My kids (like most kids) have no patience in the midst of all the holiday excitement, and want to play with their new toys immediately. Stressful Christmas mornings are now a thing of the past!
I also put aside all manuals (they normally get lost in the shuffle anyway) and wash all clothing before wrapping. My kids get excited about certain articles of clothing (Thomas, Buzz, etc.) and demand that they wear them right away. Washing clothes before wrapping has also cut down on the amount of Christmas day laundry… Which used to be out of control.
What kind of things do you do to make your holidays easier and more relaxing?