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The Tenth Poll of Christmas: Opening Presents! 
11th-Dec-2010 01:59 pm
Homer Xmas


Poll #1655816 Opening Presents

When do you open up your Christmas presents?

Christmas morning
27(37.5%)
Christmas eve
9(12.5%)
One present on Christmas eve, the rest on Christmas morning
15(20.8%)
The Christmas stocking on Christmas eve and the presents under the tree on Christmas morning
0(0.0%)
Some on Christmas eve and the rest on Christmas morning
1(1.4%)
One side of the family on Christmas eve and the other on Christmas morning
2(2.8%)
I don't celebrate Christmas so I don't have any presents to open
3(4.2%)
Whenever I feel like it
2(2.8%)
Some other time not included in these options (tell us when)
6(8.3%)
Something else (what?)
7(9.7%)

Do you put up a Christmas stocking?

Yes
39(54.2%)
No
27(37.5%)
Something else (what?)
6(8.3%)

When do you get to open up the Christmas stocking?

The same time as the presents
38(52.8%)
The night (or day) before I open my presents
0(0.0%)
The stocking is just decorative, it doesn't have any presents inside
1(1.4%)
I don't put up a Christmas stocking
25(34.7%)
Something else (what?)
8(11.1%)

Who gives you presents?

My parent or parents
60(19.7%)
My grandparents
24(7.9%)
My siblings
42(13.8%)
My uncle(s) or aunt(s)
23(7.5%)
My husband or wife
14(4.6%)
My boyfriend or girlfriend
21(6.9%)
My ex
0(0.0%)
My child or children
9(3.0%)
My best friend
33(10.8%)
Other friends
26(8.5%)
A neightbour or neighbours
2(0.7%)
My customers or clients
6(2.0%)
My students
2(0.7%)
My co-workers
10(3.3%)
A secret Santa at work
7(2.3%)
Why Santa Claus of course!
13(4.3%)
Mr. Hankey
2(0.7%)
Someone else not included on this list (tell us who)
9(3.0%)
Nobody :(
2(0.7%)

The worst Christmas present I ever received was ________________

The best Christmas present I ever received was ___________________________

Comments 
11th-Dec-2010 10:09 pm (UTC)
My cats have stockings (with their names on them)... and I don't. /catlady
11th-Dec-2010 10:12 pm (UTC)
We put up a stocking for our dog Abby :)
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12th-Dec-2010 06:08 pm (UTC)
aww that's precious : D i'm going to visit my family so i won't see my kitty friends on christmas :( /catboy
11th-Dec-2010 10:11 pm (UTC)
1. When do I open: my s.o. and I will open our presents on the night of the 23rd. The next day I fly home and will have Christmas with some of my siblings. They always open their presents on Christmas eve.

2. I should have included myself in the question of who gives me presents. If I buy something for myself around Christmas that I won't get to use before (like a book or a DVD), I'll wrap it and put it under the tree because my s.o. gets more gifts than I do, so when we open presents we can alternate.

Also, we have a tradition that on the tag on the gift, we always write that it's "from" a famous person. For example, under our tree right now are gifts from Betty White, Barack Obama, Katy Perry, Prince William, Tom Brady and Jane Lynch.
11th-Dec-2010 10:14 pm (UTC)
I LOVE the famous person tradition. That might have to start happening at our house.
12th-Dec-2010 11:23 am (UTC)
Oh, that famous person thing is so cute! I wish I'd thought of that. Perhaps I'll do that this year with my family.

Edited at 2010-12-12 11:24 am (UTC)
12th-Dec-2010 04:36 pm (UTC)
Some of our gifts under the tree are from each of the two cats. I also put some gifts from my daughter's favourite stuffed animals on the tags too. She knows it was me now that she's 8 and not so gullible but it's still fun.
11th-Dec-2010 10:13 pm (UTC)
When I was little, we would travel about 3 hours to a huge family get-together on Christmas Eve and we would exchange presents then with family. We would stay over at my grandparents and open presents with them in the morning. The rest of the day would involve eating and opening presents with other relatives that were not at the Christmas Eve gathering.

Santa would come sometime when we got home... on the way back to the North Pole (hey, bet you didn't know he goes on vacation right after he finishes delivering presents!) sometimes as late as New Years Eve morning.
11th-Dec-2010 10:21 pm (UTC)
My SO's parent also gives me presents.
11th-Dec-2010 10:42 pm (UTC)
The present we (all the cousins) get to open on Christmas Eve is always pajamas. This used to be nice, but I'm 22 now, and I think it's getting a liiittle juvenile. But whatever, I need pajama pants.
12th-Dec-2010 11:17 am (UTC)
We've been doing the pajamas-on-Christmas-Eve thing too, for as long as I can remember. I'm 25, but hey, I can't complain -- I've never bought pajamas in my life.
12th-Dec-2010 11:25 am (UTC)
My mother used to get me and my siblings new pajamas for our Christmas Eve present also. Now I still do this for my kids even though they are 21 & 25 now. :-) I also usually buy something for my husband. He doesn't wear pajamas, but he likes to lounge around in gym shorts, so I buy him new ones. Sometimes I get myself some new sweatpants, too. But the kids always get new pajamas.
12th-Dec-2010 06:25 pm (UTC)
we do the pajamas on xmas eve thing too, but this year i think we (my brother and I) are each getting some other night time sleeping gift because we have so many pajamas we dont need anymore.
11th-Dec-2010 11:04 pm (UTC)
I open the presents from my parents first, then my parents open their presents, then we go around in a circle for our stockings.
11th-Dec-2010 11:22 pm (UTC)
We open presents from each other/family members/friends on Christmas Eve, and then overnight Santa comes and delivers presents from him, which we get on Christmas morning. Stockings are filled by Santa, so we get those on Christmas morning.
12th-Dec-2010 02:30 am (UTC)
I also now get presents from my son's girlfriend. I couldn't find a category for her up there. I'm fairly new to celebrating Christmas. I am Jewish, but my SO is Christian so we do both holidays. Since the kids are in college now, we end up doing pretty much all the presents on Christmas because Hanukkah is very erratic for scheduling. We still do the candles, the prayers and - of course - the latkes.
12th-Dec-2010 02:37 am (UTC)
I fly overseas each Xmas to the SO's parents house so I open those presents on Xmas morning and open any I receive here in the states whenever they arrive or are given.
12th-Dec-2010 11:22 am (UTC)
We have stockings for ourselves and our cats. We open them first thing in the morning--before presents, before breakfast.

I get Christmas presents from my husband and children. As time has gone on, gift exchanges with extended family has mostly died out. I still get presents for my parents and sometimes they send us gifts, but other times they don't.

ETA: When my children were much younger and my husband's parents were alive, we would sometimes have what we called a "pretend Christmas." If we were spending Christmas with my husband's family, we'd do this with my family--meet either a few weeks before or after Christmas and do the whole Christmas thing--with a little less stress. We'd have some sort of a meal or go to a restaurant and then open presents together.

If we weren't going to anyone else's house for Christmas, we'd set aside a day to do this with my husband's family, too, except it wouldn't be his whole family--usually just his mother, stepfather, stepsister and her family, and sometimes my husband's siblings. My husband's stepsister is the only other one (of our generation) with kids, so that's why we'd sometimes do it with them--so the cousins could play and spend the day together.

I loved the pretend Christmases, because it took a lot of the stress off that one day--trying to see everyone all at once or attending the large family gatherings. On my husband's side, they always have lots of uncles, aunts, cousins, second cousins, grandparents, etc., for dinner. That can be nice, too, but so many people all at once. I like spreading it out a little and avoiding the large gatherings.

Now, though, we live away and our kids are grown and my husband's mother is gone. His family has a large family-reunion sort of Christmas party every year. I've only been to one and it was before we were married (so more than 30 years ago).

Edited at 2010-12-12 11:32 am (UTC)
12th-Dec-2010 02:11 pm (UTC)
when i was younger and everyone lived in the same house, my sister and i would be allowed to wake up and open up our stockings first. then we had to wait til my mom was up for the rest of them.
12th-Dec-2010 06:12 pm (UTC)
What usually happens in my family is that the most enthusiastic people (always including me xD) run out absurdly early in the morning and open our stockings and then we wait til the less enthusiastic people are awake and ready before we open the presents under the tree : D Our stockings don't hang though cause they're really big. They sit in a line on the couch. I love Christmas.
13th-Dec-2010 01:00 pm (UTC)
We do you one better with tags.
The name of the giver must some how relate to the gift - If it is a cookbook the tag might read from Emeril.
Failing that all tags must have a common theme.
Since we all live at a distance from each other and do not exchange gifts during the year it is the custom to have multiple small gifts,

One year at our Christmas Eve party a neighbor became totally involved with trying to guess the present from the name on the tag. We had to open all the presents from that person to satisfy our neighbor's curiosity.
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