Sounds like an enjoyable tradtion. You're a Catholic, Jallman?I usually celebrate Christmas at my home every year but this year I am going to my mom's cabin in West Virginia. My parents had bought a beautiful cabin on a mountainside some years back and have been having it renovated over the years (our permanent home is in NC). This year, all the family is going to the cabin and the guest house there to be together for the first time in 8 years.
Normally, Christmas at my home starts with midnight mass on Christmas Eve. Usually my friends Rachel and Sean and I get sauced beforehand to make it a little more tolerable. After about an hour of Joshua glaring down his nose at us, we slip out the back and return home for a nightcap and then bed. Early in the morning some time, I get up and set out gifts, fill stockings and start breakfast. Everyone gets up and has breakfast, opens gifts and then they get ready to go see their families while I start making Christmas Dinner for that evening. Once everything is in the oven, I sit down with a bottle of Maker's Mark and watch "It's a Wonderful Life". By the time it's over, everyone starts arriving and Rachel and I finish dinner up and set it out buffet style.
I cannot recall anything that happens on Christmas after about 7 PM. It's usually a haze of booze, gluttony and, if its a good Christmas, some bad decisions.