After Santa has slid down the chimney and placed presents under the Christmas tree, it's time to gather family and friends to open presents on Christmas morning. However, rather than just tearing through the presents in a few minutes, take the time to enjoy the present opening by mixing in other activities along with ripping-off the wrapping paper.
Play Christmas music while the presents are being opened and invite family members to sing along to the tunes. If someone is musically talented in the group, ask them to play Christmas music with their instrument for a live performance. Even if you don't own Christmas music or have someone skilled enough to play an instrument, many radio stations convert to an all-Christmas music platform on Christmas eve and Christmas day. Select a radio station and sing along.
Wrapping Paper Fight
People take great care in wrapping presents for loved ones. Then it seems in a matter of minutes the wrapping paper is removed resulting in a large mound of paper. Crumple up the wrapping paper into small balls, then, away from the presents or anything breakable, engage in a good-natured wrapping paper fight. If you live in a warm weather climate, move the wrapping paper fight outside. After you're done, clean up the mess so neighbors don't complain about litter.
In the midst of opening presents, take a timeout to play a few games. For example, play the Reindeer Antler Game. Split the family into groups of two. Give each team a pair of new pantyhose and balloons. Each team races to blow-up balloons and stuff them in pantyhose. The team that fills the pantyhose first, wins. Another idea is to turn the act of opening presents into a game itself. Give everyone a list of words that are synonymous with Christmas such as "santa," "reindeer" or "sleigh." Place a duplicate of all of the words in a stocking. As you pull out each word and call it out, the person who has the word exclaims "ho, ho, ho!" and gets to open a present from his pile.
Many Christmas mornings start quite early as children race down the stairs excited to tear into their presents. If this sounds like your Christmas morning, then prepare ahead of time by purchasing or baking fresh breads such as cranberry, banana or date bread. Popular Christmas treats such as yule logs, or breads shaped in the form of wreathes are other ideas. Serve hot coffee and orange juice. Other seasonal beverage ideas include hot cider or eggnog.
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