why do we put presents under a tree

Today I am curious as to when people put gifts out under their Christmas tree. My family has always put them out as they arrive and/or are wrapped, unless it's something that can't be wrapped (or is too obvious), in which case it was put out after the kids went to bed on Christmas Eve. My husband's family only puts gifts between the children under the tree until Christmas Eve, when they bring out the presents after the kids have gone to bed (which is understandable given the number of gifts that all but block the entire room).


I've been wrapping gifts and putting them under our tree for about a week now, and yesterday after my husband wrapped mine he was grumbling about gifts being out before Christmas Eve.


My comment right back is that we're adults, we know there's no Santa, and I like to look at pretty wrapped packages under the tree for more than just ten minutes on Christmas Morning. Heck, in our situation if we're not going to put gifts out until we're ready for bed on Christmas Eve, why wrap them at all?


So, what do you and your family do with your gifts? Has it changed over time or with children in/out of the house?
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