Why This Mom Makes Her Kids 'Practice' Opening Their Christmas Gifts

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Once kids wake up on Christmas morning and see that Santa Claus has stopped by, all hell can break loose. Every family has their own holiday traditions, but when little ones start running for the tree and tearing into presents, many parents see that it's hard for their children to appreciate what they're opening and be thankful for what they've received. In order to slow things down and make sure her kids don't take holiday presents for granted, one mom started a new Christmas morning tradition with her family -- but others are slamming her for it.

  • This mom didn't want her kids to rip into presents, so she had them all practice the "right" way to do it.

    The anonymous mom shared on Mumsnet that she has an 11-year-old, 9-year-old, and 8-year-old who made Christmas morning feel chaotic and unrewarding. She decided to change things last year by starting a new tradition that every child will only open up one gift at a time, but there was a catch: They had to complete a practice round first.

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  • The kids were given a script, and they have to stick to it no matter what the present is.


    Before the holiday, Mom sat down with the kids and showed them exactly how she wanted them to behave come Christmas morning. "First I opened a practice gift (a pair of socks) and read the card first and told everyone who gave it to me. Then I opened the gift and held it up and said it was just what I wanted and the color was perfect," she wrote. "Then I thanked the person who gave it to me. I explained if it was a large gift I would jump up and hug the person."

    According to Mom, the kids loved her demonstration and then were each given a practice present they could open. "I told them if it was a stove mitt or a motorcycle, they had to follow the script. They took turns opening a gift and performed. All understand this is a show called 'opening Christmas gifts' and they are participants."

  • After having a successful Christmas last year, she wanted to share the idea with other parents.

    "Our Christmas day was much better," she added. "Doesn't matter what the present is, the script is the same. I am trying to pass on an idea that might help."

  • Many could relate to the rushed morning with mixed reactions to presents.


  • Some weren't sure about her "practice round" but loved the idea behind it.

  • Although she wanted to pass along the idea because it really helped her family, not everyone liked it ... at all.

  • Many accused her of taking away the best part of Christmas: a child's pure joy.


  • One mom took issue with the fact that she's teaching that "big" gifts get "better" reactions.

  • Others wish that she would let her kids have an unscripted and authentic holiday morning.

  • Even though she was serious about her methods, some poked fun at her uptight approach.

  • If nothing else, hopefully the kids learn the importance of manners during all gift-giving occasions!

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