It always happens about December 23rd, every year.
My family begins to get impatient and starts to lose control of themselves and everyone wants to open their Christmas presents! Early.
Come on people it’s only 2 more days! Self-control!
Maybe the problem lies in wrapping the gifts and placing them under the tree weeks before Christmas Day. That’s how Alan’s family does the Christmas gift gig. They wrap their presents and place them under the tree to be taunted and teased for weeks on end until they can’t stand it anymore. They finally cave to the present pressure and open gifts randomly and then finally finish up on Christmas Eve. Can you blame them? It is like placing tables of scrumptious food before dieters. People only have so much will power!
When I was a kid there were no presents under the tree until Santa came on Christmas Eve when we were fast asleep. While visions of sugar plums danced in our little heads, Mr. & Mrs. Santa brought out all the presents and piled them up for our viewing and opening pleasure on Christmas Morning. The way it should be.
Yes, I am sure this is the better way. No temptations for weeks on end to tear the corners of the package or trying to un-tape edges to see what lies beneath the pretty paper.
Because we have been following in Alan’s family tradition of placing the wrapped presents under our tree since we’ve been married, I have become the Christmas Gift Police. I have been the gift enforcer for 32 years, quoting, “Don’t Open Until Christmas!” It isn’t a fun position but someone has to remind people that Christmas presents are for Christmas Day. (Otherwise they would be called Christmas Eve Presents or Christmas Season Presents.)
So here’s the thing, since I have been doing this tree-gift patrol for 32 years I am certainly no Rookie. But it sure hasn’t gotten any easier with the passing years.
Just tonight Aliesha asked 3 times if she could open one of her presents. Then Alan pipes up,” If your mom had her way we wouldn’t open any of our presents until New Years Day!”