Posted: 21/11/2014 at 09:33
I used to work Christmas Day quite often too - part of my job though. When my girls were little they did the same as Panda - bringing in their stockings to open them on our bed. We always put the presents out just before they went to bed on Christmas Eve. Earlier in the day they made biscuits to hang on the tree - all on the lowest branches. Youngest's were always dripping with runny icing and laden with silver and gold balls ( had to be suitably colour co-ordinated ) while oldest's were very neat and precise. I managed to resist the urge to space them evenly on the tree...
We always did the carrot and drink for Santa too. We used to leave it on the landing under the hatch for the attic as oldest daughter (smartass) always wondered how he got in since we didn't have a chimney I used to put a pair of boots down and sprinkle flour or talcum powder round them so it looked like snow. They were thrilled with that.