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#1 Funwith3

Posted 23 December 2012 - 02:29 PM

I am loving all the Christmas threads!

So I wondered, what does everyone do on Christmas day, once the big day arrives? Do you have traditions? Do you sleep in, or get up early? Do you have family breakfasts? When do you do presents? How do you do presents? What time do you eat? What do you do during the day in between eating? What do you do that night after the festivities are over? Also, if you are the host (and especially if you have little kids of your own) do you drink during the day? Do you drink to excess given that it's a celebration? Do you enjoy hosting Christmas or do you find it stressful? Do people help you?  wacko.gif

Here's me:
Kids run in and wake us up too early to say that Santa's been.  eexcite.gif  We make coffees immediately, kids tear open their presents. This year I want to do a special pancake breakfast just for DH and our three kids. We all have showers and get ready. I spend the morning getting ready for everyone to arrive (lots of salads, desserts etc to make), setting up the table etc.

Family (both our sets of parents - so just 4 people) arrive around 1pm and we stand around drinking and chatting before sitting down to a roast lunch. I have my mum bringing roast vegies, and MIL bringing the ham. Then we might sit down and do presents.

My family's tradition is that one person (or family) get to give out all of their presents first and watch with delight as their presents are opened. Then the next person (or family) gives out all of their presents, and so on. DH's family tradition is that one person (usually FIL) sits next to the tree and just hands out presents willy nilly, to everyone, so that at any given time everyone has a present that they are opening. I don't like this as I usually miss watching a present that I've put lots of thought into, be opened. I like to watch people's faces when they see their presents (because I pick GOOD presents!!)  wink.gif

Then we just hang around...we keep drinking, we chat. Kids might go outside and play with their new ball, or tennis racket, etc. Then we start thinking about what time we might want to eat dinner, and then my sister and her husband arrive. We do the same thing all over again... we sit down for dinner, and then do their presents.

Usually I just have one or two drinks throughout the day.

They all head off around 9-10pm.

I sit down and have a hard earned cup of tea.  closedeyes.gif

#2 ~THE~MAGICIAN~

Posted 23 December 2012 - 02:38 PM

We let the kids set the pace. Usually they are up about 5am and that's totally fine with us.

They open stockings first, then we make a cuppa. If anyone wants something quick to eat, they grab something.

Then we move to the lounge and open the presents under the tree. That way the kids don't nag to open more gifts. Once they are opened, that's it.

Then breakfast. This year ham and cheese croissants and juice/chocolate milk (the kids chose the menu)

They play and play and play.

I shower and dress then start any lunch that needs attending to.

Visitors arrive about mid-day. We exchange presents. Eat food. Kids play games (often a board game altogether) if it's hot they play on the waterslide.

Adults might snooze on couch due to early start.

Eat more food through the afternoon and leftover for dinner. Everyone eats when they are hungry.

I clean up a bit, Dishwasher goes on. Kids shower and put on their new pj's. (Father Christmas always brings some!)

We watch a Christmas movie.

Everyone falls into bed around 9pm.

I never drink on Christmas Day. DH does, but he is away this year.

Edited by ~THE~MAGICIAN~, 23 December 2012 - 02:40 PM.


#3 iwanttosleepin

Posted 23 December 2012 - 02:38 PM

We're have a very odd christmas this year.

Wake up will be early but I am buying DS7 a new alarm clock day and a limit will be set!

Then have a cup of tea and open the presents.  Facetime the grandparents at some stage.

A limo is picking us up at 11.15 and then picking up some other friends and taking us out to lunch at a 5 star resort - all you can eat and drink with kids entertainment.  then the limo will pick us up at 4.30 and deliver us all back home.

at which  I think we will all fall into bed!



#4 FiveAus

Posted 23 December 2012 - 02:40 PM

Our present tradition is that they all go in a pile, and I stick a Santa hat on my head and hand them out one at a time. The recipient opens it, shows everyone then the next present gets given out. It's fun, the kids (all grown up now) absolutely love it and insist it stays this way, and we have lots of laughs.

This year we are going out for lunch with two of the kids, one partner and a granddaughter, then coming back to our place for presents in the afternoon. Others will arrive then too.

#5 gina70

Posted 23 December 2012 - 02:41 PM

Love Christmas!

I usually wake early and lie there waiting for the kids to come in, but now they are getting older they don't wake up as early.  I also put coffee on, then presents, relax for a bit, then buttermilk hotcakes for breaky.  Relax again.

My sister will come around about 10:30 and we will do presents and then she will drive us over to my niece's home for more presents and lunch.  We will stay there till late afternoon.

Then back home to relax.

I like Christmas to be a stress- free happy day.

#6 BadCat

Posted 23 December 2012 - 02:46 PM

We'll be up around 7.

Everyone gets dressed and has breakfast before presents.  Kids christmas treat breakfast is Rice Bubbles.  DH and I will just eat some toast or something.

Presents are handed out one by one and everyone gets to see what each other have received.  Then we play with our presents, read our new books etc until lunch.  Lunch will be cold turkey, ham and salads.  We'll probably take a break before dessert.  We'll laze away the afternoon and have leftovers for dinner.

That's a standard christmas around here.  We often have someone share lunch with us and sometimes we'll have grandparents over in the morning for presents.  This year we'll have friends over for lunch and they will probably spend most of the afternoon with us.

#7 snuffles

Posted 23 December 2012 - 02:50 PM

Ours are always different.  Our family tradition is to be somewhere different from the year before for Christmas.  This fits in well with the defence lifestyle also Tounge1.gif.

Last year as we weren't moving, we went camping for Christmas.  We *only* got our stockings on Christmas Day, and had a seafood lunch.  And went to the beach.  Then we had a 'second' CHristmas with all the trimmings on January 9 (it was a bit of a job to find a whole turkey for that).  We got our gifts from each other that day too.

This year, we moved house in August (although still in the same area) and have decided to have one Christmas, at home.  Although we have invited extended family, it'll be just us (they live a long way away so fair enough).  For that we'll have stockings first thing, breakfast, and mum and dad sit around bleary eyed drinking coffee whilst the kids open their under the tree presents.  Then we play with the presents!!!  DH does the lunch (mostly) which will be ready about 4pm (hence covering lunch and dinner) and I cget the dishes, yay.



#8 ~buzz~

Posted 23 December 2012 - 02:51 PM

We will get a phone call from SIL at about 6am
Go to MIL's for presents and coffee
Home for presents, shower, dressed
Going to MIL's for lunch
Going to BIL's in the afternoon
Then home for the rest of the night

This is the first year we will be doing this and the last.

#9 Poss and Soss

Posted 23 December 2012 - 02:52 PM

Do you have traditions?
Yes and no.

Do you sleep in, or get up early?
Given our kids are smaller probably up at the usual time. If DS does climb in to bed earlier we will do the usual morning cuddle and when we're ready (or when he whinges) we'll get up!

Do you have family breakfasts?
This year was planning croissants - but the kids have eaten the ones I bought! Will get more tomorrow.

When do you do presents? How do you do presents?

We have some friends coming this year, so we are doing 'big' pressies (at 9.30am with 3 members of the family who may or may not decide to stay for XMAS lunch. THAT is fun to plan for) wacko.gif before our guests arrive at 11.

Then the kids (including the visitor child) has a santa sack. Adults (including guest adult) will open their pressies then.

What time do you eat?
Again this depends on whether the family members decide to stay. 1sh if they don't, 2ish if they do.

What do you do during the day in between eating?

Chat. Watch the kids play. Watch TV or listen to music. Clean up and pack the dishwasher!

What do you do that night after the festivities are over?
Sleep!

Also, if you are the host (and especially if you have little kids of your own) do you drink during the day?
Yes

Do you drink to excess given that it's a celebration?
Yes

Do you enjoy hosting Christmas or do you find it stressful?
I love it although I get stressed cooking everything!

Do people help you?
Yes - and often I wish they wouldn't!! Every year I say 'look after the kids and every 15 minutes check in whether I want you to do something'.

E.g. p*ss off out of my kitchen, but be around for when I want you to check there is a fresh hand towel in the guest bathroom, that the table is set etc.

#10 jazzpup

Posted 23 December 2012 - 03:09 PM

Our last couple of christmases have meant getting up at 4 so DH can see presents being opened, then he is off to work while me and the kids traipse around the countryside going to eleventy billion family things because our families all insist on doing christmas day on christmas day.  (Yes that sentence is long and exhausting because that is what it is normally like)
This year we are doing Christmas at our place and DH has the day off (YAY!!!!!)Ok so it means 6 at breakfast, 20 at lunch and 11 for dinner, but no driving.  I am excited but all the house work now is sucky!!



#11 KatakaGeoGirl

Posted 23 December 2012 - 04:07 PM

Do you have traditions? Not really. DH doesn't have family but a brother. My family are sprawled everywhere. We've started our own tiny little Christmas thing with my BIL, DH and I and our 2 kids. He basically comes over mid-late morning and kids open presents. We don't really do presents for the adults. Then we have a yummy roast lunch that DH makes, with way too much food left over. Then we just hang out all day and watch the kids play with their toys, relax, watch TV and whatever really.

Do you sleep in, or get up early? We never did Santa so we don't do the early morning thing. I'll sleep in.

Do you have family breakfasts? No. I don't often eat breakfast and usually save up my appetite for the yummy lunch.

When do you do presents? mid-late morning when BIL comes over.

How do you do presents? This year I want to delegate them, as I want them opened in a particular order as some things go with other things as joint presents and I want to make sure they get opened in a way that they make sense.

What time do you eat? 1-2pm

What do you do during the day in between eating? Nothing much. Just hang out around the house and talk.

What do you do that night after the festivities are over? As above.

Also, if you are the host (and especially if you have little kids of your own) do you drink during the day? I don't drink (very rarely anyway). DH will have a few glasses of wine though.

Do you drink to excess given that it's a celebration? Neither more than usual.

Do you enjoy hosting Christmas or do you find it stressful? I really love our quiet little Christmas. It is just enough, relaxing, fun watching the kids just relax. On a hot day we'll let the kids run outside and have a water fight. There are no rules, so it is just sit back and relax and enjoy each other's company. Which we always do.

Do people help you? It all just works, seen as there is only 5 of us.

#12 Feral Madam Mim

Posted 23 December 2012 - 04:27 PM

Kids wake us up stupidly early, we sit around the tree and open the presents, have breakfast and the kids then have the morning to play with their new toys.

Lunch is at my parents place for cold turkey and ham with the whole family (brother and sister, nieces and nephew, grandparents etc), the kids play in the pool and we tend to leave around 5ish (this isn't happening this year though as my side decided to fly overseas for xmas and DH and I could not afford it). Dinner is then spent at the inlaws (this year we will be going for lunch instead) before finally coming home and collapsing into bed lol.

#13 Bob-the-skull

Posted 23 December 2012 - 04:46 PM

wake up when kids decide to...

let them open their stockings...

gift giving etc...

breakfast  - this year ex is making pancakes (i guess i should tell him that at some point)

family coming over late morning...

kicking family out around 3.30-4pm to go to DP's family.


Won't be really drinking because i will be driving.

#14 Paladin

Posted 23 December 2012 - 05:44 PM

Ours will be, kids will wake us, they promise 7am but it will be earlier.  We'll open presents.  
I'll make a cooked breakfast of bacon, eggs and crossiants. We'll chill around the house.   Then I'll go to work at around 12.30 and work until 10pm.  DH and the kids, will relax, chill and just play.  

I will get a nice roast dinner with all the trimmings at work.  They will have whatever DH decides to cook lol.  



#15 Kalota

Posted 23 December 2012 - 05:48 PM

My parter works every single Christmas Day sad.gif AND Christmas Eve, Boxing Day, New Year's Eve, New Year's Day...

And to make things worse, this Christmas both of my parents are working on Christmas Day as well, and my only sibling is overseas. I'm going to be all alone!

They all finish work in the afternoon though, so I hope to catch up with them then and drive around to visit a few family members... original.gif

#16 unicorn

Posted 23 December 2012 - 05:58 PM

It will be a very relaxed day this year. I have been quite ill so don't have the energy to do much at all. All the kids are here plus a few extras so we will just hang out, the kids will probably head to the river for a swim, we will eat when we feel like eating and I think a nanny nap will be on the cards. We will do the rounds of the family throughout January.

#17 Glr-r

Posted 23 December 2012 - 06:12 PM

I usually wake before the kids as i usually have prep to do and they are late sleepers. So I get up make DH and I a coffee, make sure I have the camera/video recorder ready and start whatever salad/dessert etc that needs doing. When the kids get up the bolt straight to the tree, they open presents. We pick up the wrapping Tounge1.gif We have toast or something light for brekky as we gorge on lunch.

The play while i do rest of prep, this year I have 10 coming for lunch, they'll play with toys until they start arriving and will open presents with them as they do.

Lunch served around 1 and after that we have a swim in our pool and laze about and eat leftovers for tea.

We alternate years between my family on christmas day and DH's boxing day, so  we will be going to DH's parents the next day to do it all again, I'm taking whatever leftovers we have as I'll be well and truely over food by then!

#18 Fire_fly

Posted 23 December 2012 - 10:15 PM

We will wake up around 5.30 and let DD open her stocking while we gulp down some coffee. When BIL and SIL wake (9ish) we will make breakfast croissants and open presents. Lunch will be just the 5 of us and the usual turkey and ham the we will spend the afternoon swimming and reading before having a platter for dinner. We will probably watch a movie and play a game off trivial pursuit before heading off to bed.
Drinking will probably be more than usual although not excessive as I seem to fall asleep after to many drinks these days.

This is our first Christmas without all the extended family so I am excited as I am no where near as stressed as I usually am. We are just taking it as it comes.

#19 Funwith3

Posted 23 December 2012 - 10:25 PM

QUOTE (Paladin @ 23/12/2012, 06:44 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Ours will be, kids will wake us, they promise 7am but it will be earlier.  We'll open presents.  
I'll make a cooked breakfast of bacon, eggs and crossiants. We'll chill around the house.   Then I'll go to work at around 12.30 and work until 10pm.  DH and the kids, will relax, chill and just play.  

I will get a nice roast dinner with all the trimmings at work.  They will have whatever DH decides to cook lol.



QUOTE (Kalota @ 23/12/2012, 06:48 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
My parter works every single Christmas Day sad.gif AND Christmas Eve, Boxing Day, New Year's Eve, New Year's Day...

And to make things worse, this Christmas both of my parents are working on Christmas Day as well, and my only sibling is overseas. I'm going to be all alone!

They all finish work in the afternoon though, so I hope to catch up with them then and drive around to visit a few family members... original.gif


What do all these people do that they have to be working Christmas Day!!???? It sucks!

QUOTE (It'sallgood @ 23/12/2012, 10:55 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
EAt, drink and be merry  biggrin.gif



Perfect  biggrin.gif

And I must add, does everyone on EB have a pool!? Everyone is going swimming it seems. Not me  mad.gif

#20 Guest_Sunnycat_*

Posted 23 December 2012 - 10:38 PM

We go to my parents for lunch. Usually I have to drag DH kicking and screaming. This year I've told him not to bother coming if he's going to be such a rude jerk about it.

#21 lisacat

Posted 24 December 2012 - 07:59 AM

This year we are hosting Christmas Day and the family are driving in today, we will have 10 of us in the house for a week.

We will wake up at some ungodly hour to open presents. I will have a table full of nibbles that people can graze on at their leisure. Lunch of cold meat and salads will be eaten around 1.
We will sit around playing with presents, chatting and watching tv.

I have a bottle of wine in the fridge with my name on it.

#22 Paladin

Posted 24 December 2012 - 08:14 AM

QUOTE
What do all these people do that they have to be working Christmas Day!!???? It sucks!


Unfortunately I work in an environment that is 24/7.  And as much as I'd like it society doesn't stop for Xmas lol, think police, ambulance, dr's nurses, corrective services, petrol station attendants.  It sucks when your roster falls on Xmas time, but someone has to do it.  At least this year I get New Years off :-D

But it'll be an easy day hopefully, eat some food, play some cards and be merry with my co workers.

#23 JRA

Posted 24 December 2012 - 08:20 AM

This is going to be interesting. First Christmas with just the three of us, and first christmas down the beach house.  No that isn't true, DH had his last christmas down here when he was 7, so 44 years since he had a christmas here.

So we will play it by ear a bit. if the weather was going to be good we had decided we may move to christmas dinner and spend the day at the surf, but it isn't going to be that good. So time will tell.

We have the tree up, and the couple of presents underneath.

I am really looking forward to making this the way we do christmas from now on

And a thanks to all the special people who keep our society going - nurses, doctors, police, ambos etc that need to work on christmas day.



#24 FeralRebelWClaws

Posted 24 December 2012 - 06:45 PM

Our local shop is open Christmas Day as well. They close between 1pm and 3pm though.

We are sleeping in and then we might call the girls to wish them Merry Christmas. Then we will decide if we want croissants or homemade pancakes by DF for breakfast.

Then we are watching movies for the day and will stop for ham and roast veggies when we feel like it original.gif When we have DSDs in Jan we will do a Christmas Day then (presents and yummy breakfast and then roast lunch original.gif )

Next year we will have DSDs for Christmas. We are hoping to be down the coast where DF's family are. My sister and her family and my Dad are all happy to travel to have Christmas at our place! original.gif I am REALLY hoping it happens, I will be so excited to have a BIG family Christmas with DF's side and mine. It doesn't feel like Christmas unless we have DSDs.

#25 strawberrycakes

Posted 24 December 2012 - 07:22 PM

This year DD will no doubt wake us at abround 5:30am where we will go straight to the tree to unwrap presents.

DH & I will have a coffee over present unwrapping & when it is all over we will lay around for a couple of hours before preparring the nibbles to take to my parents for Christmas lunch.






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