Thursday, August 27, 2009

Opinions, Please!

Thanks for talking me down from the ledge during the whole cockroach debacle. Never in my life have I been so traumatized (including getting lost at Disney World in the third grade). Seriously. My skin crawls just thinking about it.

So S and I are getting married next year and recently we have been talking about our own family traditions (the ones we want to bring to our new family) and a heated debate was sparked...

One of us believes that on Christmas morning, stockings should be opened first, BEFORE you get to all of the presents. The theory behind this is that (1) it is a "natural warm-up, an appetizer if you will" (2) heightens the excitement of the main event and (3) provides time for the parents to get ready, wake up, turn on the camera, etc. The stocking holds only novelties and candy. Another person in this relationship believes they should be opened AFTER you have opened everything else. In this scenario, the stocking has all the usual stuff (lottery tickets, candy and whatever else) plus any accessories from the big presents (for example, if Santa left an iPod, there may be an iPod case in your stocking).

This is where you guys come in...

Which one of us is correct (hint: me*)?

Please vote in the survey below (finger crossed that it works):




Also, I would love to hear why you guys made the choice you did. Or why you would never do it one way or the other. Or what other traditions should we start up.



*I can't officially tell you guys which one is me yet, but I have faith that you guys will choose correctly. I know you couldn't possibly agree with him because his way IS NOT HOW IT IS DONE.


Sorry this thing has posted 86 different times. I was having poll trouble.

32 comments:

carrie1 said...

Umm.... I really don't know the reasoning behind my choice. It is just something we have always done, but I agree with which ever one said "provides time for the parents to get ready, wake up, turn on the camera, etc." =)

We also got to open one present the night before which always ended up to be new pajama's for the "Big" morning!

rootsandrings said...

The reason that I chose "Before gifts" is because it's the right answer. This is not a debate. It's how things work.

Martinis or Diaper Genies? said...

wow this is a TOUGH one. Let me just make a case for after although I've done both and like before. You're totally done with your gifts and without fail, everytime I forget about the stocking. It's like the best surprise because you think it's over but it's not!

Melli said...

We always do ours after, just because we are so excited about the big presents that the stockings are usually an afterthought.

One of our favorite traditions is wrapping the baby Jesus from our nativity scene and giving it to the kids under the tree. The card always reads "To the xxxx kids. Love, God".

Miss Emily Anne said...

BEFORE. That's just how it is supposed to be! :) I'm feeling all Christmas-y now!

Sole Matters said...

my fam has always opened them after b/c just as you stated, say you get an ipod, well in the stocking there might be a iTunes gift card or iPod case.

the future mrs Hinz said...

weve always done ours after. mainly bc the cmas tree is in our main room of hte house and the stockings are in the living room above the fireplace. so we eat breakfast and chat and open gifts around the tree. then we all go by the fireplace to open our stockings. i dont know -its just what we have always done!

FashionAddict said...

We do it before, but a little differently. We get little items (a nail polish, some candy, a lotion, etc.) a few times per week the whole month of December. Honestly, my parents used it to get us out of bed more easily b/c we would get up first thing and run to our stockings instead of pretending we didn't hear their pleas to get up. Devious, no?! My mom still insists on doing this, so we still get small gifts when we come over to her house :)

Just Add Walter said...

definitely BEFORE... although sometimes I would do the presents because I couldn't wait... I mean who wants candy etc when there are REAL presents there!! hmm I guess that means I understand both ways... but I still would go with BEFORE :)

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Southern Champagne Wishes said...

We usually do after - mainly, I think because we forget about the stockings (one time we didn't remember until the next day!).

And, I actually did get a case for my iPod in my stocking one year.

Btw, your comment today on my post was hilarious - no one was mentioning that guy - I was like, did I offend everyone with that photo?

Summer @ B is for Brown said...

before was how we always did it in my house. it was so a warm-up!

Cee said...

Christmas is the only holiday where my family has very specific tradtions...on Christmas eve we open our "Christmas jammies" (yes even still) and then our ornament we get every year. Then Christmas morning the "kids" wake up and get our stockings and bring them into one of the bedrooms...then after we look at them we wake up my parents and "show" them what Santa brought us...then parents, grandparents etc open their stockings while coffee is made THEN we open presents.

yes..we still show our parents what we get from Santa like they havn't seen them and still get presents from Santa even though we are all in our late teens and twenties

sorry this was so long...I am very passionate about Christmas

Future Mrs. H said...

Obviously you have to open your stocking first so you can see which presents are yours... Santa wraps a few gifts in the stocking in the same paper that he wraps the big gifts!!

Thanks for the advice on this cranky day. =0) I am definitely going home tonight and whipping up some pizzas for me and the Mr.

Future Mrs. H said...

Oh... and I never thought you hated me... I just want to be "internet" friends and was sad that you judged me based on my MLB team preference. HAHAHA.

I hope the best for your Yanks... it would sure make my Daddy happy if they did something crazy this year - like win the World Series, mwahahaha.

anna and the ring said...

Um, of course before. That way you can lie in bed munching on the satsuma!

In the boys family they don't have stockings anymore! Sob.

Kristin said...

Stockings are the appetizer!

Annie said...

my family's tradition is always stockings first! you know where my vote went ;)

Jules said...

We have always done it before and like you said, it is the appetizer! This has been the tradition since I was little and I've always loved uncovering the little surprises in my stocking.

*K said...

Before - for all of the same reasons listed above. I have never heard of anyone opening afterwards but the idea of including accessories does make sense.

Jane said...

I am an after! Open the gifts and get all done and then have a little something extra! Plus if you get an ipod, you could put the case in there and that would be perfect!

Landlocked Bride said...

I didn't vote, because we didn't do stockings in my family. But logic to me says open the stocking first, then gifts.

Lindsay said...

I kind of don't want to tell you which I picked.... I don't want you to judge me! hahah. My sister and I opened the presents we bought each other on xmas eve-- just because we get excited. In the morning we always do stockings first because then it makes opening the presents pretty suspenseful... ESP if there was an ipod case in the stocking!!!!

Midtown Girl said...

Growing up, I always opened the stocking stuffer before the gifts. But my brother would do the opposite. Maybe its a guy thing - LOL!

XOXO

Elizabeth Marie said...

This is so cute! It's before with our fam...the teaser, if you will!

I heart Christmas time, so fun! Couple more months lol :)

Happy Friday sweetheart! XO

on the Rhoads of life said...

Haha! My husband and I have had MANY conversations over traditions around the Holidays. He is SUPER traditional (acts like a kid if he doesn't get his way) But, we both agreed that stockings come first before the big gifts. We wrap all stocking gifts as well & take time opening them - it makes Christmas morning last a long time! After stockings is breakfast & then big gifts!

Good luck determining all of your holiday traditions!!

XOXO-
Sarah

Llama said...

Hey!!! First of all, yes...my entire blog was somehow deleted yesterday. After a few tears I was able to get everything back, thank you for taking the time to read I really appreciate it!
Ok....lets get down to Xmas! I definitely voted for "open the stockings first."
Hope you wind! ;)

Lindsey said...

We always did before, and it just became tradition and you don't mess with tradition.=)

Jeannie said...

AFTER! Stocking presents are smaller and indeed, could very well contain items meant to augment the primary presents under the tree. Also, it just leaves a little something to look forward to after the main event. I love presents and hate when it's finally over!

audreybella said...

My family never did stockings. They were just hung and that was it. It wasn't until I joined my husband's family that I participated in stocking presents.

Now, we do it before. This satisfies the boy and dad while I get coffee/hot chocolate ready. Then we pass out presents. We make sure to never put something in the stocking that could be a give-away to a bigger present.

Scandalous Housewife said...

Honey Child,
As a more "mature" woman who has been married to a Gray-Fox-of-a-Man for almost 20 years, I would like to suggest that there sometimes has to be a bit of compromise to make a marriage successful. However, in almost ALL matters such as this, it is the woman's prerogative. Trust me, I'm a doctor (in my special world).

Jill said...

before. because it's just a christmas morning fact. everyone knows that.

Michelle said...

We open stockings before gifts mainly because that's how I did it as a kid. Hubby's family and mine did do a few things differently and some things we have tailored to what works best for our family. Good luck winning this debate!