It seems that Christmas has become more flexible as the years go by. When I was a kid, our family opened gifts on Christmas Eve and ate ridiculous amounts of junk food until we fell asleep or went into a sugar coma. This year I could not gather with my parents and sisters, but they opened gifts on the evening of the 23rd! (How you can open what Santa has not delivered I don't know!) This was due to my sister having to leave the morning of the 24th to get back home to work. My first reaction was, "Whoa! What about tradition?" But, the more I thought about it, the less it mattered. Since gift-exchanging is not the "reason for the season" anyway, it isn't crucial to nail it down to one or two acceptable times, is it? By the way, my boss emailed us his Christmas bonus - after we all left on Thursday the 22nd, he sent out a message saying he had sold the company. That'll put a cramp in your Ho Ho Ho.