Unwrapping presents has to be the best thing. I'm really terrible about waiting - I'll prod, poke and sometimes even piggle the paper and peek :o) I always maintain it's not impatience - it's my curiosity and the need to know! Of course, not all good presents need unwrapping - one year, we got a puppy the week before Christmas - who got lost under the wrapping paper because he fell asleep when the excitement got too much. And seven years ago, we got the message that paperwork enabling The Hermit to move to the UK with a British passport had been found :o)
It mustn't be forgotten that Christmas is above all a Christian festival. And of course, God's representatives on earth are the clergy. In the Church of England, the person in charge of a parish is usually the vicar. My gran was a member of the Church of Scotland, which is a similar episcopal denomination. She had been ill one time, and so the vicar popped round to see how she was doing. It was a Tuesday afternoon, her regular meet up with her sister, mother and another friend. How pleasant, you might think. Until you realised it was the usual Tuesday card school (gin rummy, for money) and that as well as tea and biscuits on offer, there was a bottle of Scotch whisky on the table!
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Edited to add: As of Twelfth Night (6 January 2010) this chart is no longer available as a freebie. It may return at some point as a chart for sale to raise money for the MS Trust
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