Christmas Day, of course. They're called Christmas presents, not Christmas Eve presents.
Christmas Day :) Happy holidays from Toronto!Karen
When the kids wake up on Christmas morning - you think you can hold them back? Huh.Love and Best Wishes from a Bloody Hot South.Suezboo
Suez, it's hot here too. Well, it's 40F. And no snow. That's hot. :)Best wishes to all of you. :)
I hadn't really thought about this because nowadays I accommodate other people's traditions, but when I was a child it was Christmas Eve.That was the intimate time with only our family. Presents were few and thoughtful and opened by candlelight. They were things we didn't even know we wanted, but always exactly right. We expected new pajamas and a book because it was a quiet night.Christmas morning was different. It was for that one thing we asked for from Santa and treats in our stocking and then church--often before daylight. The rest of the day was for visiting friends and family. We went from house to house, sometimes missing an aunt or two because they were also out visiting. So we'd just come back later or leave a message because the doors were never locked.I remember being excited about presents, but it was the visiting I loved the most.
We got to open one present of our choice on Christmas eve, if we wanted.Christmas morning, you could open your stocking as soon as you woke up, but no presents could be opened until after everyone had had breakfast.
Both. We open presents between SO and I on Christmas Eve, and then we go to a larger family celebration where we open more presents. Then we open presents with the other side of his family on Christmas Day (a couple of times). We open presents with my family on New Years Eve.- lizzie
Christmas Eve in Winona with the in-laws and then Christmas morning in St. Paul with Mom and Cy. We do Christmas at the grandparents because I do a huge Thanksgiving at my house. I prefer the cooking/family focus of Thanksgiving to the consumerism of Christmas, so we keep it low key around the house and let the Grandparents go crazy for the kids.
Typically Christmas Day. But my SO and I have typically not been in the same place then, so we open our presents on the last night we're together. This year we went to my dad's for Christmas about 8 on Christmas Eve, so we opened our presents to each other before we went.
Christmas Eve has always been our immediate family's gift time. Always after dinner and church, though (or church and dinner--- the order varies). I still remember the excruciating task of bringing all of the dishes, remaining lefse, and every last lutefisk bone into the kitchen before sitting down in front of the tree. Agh! The agony.And Christmas Day was always visiting the grandparents' houses, exchanging gifts (and germs) with cousins and extended family, and riding snowmobiles across fields and frozen lakes. And sometimes a little skating or ice fishing thrown in for good measure.We still abide by this tradition, though this year was an exception and it was swapped; extended family was C.Eve and immediate the following morning. I protested and lost. But I guess it was still Christmas...
We give so many small gifts — toothpaste, vitamins, etc. — along with the rest, and take so long opening and admiring and discussing and reminiscing, that we open gifts for about a week. Something as small as a set of wax lips can keep us occupied for an hour. Any excuse to prolong the too-rare togetherness. Happy holidays from the Twin Cities!
Christmas Day. Used to open one each on Christmas Eve, but since we've had kids, we are too busy being Santa and assembling, that we've given that up for the moment. Hubby used to do Christmas Eve, but his Mom is French Canadian, and that's their tradition (the whole Revillion thing - bad spelling, I'm sure)
Traditionally, we open our presents on Christmas morning yet as the years went by, we decided to make the New Year's Day our family reunion so now we open our presents on New Year's Day. Happy New Year!