My mother's family was German and my father's, Irish. I think our family tradition was a combination of the two. On Christmas Eve we would open our gifts from our family and friends. Then during the night, "Santa" would come and leave our presents from him. When we grew up and knew about Santa, we kept the same tradition: We'd open our family presents on Christmas Eve, but our presents from our parents ("Santa") would be under the tree on Christmas morning! My husband and I kept this same tradition with our kids, who are now grown up and keeping the same tradition with their kids!