I figured this might be the appropriate place for this thread. I was just wondering how others' families on this forum do their gift opening. Does your family take turns opening one gift at a time so everyone can see what everyone got or does your family just basically "rip & tear"? When I was a kid when we had Christmas at my Grandparents a couple of family members would hand out presents by announcing whom the gift was to and who it was from and the recipient would open the gift right then. The whole gift-opening process would take 30 minutes or so which left more time to play games, watch a Christmas movie on TV, take a nap or go do whatever. This was the way my (extended) family opened gifts for years and to me this was the fun way to open presents and the way I was used to opening presents. Now that my Grandparents have long since passed on my Christmases are spent with my immediate family including my sisters, their spouses and kids and somehow the policy of "taking turns opening one gift at a time" has become standard in my family. Every year I have expressed my disdain for opening presents in this manner because that's not how we did presents in the past and also because I think taking turns opening presents one-at-a-time is boring and it takes too long. I don't really need to see what each & every gift is (I already know what gifts I got for people). I'm not really interested in a sweater my brother-in-law received just as he (and others) don't really care about a DVD that I got of a concert of my favorite heavy metal band. Also some people run out of gifts (often me early on) before others do so they're obligated to sit through the rest of the whole, tedious gift opening process. And I'll add that the kids certainly don't like having to wait for their turn to open a present as well. So how does everyone else's families do their gift opening?