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The 12 burning questions* of Xmas: When do you open your presents?

This and every festive day until New Year’s Eve, let distract you from the ‘serious’ news with one of life’s REAL dilemmas. (*not really)

THE FESTIVE SEASON. A time of joy and goodwill to all… Oh, who are we kidding?

Christmas, New Year and the fallow period in between are ripe for misunderstandings, family tension and silly arguments. We’re here to gauge the temperature on the niggly rows of the season and set them all to rights.

Today: Christmas – it’s not all about the presents, okay? Now that we have that disclaimer of materialism out of the way, let’s get to it – when is the right time to hand over gifts? Our incredibly scientific research among staff and the guys in the coffee shop next door has come up with three main time frames for the exchanging of presents…

A. On Christmas Eve,or…

(via Lisa Stevens/

B. First thing on Christmas morning, or…

(via Howard Cheng/

C. Not until after Christmas dinner

(via Matt Hutchinson/

Which is it in your household?

Poll Results:

B - On Christmas morning (1567)
A - On Christmas Eve (313)
C - After Christmas dinner (211)
D - Can't we all just get along? (57)

See other Christmas Burning Questions>

See previous entries in The Burning Question*>

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