We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
It was a practice then, that presents, and most times a fully decorated tree, miraculously appeared on Christmas Day, without need for wrapping, as Big Al has suggested. That meant that families could not enjoy tree as decoration for 2 or 3 weeks before Christmas, but then, tying burning homemade candles to dead tree limbs for more than one or two days was not necessarily a good idea. Merry Christmas everyone.
We had one Christmas where presents were not wrapped. (Think the ol' man had a bit too much of the 'nog' and got ticked off at something -- I was too young to remember what might have set him off). Anyhow, for me, and I'm pretty sure my sister and mum, it was a downer. It was like Christmas morning was over in 10 seconds. It was not repeated.
Santa never wrapped our presents when I was a child. There would be a few wrapped gifts from my parents under the tree for a week or so before Christmas, but the gifts that didn't show up until Christmas morning weren't wrapped.