Spread out the gift-opening to keep Christmas morning manageable
Another holiday hack from Mel, who seems to have the realities of holiday logistics well thought-out:
I know everyone has their own treasured and time-honoured family traditions, but....since we have one young child and an older child who is easily overstimulated (leading to meltdown!), we like to spread out the excitement of Christmas morning a bit. As people bring gifts to our home, we allow the kids to open them. The givers get to enjoy seeing the kids' reactions, the kids get to have enough time to fully appreciate the item, and there's a little less stress on the Big Day.
So smart. We talked about this idea last year around this time as well. It really helps each gift get the attention it deserves.
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