I have the best memories growing up of waking up Christmas morning with my brother and sister and digging into our stockings while our parents were still asleep. Once they woke up, we'd all take turns opening gifts from Santa and each other.
My husband has fond memories of spending Christmas Eve with his family, opening gifts from each other and then waking up Christmas morning to see everything Santa brought laid out under the tree.
We both had different Christmas traditions. Even though we've been married for 6 1/2 years, we haven't really established our own traditions. Now that we have a baby, it's as good a time as any!
What we had:
First difference: He opened family gifts on Christmas Eve, I didn't. He really loved doing this because it spread the fun out over two days. I didn't have any particular attachment to opening everything on Christmas morning, so we decided to stick with his tradition there.
Second difference: All of our Santa gifts were wrapped. The suspense of not knowing what you got till you ripped the paper off was half the fun! He wasn't opposed to wrapped Santa gifts, so we decided to stick with my tradition there. :)
Now, here is what we have:
It's a short list and only the very beginning. I'm sure there will be advents and elves a-plenty to add in later!