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Barbara
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Speaking of cats and bows, from Christmas 2004, here's Ashes, with Buster and Irene in the background.
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Little Pink Pill
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In the afternoon of the 24th, as is the Swedish tradition.

That's the German tradition, too.
And the Hungarian, along with fish for dinner.
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Originally posted by Jenn:
On Christmas morning we could open our stockings when we got up, but we often took the stockings into Mom and Dad's room and opened them on the bed where Dad was being stubborn about getting up.

We always opened stockings on my parents' bed, too, and the first year I was married I tried to convince my husband to join in the fun. We all sat down on the bed and looked around quietly for a moment before someone said, "my, isn't this awkward!"

We do the living room thing now.

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Bashful
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We're still working on our own family traditions, and we're lucky that our daughter is still young/pliable/mouldable etc at 3.

This is the first year she's been old enough for the memories to really gel, so we tried especially hard to come up with some family trads. We have the decorations up all December (basically from the first Sunday of Advent), gifts go into individuals sacks, and on Christmas morning, we can choose one gift each to open before breakfast and church. Other gifts get opened after we get home, and on Monday, we were still opening the last couple at about 7pm because we stopped for cooking and lunch etc.

Worked well for us; hope that next year will be just as civilised as we try to keep our kids from the clutches of "The Man" and the materialism which is perpetuated by the dominant paradigm....

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Monza305
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When I was growing up, my parents wouldn't even put any gifts out until we fell asleep on Xmas eve. We couldn't open anything until we woke our parents up, and we were not allowed to wake them up until 6 AM. I tried to talk them into opening one gift on Xmas eve, but they wouldn't buy it.

In my house now, one gift is opened on Xmas eve. Then the rest are opened after Ma & I wake up in the morning. This Xmas it was 5:30 when the youngin woke up. That was actually the first time my 7 year old didn't have to be woken up for Xmas, so we let it slide.

When we have company over on Xmas eve, then the gifts we exchange are opened, instead of one from the Santa stash.

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Lainie
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Originally posted by Monza305:
When I was growing up, my parents wouldn't even put any gifts out until we fell asleep on Xmas eve. We couldn't open anything until we woke our parents up, and we were not allowed to wake them up until 6 AM. I tried to talk them into opening one gift on Xmas eve, but they wouldn't buy it.

A former co-worker and his wife went even further. The kids had to make their beds, get dressed, sit down and eat a full breakfast, help clear the table, and brush their teeth before they could open presents. The parents would also check the kids' rooms to make sure they were tidy -- if they weren't, they had to be cleaned before presents could be opened.

I was never sure if they were trying to teach the kids about responsibility and delayed gratification, or if they just liked working them up into a fever pitch of anticipation.

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Xia
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Oh I forgot something. When I was a kid, us kids were not allowed in the living room (where the gifts were) until we woke our parents up. The gifts from other family members would have been under the tree for at least a few days, but the "Santa" gifts (and the stocking stuffers) didn't appear until after we went to bed Xmas eve, so it was also a big surprise when we all went into the living room together and saw everything there!

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Monza305
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Originally posted by Lainie:
A former co-worker and his wife went even further. The kids had to make their beds, get dressed, sit down and eat a full breakfast, help clear the table, and brush their teeth before they could open presents. The parents would also check the kids' rooms to make sure they were tidy -- if they weren't, they had to be cleaned before presents could be opened.

I was never sure if they were trying to teach the kids about responsibility and delayed gratification, or if they just liked working them up into a fever pitch of anticipation.

That's just sadistic!

My parents didn't put out gifts just because they flat out didn't trust us. They didn't give us enough credit, they figured we would peek, or open them before Xmas.
As a parent, I can understand the wait until 6 thing. A few years ago, our teenager actually tried to wake us up at 2 in the morning! That, obviously, didn't work.

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Jay Temple
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The tradition when we lived in Massachusetts was to get together with the rest of my mom's family the night of Christmas Eve and open presents from them, then everything else on Christmas morning. (So I'm told.) We moved to Missouri when I was four. The first year, we went back for Christmas. After that, we essentially duplicated what we'd done before. The first year, I misunderstood and started opening the out-of-state gifts the morning of Christmas Eve.

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