We have some friends in the Pittsburgh area who are having a Christmas Eve open house. In the days BC (before children) we would not have thought twice about going. (For those of you who don't know, our kids are 6, 3, and 3.) We could head out around 6:00, drive for two hours, socialize for three or four, and then drive home. Piece of cake, especially when we could sleep in afterwards. But now...
We're still thinking of going. The weather will be the deciding factor. Since Christmas is on a Sunday, the kids will sleep in on Saturday, which means we can push their bedtime a bit. And they will sleep in the car on the way home.
My wife and I were talking about it at dinner tonight.
"You know what would be cool?" I said. "If we had my Mom come by while we're gone (she lives ten minutes away) and put out the presents." But then I realized:
1. It would be irrelevant, since the kids almost certainly will be asleep when we get home, and
2. If somehow they're not, we're doomed, since they'd want to open them right then.
And then it hit me. You often hear about families whose tradition is to open presents on Christmas Eve.
I wonder if that "tradition" started because the parents were sick of getting woken up at 6:00 a.m. on Christmas Day. If they open their presents at night, then there is no need to wake up early the next day. All you have to do is think of a reason why Santa would deliver the presents early Christmas Eve, and you're home free.