The tradition in my family is to start the festivities with a glass of champagne with (lots of) mango pieces in the glass. In fact, there are always lots of mangoes at Christmas, including on top of the pavlova.
The dogs had fun with their presents from Santa -- a crunchy bone thingie each and dog chocolates. (Though Oliver was pretty certain he should also be getting some cream from the pavlova. Unfortunately for him, he lost on that one.)
We had crackers / bon-bons and mine had a lame joke (naturally), a paper hat and a pink bobble hairband. Fun!
I especially love the opening of presents time at Christmas, and it's not just about what I receive - it's more fun than my birthday, when all the presents are for me because at Christmas, everyone is joining in with the fun. It's a communal activity, where everyone gets something and everyone is smiling.
I was particularly thrilled with my presents this year - they included Jenny Crusie's Maybe This Time, and the first 3 seasons of the new Doctor Who. I can't wait to dive into both!
So, how was your Christmas? Did you get a present you loved? What was your Christmas tree like? Did you eat pavlova?