Yesterday, Eleanor went to her first birthday party. Her playgroup friend Eve turned three. It was a great time. Elly knew everyone at the party, as all the kids had, at one point or another, been in the play group. There was cake and ice cream, bubbles, music and dancing. But Eve didn’t open her presents. This didn’t bother me much, but Bambi was a bit disappointed. It got us to talking about how things used to be about present opening at gift giving social occasions.
One never used to bring a present to a wedding; one would always send it ahead of the joyous occasion.
When I was a kid, half the fun at a birthday party was watching the present opening.
One MUST wait till Christmas Morning to open gifts.
None of this seems to apply any more.
So, what do you think? Should a kid open her birthday presents at her party? When is it OK to not open the gifts? I worry that my kid, at age three, would be ungracious about gifts she either didn’t like or didn’t understand. I think it’s just fine that really small kids don’t open their presents in front of guests. Thoughts?