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I usually open them when I wake up on Christmas Day, but I think I'm going to open them at midnight this year.
Stockings just when I wake up, in bed.
After everyone gets up and stuff, we do the present-opening.
Aw, christmas morning :)
That I could only open them after the Queen's Speech. That was ghey.
sneak my stocking into my room as soon as i'd woken up and pull everything out, read the Beano and Dandy annuals that were there (i had a really large stocking) then put everything back, sneak it back into the living room and get back into bed, perfecting the 'i haven't been awake for 2 hours already' look.
wheres the fun in that? i used to get up about 6, then have to wait for everyone in my family to get up before i could open presents, it sucked, i always used to open one anyway. Nowadays my sister has to drag me out of bed so she can open her presents.
and it's even harder to be enthusiastic when you'd rather be wrapped up in bed. I'm thinking getting it done as soon as the clock strikes midnight might make the whole thing slightly less anticlimactic.
just ask for and get money now, though sometimes my parents get me a small gift so I have something to open, but it really doesn't bother me. I'm going to the races on boxing day anyway so money will be useful, not that I'm a gambling addict.
which I used to HATE when I was younger, but it keeps the day exciting for longer. I fully intend on keeping this tradition alive, if only so my children experience the same agony I did at their age...
(pyjamas/dressing gown/slippers) on christmas eve evening.
stocking some time betwen 5 and 8.
under-tree presents at timed intervals (thanks sis!) throughout the day. which always ends in me finishing a few hours earlier than everyone else because nobody gives me presents.
Royal Mail huh! bastards!
When I was younger we would have to wait until midday then open everything and then go and eat the dinner straight after, joy overload!
We all jump out of bed first thing in the morning (we stay over night before now lol) and shout from the bottom of the stairs at our parents to get up, they finally get up and we can all go in together... only i get less and less presents each year COS MY BROTHERS AND SHIT ONLY WENT AND HAD THEIR OWN KIDS INNIT? So the "grandkids" get all the presents and i get old man fart stuff like a bath robe and junk. It's not fair!!!
the fact I generally don't go to bed until around 4 in the morning makes the whole process of going to bed and getting up before I open my presents feel somewhat contrived.
when i'm told too...
not until after church (it's the one day of the year when I'm prepared to go to church for my parents' sake). It used to be UTTER TORTURE when I was little, seeing the presents in the early morning and not being able to touch them until about 11.
first thing on Christmas morning, then all the ones under my treee, which is made up of presents from people I won't see at Christmas and gave me gifts in advance.
The rest of my family come over in the afternoon (got twelve coming this year), we all wait 'til after Christmas dinner to open our presents from each other.
Then the day after boxing day I'm going to Arran with my Dad where we'll have our own little Christmas kind of thing and open each others presents, plus I'll get things from other members of my dad's side and step family then.
It pays to have a large-ish family.
at a reasonable hour. Parents crack open Bucks Fizz and my sister and I open up the stocking presents. Everything then gets tidied, we all get washed etc, have croissants & more Bucks Fizz for breakfast, tidy everything up so there's no dishes to do after the presents. Then, we al get relaxed and my sister and I dive under the tree to distribute presents, and only when everyone has all their things does the opening commence.
However, i'm not excited because i'm at work. I'll be excited at 6pm once i'm out, have driven back to the parents' and watch The Muppet Christmas Carol.#
Happy Christmas everyone
of after mass.
....uh. I kinda answered that in the topic section
which also happens to be my Dad's bday.
I just spoke to my entire family who are doing this right now in Melbourne.
I'm in London at work eating porridge.
your ot spending christmas alone are you?
and hopefully other chumps.
It's just that this is now the 2nd xmas in a row I've missed... and I haven't seen my family for almost three years. Which is quite fucked up.
Anyway I'll be okay! I just got a bit 'blah' picturing the entire scene (which is the exact same each year - chaos with kids everywhere and food and presents and blah blah blah. It's just that RIGHT NOW, it's actually my xmas and I'm at work eating porridge! Oh well.).