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When Should You Open Christmas Presents?

When Should You Open Christmas Presents?

By Dan_Bergstein

Modern Christmas traditions combine about 8 billion sources, from ancient religious practices to huge Roman parties that celebrated the solstice. Over the years, these traditions have mingled and merged, which means today’s Christmas is not only about the birth of Jesus, but about sticking trees in your house. It’s also about presents.

When it comes to gift-giving, some folks like to exchange presents on Christmas Eve, and some folks prefer to do it on Christmas Day. Who’s doing it the right way, and who’s making a fool of themselves and their family? Below, we look at the various gift opening times to find out once and for all what is the best time to open Christmas presents.

Christmas Eve
Pros:
You get presents at least 12 hours ahead of the others kids, which means you can beat Call of Duty: Black Ops and become a multi-player expert while your friend Joey is sleeping and thinking about sugar plums. The next day, you can easily kill him for hours and hours as he cries, “How do I aim?”

Cons:
Christmas Eve is frantic enough without having to party with family members. Plus, now there’s nothing to look forward to on Christmas morning besides eating Cinnamon Toast Crunch and watching the nervous fill-in reporters on the local news—which can actually be highly entertaining.

Christmas Day

Pros:
You can still believe in Santa. Plus it feels Christmasy, and it’s a great incentive to actually wake up before 1 p.m. during your winter break. Besides, ripping paper feels better when you’re wearing pajama pants.

Cons:
You have to wake up early, which means you and your family will be groggy, which means you may fight over stupid things such as, “Who put the scissors in the wrong drawer?” and, “Why did you buy me pants that I’ll never wear? Is it because you hate me?”

December 26th (Boxing Day)
Pros:
You can instantly return unwanted gifts, as all the stores will be open for business. And if you have multiple families to celebrate with and several parties to attend this week, why not spread the joy of presents over to the next day? There’s no need to cram it all in one 24-hour period. It’s not like watching fireworks on the 5th of July…which is 100% wrong.

Cons:
Your friends will hate you because you have a bonus Christmas Day. You also miss out on After Christmas sales, which means if you want 50% off of a pack of reindeer napkins, you’re out of luck, sucker. Hope you enjoy paying the full price of $1.99 for those same napkins next year, sucker.

New Year's Eve

Pros:
You will save big money on wrapping paper, festive bows for your gifts, and reindeer napkins.

Cons:
It’s kind of sad.

Labor Day
Pros:
You and your family are cool nonconformists who march to the beat of their own drum. You make life more interesting. Shine on, you crazy diamond.

Cons:
We are all making fun of you right now. All of us. We drew pictures and everything.

So when is the right time to open Christmas presents? The answer is Christmas Day. If you do it on any other day, you are the Captain of the Wrong Boat. Wanna fight about it?

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Topics: Life
Tags: holidays, christmas, presents, traditions, holiday 2010, christmas eve

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