my ds is 5 and like chuckeyegg it's the first year he has shown any understanding of what is happening. i keep all the pressents under the tree and let him stop and start as he wants. you have to do it the way that suits you and your ds, not family members if they dont like it tough. we did that last year, went by what family wanted and it was very stressful for ds and therefore me.
Have already started the pressies, and will continue until probably new year! family has been trained to understand, (altho we do choose which pressie for each day, to accomodate when we will see people...) He will get 3 or 4 tomorrow, but play it by ear is the best option I think
ds has just started to get a little bit of christmas, (opening things, lights on tree, sweets in calender etc etc.) hopefully nest year will be even more....
Interesting thread. I was saying to dh just last week that Christmas would work better if the children open just one present a day, then they have the whole day to play with it and appreciate it, as well as give us half a chance to remember who it was from!
Otherwise, money just disappears without regard of understanding. Open one, then the next, then the next, then the next. The saturation of the day means that no presents are enjoyed particularly, and they aren't cheap.
So I think we'll just do one every hour or so and take the whole Christmas holidays if we have to. I think they'll all arrive under the tree (Father Christmas delivers them all, even from family) then we'll take it slow.
DNiece and Nephew will be opening their presents from DP and me on Monday morning - I have to work tomorrow and Sunday, so won't see them until then. DNiece doesn't really "get" presents either, so it won't bother her, and DNephew will, I hope, just be pleased to see me...
(OTOH, we have just got in from visiting them and picked up my pressie from DSis on the way home (bought on ebay). I'm sooooooo excited, I don't want to wait til Monday )