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My family growing up had one tradition that I have tried to continue, which is getting to open one present on Christmas Eve. The package always contained new pajamas. I'm trying to continue the Christmas pajamas tradition but DH thinks it's silly. And getting pjs isn't nearly as exciting for the kids when they get all kinds of gifts from their aunts and uncles anyway.
So, what do you do with your familyís presents? Put them under the tree immediately, or not until Christmas Eve/morning? Did your family do this growing up or not? Do you think itís an etiquette faux pas to do so as my mother felt it was?
Heck, I keep some empty, wrapped boxes under my tree to boast the appearance! Your Mom would think I'm horrible!
Ours go under the tree. It's killing me that I haven't had time to wrap them yet so it looks bare! Of course I'm the mom who likes to torture her kids. No names on their presents. Last year I used 3 different christmas stickers to identify each child. This year I'll write "Jingle," "Bell" or "Rock" on each present. It drives my kids nuts because they love to shake. Of course I was an expert at peeling tape and peeking as a child so this is my solution.
At the moment we keep 'seasonal' soft toys sitting under the tree so it doesnt look bare. These are soft reindeers, santas, dogs with santa hats on, snowmen etc. The jack russels are not really interested in them as they only like golf balls and stuff to eat.
As for having it spoil the surprise - my mother was always the master of messing with your perceptions. She'd take a tiny pair of earring, and wrap them in a refrigerator box fill with crumpled newspaper. Or she take an object, wrap towel around it into a ball, then wrap it like an enormous hard-candy. Or she'd take something very large, leave it in another room, and put a teeny picture of it in a teeny box, and wrap that.When friends would come over, the odd assortment of shapes and sizes was the source of much awe, and much futile guessing. She always had a blast doing it.
We always put our presents under the tree as soon as we've got them wrapped. I think it looks pretty and festive, and rather than "hampering" the surprise, it helps increase the anticipation. I can't imagine the faux pas in putting presents under the tree.
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