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Christmas presents sit underneath a Christmas tree. Many trace the custom of giving gifts to one another to the Magi who brought gifts for the Christ child in themanger.

During the Reformation in 16th–17th century Europe, many Protestants changed the gift bringer to the Christ Child or Christkindl, and the date of giving gifts changed from December 6 to Christmas Eve.[20] It is the night when Santa Claus makes his rounds delivering gifts to good children.

In the Czech Republic, SlovakiaCroatia and Hungary, where St. Nicholas (sv. Mikuláš/szent Mikulás) gives his sweet gifts on December 6, the Christmas gift-giver is the Child Jesus (Ježíšekin Czech, Jézuska in Hungarian, Ježiško in Slovak and Isusek in Croatian).[21]

In most parts of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, presents are traditionally exchanged in the evening of December 24. Children are commonly told that presents were brought either by theChristkind (German for: Christchild),[22] or the Weihnachtsmann (German name of Santa Claus). Both leave the gifts, but are in most families not seen doing so.

In Finland, Joulupukki, and in Sweden Jultomten, personally meets children and gives presents in the evening of Christmas Eve.[23][24]

In NetherlandsArgentinaAustriaDenmarkEstoniaFinlandGermanyHungarySlovakiaIcelandLatviaNorwayPolandPortugalQuebecRomaniaUruguay, and Sweden, Christmas presents are opened mostly on the evening of the 24th, – this is also the tradition among the British Royal Family, due to their mainly German ancestry[25] – while in Italy, the United States, the United Kingdom, IrelandEnglish CanadaSouth AfricaNew Zealand and Australia, this occurs mostly on the morning of Christmas Day.

In other Latin American countries, people stay awake until midnight, when they open the presents.

In Spain, gifts are traditionally opened on the morning of January 6, Epiphany day ("Día de Los Tres Reyes Magos"),[26] though in some other countries, like Argentina and Uruguay, people receive presents both around Christmas and on the morning of Epiphany day.

In the Netherlands they also celebrate Sinterklaas on December 5.[27]

by on Dec. 4, 2012 at 5:02 AM
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by Shellbells on Dec. 4, 2012 at 10:50 AM


by Desiree on Dec. 4, 2012 at 11:10 AM


by Danielle :) on Dec. 4, 2012 at 11:34 AM


by Platinum Member on Dec. 4, 2012 at 11:42 AM
Yep that's true, when I was little I opened some gifts on Christmas eve (cause its my birthday) and we would stay up til midnight and open the rest, it was so fun lol, my son is to little to stay up late right now but I hope we can do it when he's a little older.
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by Ruby Member on Dec. 4, 2012 at 11:47 AM


Quoting brownhoney21:

 Thanks for the good info.

by Ruby Member on Dec. 4, 2012 at 11:48 AM

We let the girls open one thing on Christmas Eve.

Quoting SarahSuzyQ:

My family has a whole joke about Christmas eve gifts... But we really wait until Christmas day to exchange presents.

by Ruby Member on Dec. 4, 2012 at 11:48 AM


Quoting alliesmom112:

Interesting thanks for sharing, 

by Ruby Member on Dec. 4, 2012 at 11:48 AM


Quoting Hottmomma607:


by Ruby Member on Dec. 4, 2012 at 11:48 AM


Quoting suziejax:

thanks for sharing

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