My daddy, momma, brother and myself would all exchange gifts from one another on Christmas Eve. But my momma and daddy would save their gifts to each other for after my brother and I went to bed. I would always feel left out and always wanted to just sit and watch. But year after year it never happened. Finally, when I was a senior in high school I got to stay up and watch and take part in it. And also the Christmas before I got married. It was special to me.
Now, Kent and I do the same. We exchanged gifts to each other after the kids go to bed on Christmas Eve. And I plan to keep it that way for as long as I can. And then, if they want, once the kids are older let them be included. Who knows, maybe the tradition with continue on through them.