This week, my daughter Noff came from a get-together with some of her friends. One of the friends she met had known her since primary school and had come to every one of her birthday parties, which we throw every year. She told Noff she appreciated that we never opened gifts in front of the guests.
I thought that every family faces the question about opening gifts in public at some point, and it is better to have a philosophy about it than to deal with the challenge again and again.
in this post, I would like to share with you my philosophy.
It all started many years ago, when I was in 2nd Grade. In my hometown, it was the tradition that on Friday evenings, children would invite their classmates to a birthday party. Luckily for me, the tradition was to invite the whole class. Otherwise, I would probably attend 3-4 birthday parties a year.
Since this was common and we had about 35-40 kids in a class, we had a birthday party roughly every week. Not all the kids were allowed do have a party at home. Since it was costly, most of the those who could have a party were rich and I was one of the poor kids. The first time I had a party at my house was when I was 17 years old.