We usually prepare meat trays, dips and chips for the evening. Everyone comes over about 5pm. We all eat and then settle in for the entertainment. My sister and i usually "perform" for the group. (two years ago we sang "sisters" from White Christmas "On the Good Ship Lollipop") Then we have everyone pick a number from a hat. We have the numbers 1-12 in there. Then we all sing the 12 Days of Christmas. (everyone sings the verse that corresponds with the number they drew)
We then start opening gifts. It's wild and hectic and sadly over in about 30 minutes. It's a lot of fun.
This year will probably be a little tough as my baby brother was killed in May. We are going to work real hard to help my mom get through the holidays though.