Christmas Eve Rules

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

Do y’all open presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?

Probably the two most important questions that come up for newly married couples are: Do we hang our toilet paper roll over or under? And, Will we open presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?

Well y’all, when Jack and I married we were right-on regarding toilet paper – it definitely has to roll over. Unfortunately, we’re not quite on the same page with opening presents.

My family, who by the way celebrates Christmas THE RIGHT WAY, always opens on Christmas Eve. Our tradition is that Christmas Eve is the night everyone, children & adults, opens gifts from each other. Then the rest of the evening the children get all ready for Santa and his big ride. The kids are just giddy all night telling Santa stories and wondering when he’ll make his great landing at the house, if he will still come in the house if you don’t have a chimney, and if he’s going to eat the cookies that have been left for him.

When Christmas morning finally arrives, usually way too early for the adults, the house becomes total chaos with all the excitement about what Santa left under the tree. There’s simply no way adults could even attempt to open their gifts with all the craziness. Plus, they're exhausted because they stayed up playing cards (it was "Blitz" for my family) until 2:00 a.m. and now they're up with the kids at 5:00 a.m....

Jack’s family, however, is firm that there is NO opening of presents until Christmas Day. Being the good daughter-in-law that I am, I follow along with their traditions. Far be it from me to say anything about HOW WRONG they are. I’m just a good, go with the flow kind-of-girl, and always look forward to trying new things no matter HOW RIDICULOUS they are. I was properly raised and know to never tell anyone that their traditions ARE TOTALLY BACKWARDS. I mean, come on - I love Jack and his family and have nothing but complete respect for them and their traditions, even the ones THAT MAKE NO SENSE.

So, my question to you is – When do you open presents, Eve or Day?

And just for grins, over or under?

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