Except for the jammies "Santa" brings on Christmas Eve so we'll stay warm, we open everything on Christmas morning, at the same time.
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We do stockings Christmas Eve (before Mass), then the rest of the gifts Christmas morning.
September 2011 Space
We have a birthday party for Jesus after Christmas Eve service at church (5pm) Then the girls open presents after His party. We have cake, read the bible story, and celebrate His birth by opening presents. We visit both sets of grandparents on Christmas day so we do our own thing on Christmas Eve.
Sophia- February 1, 2006
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Daniel- September 19, 2011
Starting the first year we had DD1, Christmas morning is ours. No travelling, no seeing anyone else. So we do stockings first, may or may not have breakfast, and then presents. In the afternoon we either go to my parents (1 hour away) or DH's parents (5 min away). Last year we did christmas day with my family, this year it will be with his, and going to my parents on boxing day.
When we go to my parents we stay the night, but the nice thing about DH's is parents is we have nap at home, and then head over there for dinner and presents. SIL can't get there any sooner, they have 4 kids at home and do breakfast with her inlaws that morning too. And then after dinner when all the nephews are melting down, we go home and are there in 5 minutes!
Stockings are filled tonight for St. Nick so the kids will get that stuff tomorrow morning.
Our presents will be opened on Christmas morning. When all the kids don't believe in Santa anymore we might do Christmas Eve, that's what my parents did and it was nice...especially for them since then they could sleep in on Christmas morning
We have so many Christmases here because we celebrate with different people at different times. But "our" family Christmas at home is done early before Christmas because we will be in Colorado at my Grandma's on Christmas Eve/Christmas Day. We do presents from us one night and Santa and stockings the next morning, but a few days before we head to Colorado. We open presents on Christmas Eve at my Grandma's with that part of the family. Then we usually have a small Christmas with my sister and my cousin when we can all manage to get together (we all live in the same city), and we already had our Christmas with my parents because we went there for Thanksgiving and my Mom didn't want to have to haul all the presents to my Grandma's and then us have to try to fit everything in the car to bring back at once.
We open ours Christmas morning. As a kid, DH was allowed to open stocking stuff when they woke up and I think it was a ploy so his parents could sleep later I always had to wait until after breakfast and because we had our turkey at 2 pm, I also had to wait until the turkey was in the oven.
So far we have been waiting until after breakfast but this is our first Christmas where we have a child who understands the Santa/present aspect so it might be harder to make her wait.
DD1 July 2008 (41w3d)
November 2010 (13 weeks)
DD2 August 2011 (33w5d)