What I have done over the years is evolve to the point that everyone does not have to be in the same room opening gifts at the same time. That's my romantic vision. The reality is that some of the kids could care less about presents and much less having to work for them by getting through an entire tree's worth of paper. For these kids I now use Santa sacks and they get their own personal Christmas and photo shoot. When the time is right any time from Christmas day to a couple of days later each of the kids is sat down, usually with an audience and they are coached and assisted through their presents. This works sooo much better. Everyone is happy. As I have cough choke aged I have let go of some of the Norman Rockwell or romantacized visions of how I think things should go and gone with what works. Look at me...evolving....just like an ape....
|new hair, maraca, slinky....really what more could you want?!|
|"I'm smiling cause I know she likes it but I'm quite sure I hate this hat!"|
|Did you forget I'm almost thirty years old? S'rsly!|