Since doing blogmas I have been researching into the many different traditions that happen around the world with regards to when to give presents. I love that there are so many different ways to celebrate Christmas, and I do feel that perhaps it can be very easy to always do the same thing. In many North European countries (such as Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Austria and many more), Christmas Eve is the day for giving presents rather than the 25th. So this year, Mr N and I have been talking about whether to have presents on Christmas Eve either instead of, or as well as, on Christmas Day.
The difficulty we are having is that Santa Claus comes on Christmas Eve and the children know this. So we are considering doing a Christmas Eve present exchange with gifts from us. Then on Christmas morning the presents and stocking from Santa would be under the tree. Hopefully this would continue the magic, but would give the children longer to play with their presents.
On Christmas Day we have the morning at home, but by about 11am we are up and in the car heading to family. I love the fact we have a change of scene and it keeps the children a little calmer having an hour’s car ride. We then celebrate Christmas with my family, and the following day with Mr N’s family. It’s a fantastic time of year and I adore the fact that, over the two days, we get to see our whole family. However, it does mean that once presents are opened on Christmas morning, the children don’t then have chance to play with them until the 27th. Opening some presents on Christmas Eve would give us all a chance to play together without any time pressures or places to go.
What is your take on giving presents? Do you wait until Christmas Day or do you do a Christmas Eve present exchange? We’d love to know!