Christmas Traditions: How Does Your Family Open Presents?

Christmas is finally here! 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 kids a little more patience and appreciation for their 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 kids. 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 the kids sit on our bed and open them. This is really just a sneaky way of letting mommy and daddy relax in bed for a few extra minutes, because you know that kids don’t sleep in on Christmas!

Then our family reads the Christmas story from the Bible, 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.  The only downside, is that we have to make sure that each kid has the same number of presents, otherwise there is going to be some serious sibling jealousy going on.

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 recognized and appreciated?

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