Thursday, December 21, 2006

When To Unwrap Gifts?

I enjoy our Men's Wednesday Night Class at church. We are talking about being the husbands God has called us to be, and it is encouraging to me to have guys who are as committed to that as I am to journey with. The Lord certainly knows my wife deserves my very best.

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I will be on vacation next week, but may try to blog by mid-week. I know that many readers will be leaving town over the next couple of days. So, here's wishing everyone out there a very Merry Christmas and a joyous New Year in which we are all drawn closer to the Lord.

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I made a list last year of resolutions / goals. It's almost embarrassing to look back at them. Some I made progress on. Others I totally failed. I had made it a goal to exercise more and lose some weight. That has been a no-go for sure. Why is it so hard to exercise? I always feel better after I do.

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Question of the day: Do you unwrap gifts on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning? It is amazing to me how strongly we feel about such traditions as these.

11 comments:

jross said...

Christmas morning.

To all who read this response......Merry Christmas!

Jeff said...

Our mens class is awesome. I believe the lack of response at times is really a reflection of the self-inspection going on with many of us. I know my wife has not always received the best that she certainly deserves and I hope to change that today and in the future.

We open presents on the 23rd, 24th and 25th. Why contain giving to one day?

Merry Christmas to everyone!

Anonymous said...

We started out opening gifts on Christmas Eve. That's what we always did when I was growing up. But as the kids got older it was harder for Santa to come while we were gone to Grandma's. So Santa switched to Christmas morning about 15 years ago.

Merry Christmas!!

Kyle R. said...

Since all of our family lives close, here's how it is for us.

Christmas Eve day: Shelly' parents' house for what we call the Meeks Christmas. (Shelly's maiden name is Meeks). Everybody opens presents.

Christmas Eve night: My parents house with my dad's side of the family. Only the kids open presents at this event. We decided a few years back that the adults would not exchange gifts. This is a particularly loud event because it seems that all the aunts and uncles thrive on giving the kids the loudest, most annoying sounding toys just so they can watch the parents ears cringe.:)

Christmas morning: Still at my parents house. The inner circle of Reeveses watch the kids play with the toys that Santa brought. One exception to this was three years ago when Santa brought a trampoline. He could not get the trampoline down the chimney at my mom and dad's and we begged Santa to bring it to our house, so we would not have to take it apart at my parents' and move it back to our house. So we had Christmas morning at our house that year. But all other Christmas mornings are at my parents'.

Christmas day: We take about a three hundred yard walk to my grandparents' house down the road from my parents' and have lunch and open presents with my mom's side of the family.

Christmas night: We go back to Shelly's parents' for what we call the Dodd Christmas. This is with Shelly's mother's side. Kids open gifts and the adults do a Chinese gift exchage.

Late Christmas night: Then we go home and collapse from all the food and running around for the past two days.:)

Matt said...

Courtney let me open a gift last night because she needed to use the bag it was in. I didn't mind!

Cassey said...

Nothing is ever wrapped. Everything some from Santa on christmas morning .

Dennis said...

We have always had Christmas on Christmas eve in the past. This year, with the kids being or getting married, we had Christmas on the 17th since both kids would be out of town. Our Christmas is already past, but it was wonderful. I have to say, it doesn't matter when it is, as long as you can have some time together with family. Sonia and I are excited about going to the movies on Christmas day and just enjoying being together.

Merry Christmas to all.

Josh Ross said...

My mom doesn't believe in buying presents. Actually, she believes in buying gifts for g-kids only. It takes about 2-3 days for them to open all of their gifts.

Matt--way to make a sacrifice!

Rick (dad)--as for your comment about husbands...I am learning that spouses and children do not spell love "L-O-V-E" but they spell love "T-I-M-E." I want to give Kayci my very best. She is my first ministry.

randy said...

After many years of traveling between in-laws and mostly ending up traveling on Christmas day, we made two rules - I don't drive on Christmas day and we don't transport gifts all over the country to open different places. These days I wish I still had in-laws to go and share Christmas with.

We opened the small presents we got for each other tonight and we'll leave for my parents in the morning where we'll open the presents for them probably on Saturday as that's when everyone will be together. Major presents like Linda's carpet and new roto-tiller as well as my chain saw we got when delivered.

Back in the day, we'd open presents at home, at my parents, and at Linda's folks whenever we were there.

Rick Ross said...

Randy,

Let me get this straight: You got Linda a roto-tiller for Christmas? And you are still alive to tell about it?

randy said...

Yes, and it's the second one in three years. Have I mentioned that Linda is special?