Christmas is not about gifts. I love my friends and family but I don't get gifts for anyone. I may get gifts throughout the year randomly but not on holidays. and people know that but some insist on getting me something and I'm always polite and open it in front of them so I can show them that I like and appreciate the gesture:) but seriously, all of you, don't get me any gifts! I'm not the grinch; I just don't think holidays are about presents, that's all:)
When I was a kid we always went to midnight mass on Christmas eve and opened one present before bed, then the rest on Christmas morning. This year my mom sister and I spent Christmas eve together and opened presents before bed. I spent the morning with my boyfriend and opened presents with him. :) then we spent the morning with his family and afternoon with mine. What did you get and give?
Christmas Eve with my Grandma on my dad's side, Christmas morning with my parents and brothers, Christmas day with my Grandpa and step-Grandma on my mom's side, and Christmas night with my Mom's mom. Gotta keep all the grandparents apart. :/
9th December. I'm Australian but have Ukrainian heritage so in our house we follow the Ukrainian religious calendar. Ukrainian Catholics have their gift-giving on the Feast Day of St. Nicholas (9th Dec) and then have Christmas Day as a day of soley focusing on Christ, this falls on January 7th.
When I was younger, it was early Christmas morning and some presents opened on Christmas Eve at my grandma's when she was still alive. Now that I'm older, it's whenever when I and my family wake up. Still the morning. Like today, it was at 10am.
When I was a kid we would go either the 5 clock mass or the midnight mass. My parents would switch it up. Whether we went to 5 clock mass or midnight mass, Santa would come to the house while we were at church, so whenever mass was done was the time we would open presents. As time went on, and only half the people in my immediate family would attend church, we started opening them around 9-10 pm on Christmas Eve. This year, my little sister was leaving for Chicago at around 5 so we ended up opening them around 4 PM on Christmas Eve which is the earliest I had ever opened them. I have never opened Christmas presents during Christmas morning (when the sun is up)