Tree Day, or our Christmas Before Christmas tradition

The end result of our Tree Day is the best of both worlds:

We get to have Christmas our way, with the just two of us, and when the real Christmas rolls around a couple of weeks later, we get to spend quality time with our families. It also serves to make the erection of the Christmas tree decorating its own special ritual, when it could be seen as just a chore.

What are your family's holiday traditions?

This morning my child Jasper woke up at 6 AM, shook my husband and I awake, and sped off to the living room where our alien head-adorned Christmas tree is sitting. There were a handful of presents underneath it that we had to put out the night before so our kid wouldn't spend every day leading up to Christmas trying to rip the presents apart.