Countdown to Christmas 2016 clock says there are 13 days left to Christmas! And the question is, do you open presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?
I know in some families this can cause some serious squabbles, but I think the more important question is how to manage the present opening madness with little ones in the house.
I know some families just let everyone tear into the presents and it’s over in about 2.5 seconds, but we want to try to teach our child a little more patience and appreciation for his gifts.
If your family has traditionally been the everyone ripping into presents at the same time kind, but you’d like to try something different this year, there are lots of different ways that you can slow down the celebration and enjoy the gift opening with your children. In our family, we open presents on Christmas morning, and our gift opening tradition basically goes like this:
As soon as we wake up, we open our stockings. We bring all the stockings into our room, and we sit on the bed and open them. This is really just a sneaky way of letting mummy and daddy relax in bed for a few extra minutes, because you know that children don’t sleep in on Christmas!
Then our family reads a Christmas story, before we begin opening our gifts.
We pass out all the gifts, and then open them one person at a time, starting with the youngest. This way each gift is opened and appreciated, before moving onto the next one.
And after the presents are opened we eat our yummy breakfast of cinnamon pull-apart rolls.
It’s a pretty simple tradition, but I love it, and I can’t wait ’til Christmas morning!
I hope you and your family have a blessed and Merry Christmas!
What is your family tradition for opening presents? Christmas Eve or Christmas Day? Does everyone open at the same time, do you take turns, or do you have another way of each gift being recognised and appreciated?
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