since we’re blending our families it’s looking like we’re starting our own tradition of giving each other one gift on the 23rd since we’ll do his family Christmas Eve, and mine Christmas day. *Phew!*
Post # 9
Both! We’ve always done Christmas Eve with extended family (and exchanged gifts with them) and then Christmas Day was gifts from immediate family (and Santa)! I like that it spreads it out over both days. My FI family has always done everything Christmas Day except for getting to open one on Christmas Eve.
Post # 10
We always open ours on Christmas morning, but while we’re at the 4:30 mass, Santa leaves one present for the family to let us know that we’re on the good list, and we open that together after dinner. It’s always a new Christmas story, and the we read a few of our old favorites.
The in-laws also do Christmas morning: the big difference is that we open stockings first thing, and they open stockings last…
Post # 11
My family opened all presents on Christmas morning. My husband’s family opened presents from relatives on Christmas Eve and presents from Santa on Christmas morning. When we have kids, we’ll probably continue on his family’s tradition. Right now, though, we each open up a couple gifts and then save the rest for Christmas morning.
Post # 12
Both! We have Christmas Eve at my grandmother’s where we open presents with family members we’re not going to see on Christmas. Then Christmas morning, we open presents with my parents and sister.
Christmas Day we open presents with FI’s family. The funny thing is, when I first started dating FI, they didn’t even do presents…they would just all exchange cash. It was the weirdest thing, IMO.
Post # 13
We celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve at my Moms house. She has a nice dinner and we all open presents. Christmas Morning my hubby and I exchange and then we go to his familys house for Christmas and then My Dads house after that! So we get presents all Christmas Eve and Christmas. When we have kids we will celebrate ours with Santa on Christmas Morning. YOu could still do that with your kids and not travel back the 2 hours that night and have your own tradition. Alot of things change as we all grow up and have kids!
@MissMeepsie!-We do Pajama’s every Christmas Eve too!! And we are all adults now! lol. I look forward to getting my cute comfy PJ’s every year!
Post # 14
We always just had Christmas with our immediate family and did presents on Christmas Eve. Here’s a little traditional timeline that hasn’t changed much over the last 25 years.
6:30 Home from church, mom yells at us not to take off our dress clothes so we can take pictures first. Frantically take pictures.
6:35 Scramble to our rooms to change into pjs. Harrass the last person done changing until they get their butt into the living room where the tree is.
6:36 Split up the presents, Mom takes a picture of us with our butts in the air digging for gifts under the tree. Freak out because one person’s pile is the biggest.
6:37 Freak out while mom makes us help make appetizers to eat while we open gifts.
7:00 Finally 🙂 open gifts, taking turns so we stretch it out.
I know that’s kind of long, but that is seriously how it goes every year. It sounds bad, but its very good-natured and humorous. And none of the piles are that big anyway, its more of the tradition than anything.
Post # 15
Growing up we always did one present on Christmas Eve and the rst Christmas morning. FI and I still contiue to use this tradition:)
Post # 16
This is a cute thread. Things have changed drastically over the years. When I was a kid we always went to my Aunt’s house (the Italian side) & did the whole Christmas Eve fish thing (ick), most of my relatives on my Dad’s side are gone now so we don’t do it. Christmas morning was always stocking before church to hold us over and then presents when everyone came over my parents house.
NOW… forget it. Christmas eve at FI’s Aunt’s (FMIL’s side) – followed by all our friends headed to a local bar for a while, Christmas morning is always just FI & I. Then we head to my parents around 2p for Christmas afternoon/dinner & then we drive out to FI’s cousins in LI around 5-6pm for (FFIL’s side) & stay there the rest of the night. LI is fun because they all still have little kids. Christmas is always better with little kids.