Seems to remain the same year after year. When we gather with family on Christmas eve, the presents must be opened after dinner presents are passed out and everyone can open their gifts right away. On Christmas day we also open them after dinner but we pass out all the presents and sit in a circle. We all take turns opening one present at a time, so everyone can see what you have riceived. Then the next person gets to open one so on and so forth until it is your turn again. Lot's of pictures are taken and it is a fun way to enjoy all the thoughtful gifts everyone has received.