My kids weren't the most perfectly polite yesterday, I guess, but they tried.
We went to my FIL and SMIL's Christmas craptacular yesterday. You have to understand that FIL is a control freak, a bore, and just not much fun to spend time with. We do not really exchange gifts because SMIL wants to "keep things simple," though she ends up making things as complicated as they can possibly be. They do get a few gifts for the kids, and in previous years the kids have opened their gifts while we're there. So, my kids discovered pretty quickly that they had a couple of gifts under the tree and privately asked me when we were going to open gifts. FIL and SMIL never mentioned them. We'd been there for nearly 3 hours when BIL mentioned offhand, "Oh, yeah, Dad got the kids some gifts. But he doesn't want them to open them until Christmas morning."
My kids didn't say much, but sorry...DD is only 7. DS is 11 and has Asperger's, so it's not always easy for him to keep perspective. They had both been playing in the other room anyway, and they both went back to playing, but DD was sort of sniffling.
BIL picked up on that and said, "Come on, Dad, the kids kind of want to open their presents."
FIL kind of huffed, "Well, fine, if they're going to pout about it."
BIL, bless him, said, "They're not pouting about it. But they weren't expecting to have to wait."
FIL huffed some more and said, "OK, fine. Go open your presents, kids."
And with that happy fanfare, they picked up their gifts. DD got two and DS got one, and they opened them to find...cheap little pink gift soaps from the dollar store for each of them, plus a plastic change purse for DD.
Really, they were both just gobsmacked. Blank looks from each, and DS checks the tag on his to make sure he doesnt have the wrong gift. He doesn't.
I leaned in and whispered, "This is the part where you say thank you." And they did, but honestly I felt bad for them. It was asking a lot for thm to be gracious.