This is the year that it truly dawned on me that for my kids, the anticipation of Christmas far exceeds anything that will be opened on Christmas Day.
The activities and family fun leading to the big day is what it is all about.
Kind of like Halloween, they love the idea of dressing up and going door to door, seeing how much candy they can collect, but by the next day they could really care two craps about the pumpkin bucket full of candy.
So though opening presents on Christmas morning is exciting and fun, in the end it can be the five dollar Barbie in only a bikini, and a new bag of socks under the tree and the girls will have had a great Christmas season. Why?