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Harveys Yule Rules | Opening Presents at Christmas

The tree is up, the chocolates are out and there are bright lights popping up on houses across the country. The Big Day is looming, and we thought it was about time to tackle another Christmas conundrum.

We asked families in the UK to tell us: In your opinion, should Christmas presents be opened before or after Christmas dinner? The results are in and this week, we had a landslide.


A colossal 74% of the Great British public believe that presents should be opened before lunch, with only 22% waiting until after their feast.

So it’s almost time to grab the tape and start wrapping, but if you’re in the mood to get a little more crafty then we have just the inspiration for you. We asked Jenny from The Gingerbread House blog to show us how to make her stunning festive sign, and it’s surprisingly simple!


I really like vintage style signs and thought it would be fun to upcycle an old piece of wood into a contemporary festive sign. I used a piece of wood, chalk paint, a cordless drill, a string of fairy lights and heavy duty tape.

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The hardest part was choosing a phrase and font to use. Once this had been done I printed it out, cut out the letters to make a template and got painting.


When it was dry I drilled about 20 holes right through the wood and pushed each light into a hole, holding them in place with tape.

Jenny tells us that the whole project took about 2 hours, and we love the end result!

When will you be opening presents? Will you be getting crafty and making your own festive sign for this Yuletide season? If you do, we’d love to see it! Head over to Facebook and Twitter to share your photos.

And if the results of our #HarveysYuleRules survey have you considering your own Christmas, check out what the people of the UK chose as their favourite festive family activity and the answer to the ultimate Christmas dinner centrepiece.


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