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post #1 of 29
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gifts on Christmas Eve? We have done that since I was a kid and now I do it with my own kids.I give them a choice of 3 gifts and they can pick ONLY one to open.
post #2 of 29
My husband's family has always celebrated Christmas on Christmas Eve. So we open all of the gifts from his side of the family on Christmas Eve.
post #3 of 29
We open all our gifts on Christmas eve(from each other). When we were young enough to believe in Santa, we opened gifts from him on Christmas morning. Mom finds it futile to buy gifts from Santa when the kids are 15, 19(me), 24, & 27!
post #4 of 29
oh wow we do that and like you only ONE gift............its a wicked idea we also have table gifts with our dinner.......only small gifts, never rude or funny ones, they must be serious - it carries on the "opening" thing just a bit longer
post #5 of 29
We used to open the gifts from my grandparents on Christmas eve. But they stopped sending stuff years ago. Altough I did recieve gorgeous flowers from my dad's mom last night!
post #6 of 29
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Originally Posted by white cat lover View Post
We open all our gifts on Christmas eve(from each other). When we were young enough to believe in Santa, we opened gifts from him on Christmas morning. Mom finds it futile to buy gifts from Santa when the kids are 15, 19(me), 24, & 27!

We did the same thing when I was growing up, but even if my children are at my home for Christmas now, Santa still brings them a present.

Santa is gonna bring my husband a present on Christmas morning.


We do the same thing with the Easter Bunny, he still comes to our house and brings baskets for everyone.
post #7 of 29
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Santa brings gifts for mine also.He wraps them in a special wrapping paper too.The kids see his gifts first on Christmas morning.
post #8 of 29
We used to open gifts from extended family on x-mas eve but now that we have more than one family to see we fo mine on x-mas eve and his on x-mas. Oh, and when Santa comes to our house (which he still does even though I'm 27 and my brother is 32) he never wraps gifts. Oh, I do have a niece he visits but he comes for me and my brother too.
post #9 of 29
Every year my nana and grandad would give all the grandchildren a Christmas ornament on Christmas Eve. My nana passed away in 2005, but had purchased ornaments that year and put them aside to give to us, so we still got our traditinal Christmas ornaments last year. This year, however, I don't expect to receive one: it was my nana's tradition, and I don't see my grandad continuing it without her.

We might get to open our Christmas presents from my grandad, aunt and uncle on Christmas Eve this year, but only because J and I won't be around to see them on Christmas Day -- we're driving to J's folks as soon as we're done brunch on Christmas morning. This hasn't really been discussed yet, but it wouldn't surprise me if they wanted to be there when we opened our gifts.
post #10 of 29
Nope.... My Mom wanted to open our gifts on Christmas Eve this year. My brother and I looked at each other and said "Why"? She was very disapointed. It was kind of funny. I just like getting up early and opening gifts. Then we go to brunch and gifts at my aunts then home for a few hours then to my Grandmothers for dinner and more gifts. Christmas has always been a huge family day. I love it!!!
post #11 of 29
no, we don't. But when I was smaller, my mom would always give us a gift from her & my dad....and it was always new pjs. This way we would have new clean jammies on for our pictures in the morning!
post #12 of 29
We did when I was growing up. Every Christmas my parents would give my brother, sis and me 3 boxes each of ice cream, that we could eat directly out of the box and have all to ourselves. Thats what we would get on Christmas Eve our 3 boxes of ice cream.
post #13 of 29
Yeap. My mom did that with me as a kid. I got to pick ONE... I don't do it with mine because they wouldn't stop at just one
post #14 of 29
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Originally Posted by Pami View Post
We did when I was growing up. Every Christmas my parents would give my brother, sis and me 3 boxes each of ice cream, that we could eat directly out of the box and have all to ourselves. Thats what we would get on Christmas Eve our 3 boxes of ice cream.



Christmas Eve is for DH and I only, and we have dinner and open our gifts alone together, because it's havoc when his GROWN children come here on Christmas morning, you would think they were 5
post #15 of 29
Growing up, no we didn't open presents the night before, but when I was about 12 and started making money from babysitting, I bought everyone christmas presents and that year everyone got to open the presents I worked really hard to get them the night before. It's now the tradition that the night before christmas, that we each get one pressie to open.
post #16 of 29
We always open most of our gifts on Christmas Eve in my family. Then on Christmas Day we open our big gift and our stockings (This year on Christmas eve- we're doing a Secret santa and a dirty santa gift exchange since we're all short on $$$) It's soo much fun!) For Christmas Eve we will be going to my sister kimmy's house (which is WEIRD!!! We ALWAYS go to my other sister Monica's house...but this year since kimmy has a house now, she wanted to entertaine) Then Christmas day, we're going to mine/my mom's house / After Christmas, Colin and I are going to Mobile, AL to have a late Christmas with his family / I'm also 1/2 Jewish as well...so I usually celebrate Hanukkah as well. Not this year though. I will next year though / Normally for Hanukkah, i don't do gifts- I bake instead and do nice dinners every other night Then for Christmas I do gifts. It's kinda like a combination We do Christmaukkah Even my church (which is a massively huge southern baptist church with a population as big as most small towns) we celebrate Hanukkah there as well I think it's really nice. / I can't wait to have kids someday and celebrate the meaning of both holidays with them I'll probably do the same thing with them- cooking/meals/baking for Hanukkah and then gifts/ and christmas dinner on Christmas and Chrismtas eve. We'll see!
post #17 of 29
we used to open our presents from our grandparents when we were kids, but about the time we became teenagers they started sending money instead. Around the same time I came into contact with a tradition that my family has adopted readily, and I will bring into my own family when I have one...it is opening a new pair of pj's. That way you get a new pair of pj's for christmas eve, and get to be warm cozy and good lookin for Christmas morning.

Looking forward to my pair for this year. I asked for a pair of Joe Boxers with christmas trees on them, but my new apartment is so warm that i don't know if I'll get them or something lighter weight.
post #18 of 29
Growing up, we always had a huge dinner on Christmas Eve, and then sat around and the adults drank a little wine and we all passed presents around very leisurely. The whole thing probably takes 5 hours. Christmas morning was always reserved for stockings and joke presents (or Santa until I was about ten) and then rushing around to go visit other family, etc. Christmas Eve is the real celebration to me, the "real" Christmas, and Christmas Day was just recovery and visiting family I didn't much care to see anyway

It will be the same this year! It would be unnatural to do that during the day, without the twinkling lights and candles and big dinner beforehand.
post #19 of 29
No, I don't like to ruin Christmas morning
post #20 of 29
We always got to open ONE present the night before.

We still do. The next morning was our big morning with all the presents then off to my aunts house for linner and more presents and family and friends.

My aunt passed, so holidays are much more subdued now, but still special.

I do miss her, though.

And LOL @ a box of icecream! that's a great tradition.
post #21 of 29
Our big family Christmas was always on Christmas Eve. Still is. We've always had Dad's Oyster Stew and now my sister always makes a turkey with all the trimmings to go with the Oyster Stew. Then we exchange presents.

Santa used to come every year even when we were grown, up until my sister's now hubby and his boys started coming over. He never did Santa and didn't want Santa to bring his kids anything. The first year, though, the youngest asked Dad if he still believed in Santa after Dad opened a gift from Santa. Dad looked at him, all of 5 years old, and told him completely matter of factly, "As long as he brings me presents, I will believe in Santa!"

Christmas Day used to be for opening gifts from extended family who had mailed them to us. Now it's the day for me and Earl to exchange our presents, have a nice Christmas Dinner, and watch A Christmas Story about 5 times.
post #22 of 29
I was lucky in that both sets of grandparents lived close, so Christmas Eve was with Dad's side of the family (including his brother's family) and Christmas Day was with Mom's side of the family. Both celebrations included a big meal and opening presents.

These days my niece and nephew want to be home with their families on Christmas morning and so we (sis and bro-in-law and me and Mom) are on our own. We just found out my niece's schedules and they will be coming down for New Year's and that's when we will have Christmas.
post #23 of 29
When my grandma was still around we would open her presents to us on Christmas Eve. Now my brothers and I open one present right before we go to bed.
post #24 of 29
Thread Starter 
My kids get to open ONE gift on Christmas Eve and that's it!! The rest are saved for Christmas morning.
I let them pick out one from a choice of three and they have to be happy with the one they open.........cause they can't open any more til the morning.
post #25 of 29
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Originally Posted by crittermom View Post
gifts on Christmas Eve? We have done that since I was a kid and now I do it with my own kids.I give them a choice of 3 gifts and they can pick ONLY one to open.
No sorry,I never have done..I have always waited till xmas day.

But that is a lovely tradition that you have...after all...the three wise men set off with their gifts before baby Jesus was born
post #26 of 29
I always opened from non family and non immediate family...
post #27 of 29
In Finland it's the custom to celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve, not on Christmas day. Santa comes to give all gifts on Chrismas Eve, most likely, because it's convenient for him to start his round close to home (I assure you he lives in Lapland on a mountain called Korvatunturi, not on the North Pole, or has anyone ever seen a reindeer grazing on the North Pole? )
post #28 of 29
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Originally Posted by Ryn View Post
In Finland it's the custom to celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve, not on Christmas day. Santa comes to give all gifts on Chrismas Eve, most likely, because it's convenient for him to start his round close to home (I assure you he lives in Lapland on a mountain called Korvatunturi, not on the North Pole, or has anyone ever seen a reindeer grazing on the North Pole? )
I've never seen a reindeer...........let alone at the north pole

You are right though He does live near you!!

You lucky lucky people ......getting your pressies before all of us Thats just.........NOT FAIR !!!!
post #29 of 29
we always open one and others from my siblings and their familys ! But one year we opend all of them on Christmas eve and that was before my oldest brother had his own family..i was soo little but I opening them on Christmas eve rather than christmas day for some reason! So I am trying to get my mom to do it this year because she doesnt have to get up early and cook on christmas morning and my brother is going to sell flowers with his one friend and his MIL to make money and he has to get up at 8 so I dont see a point that every one has too lol !! u dont have to get up early and also bring all the gifts down we cant put any under the tree cause of the dogs and clean up on christmas eve and christmas day ! And it doesnt help that I know most of the things I got that I shouldn't big brothers are great when they are nebby and trying to find out what they got hahaha so I wanna be able to mess around with it before I have to go to my grandma's !!
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