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When do you open your presents?

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Minidoghugs Sat 07-Oct-17 10:54:10

I do a stocking as mentioned on the Santa thread. Dd used to wake really early for that and we have always got up early anyway to let the dog out. Then we open presents after breakfast. So all the present opening is done pretty early.
I have a family member who does the stocking but makes her dc wait till after dinner, for main presents which seems ages, but I guess it spreads out the fun a bit.

YellowMakesMeSmile Sat 07-Oct-17 11:04:56

We open first thing and breakfast is treat food as we go. Then we cook whilst new things are played with.

I have friends that grew up with the whole opening after lunch who hated it so haven't repeated with their own children.

RaindropsAndSparkles Sat 07-Oct-17 11:08:04

Stockings when they wake. Presents after mass with smoked salmon and champagne. We also fit in DS's birthdays presents at 6pm shock

Hedgyhoggy Sat 07-Oct-17 11:48:38

As soon as everyone is awake. Don't know how waiting til after lunch fits in with the excitement created by wondering if Santa has come yet and I wonder what he's brought us? However, I'm not very restrained. Do what suits you there is no wrong or right way. Though I do have a friend who thinks not to wait is common as is calling Santa, 'Santa' 🙄 Bah humbug to her

dementedpixie Sat 07-Oct-17 11:50:19

stockings first thing upstairs. Presents after we go downstairs with breakfast after

overnightangel Sat 07-Oct-17 11:53:03

Generally wait to December 25th !
(Sorry, got zero sorted for Christmas yet this year)

Whisky2014 Sat 07-Oct-17 11:54:53

After our lunch.

Whisky2014 Sat 07-Oct-17 11:55:41

Oh but we are all adults. No kids yet. When I was a kid it was straight after we woke up.

dementedpixie Sat 07-Oct-17 11:56:36

I don't understand people who wait until after lunch/ dinner and just leave them sitting unopened for hours. We don't have the main Christmas dinner until 5/6pm so it'd be a long time to wait

mintbiscuit Sat 07-Oct-17 11:58:29

Santa presents as soon as awake. All other presents after lunch.

Bornfreebutinbiscuits Sat 07-Oct-17 11:59:13

I'm with hedgey. The dc race down stairs and open all. I hold back some gifts from us to open in between courses in the meal to stretch it out

Bornfreebutinbiscuits Sat 07-Oct-17 12:00:44

Demented it's very restrained isn't it. Very victoriana.. The dc racing down stairs then a sharp, no children sit and look at them, no touching for five hours. Sit and be thankful.

gillybeanz Sat 07-Oct-17 12:01:37

Get up, quick brekky then open pressies.
When dc were little we'd open before breakfast as they used to see if He'd been grin You can't then say leave them until after breakfast.
Always used to leave main present in another room, under the second tree and say FC must have left it in the wrong room grin They opened this after dinner.

PressPaws Sat 07-Oct-17 12:03:33

All Santa presents in the morning. They have family presents through the day, which spreads out the fun.

Bumbumtaloo Sat 07-Oct-17 12:04:10

As soon as we get up. We leave their stockings at the end of their beds but they literally grab it and come running into the living room. I’m generally up thanks to insomnia so as soon as I hear one of them I wake DH.

When DH was little they had stockings as soon as they woke and had to wait until after dinner for the other presents. When I was younger we had everything as I woke and we have just gone with how my family did it.

Blackandpurple Sat 07-Oct-17 13:05:05

Stockings and presents when all are up!

lostlalaloopsy Sat 07-Oct-17 13:35:31

As soon as we're up!! It's a bit of a free for all tbh. I'd like them to open all Santa gifts first, have breakfast and then come back to open family gifts under the tree. I doubt this idea will catch on in this house!!

Ginslinger Sat 07-Oct-17 13:37:21

stockings when people wake up and then presents after lunch - there's enough in stockings from Santa to keep small children happy until after lunch

peachy94 Sat 07-Oct-17 13:37:56

First thing grin we always did growing up before church so we could brag to the other kids about what we'd got we used to go to my grandmas on Boxing Day so that spread them out abit. Last year DS (3.5) spent most of the day pottering through them opening some things and playing with them then moving onto more think this year may be more of a rip them all open in one go affair though then the rest of the day will be spent building all his Lego and trying to stop DD eating it

Austentatious Sat 07-Oct-17 13:38:04

Mine like to eke out their gifts and save them😂 It can take a week to open them all! At least they play with everything as it is opened. Stockings demolished within half an hour upstairs first though. They're not that odd.

Oly5 Sat 07-Oct-17 13:39:03

First thing, why would I want to make my kids wait?
We have bacon sandwiches in the middle

mrsRosaPimento Sat 07-Oct-17 13:39:41

Stocking presents for dcs in the morning. Grown ups cook huge turkey dinner in the morning. Presents after turkey lunch. I'd miss the dcs opening their presents otherwise.

mrsRosaPimento Sat 07-Oct-17 13:42:13

We don't get any presents from extended family or grandparents as we're no contact on both sides. So the dcs get a smaller pile than most.

ClashCityRocker Sat 07-Oct-17 13:48:43

Always used to be stockings as soon as we woke up as kids - even if it was half four in the morning! The plan was that they would keep us occupied until a more civilised hour - we were forbidden to wake up mum and dad until 7pm.

Then downstairs to see the tree presents. We would then, cruelly, be made to get washed, dressed in our Christmas day outfits and have breakfast before the opening began.

Mum used to insist on a full English for everyone! God knows why as we would have Christmas lunch mid afternoon.

As an adult we open them in our dressing gowns first thing after a cigarette and coffee!

MrsPworkingmummy Sat 07-Oct-17 13:57:41

When DD, DH and I wake up, we go into the lounge and watch DD open her presents. DH and I then open ours. We have breakfast, then begin to prepare lunch - TV and toy playing happen throughout the day. Various family members visit from lunchtime so we open those presents as and when people arrive x

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