How did your family open presents when you were a kid? Did your DH's family have a different method?
I ask b/c at Thanksgiving it came up that my family passes out one present to each person (somebody plays Santa each "round") and then we alternate who opens first in each round and generally we all comment on and admire each person's gift, unless its something very boring like socks, etc. We sometimes get up and personally kiss and thank the person that gave us a particularly thoughtful or expensive gift. It takes awhile to open presents this way, but its the way we've always done it.
DH's family is basically in a rush to open all the presents as quickly as possibly. So, you can freqently miss someone opening your gift or you really have to get someone's attention to thank them, etc. Each person goes and finds a gift to give someone and if you don't give them your gift, its rare that anyone else will. At the end, everyone sort of says a general thank you and "wow, this is all great, thanks so much, etc."
DH thought his family's way is the more common and was kind of laughing at my family for being so slow and formal, but then my BIL (who has a much larger family) told us that his family did it the same way and when he first started dating SIL, he was really surprised at how quickly they raced through opening presents.
How does your family open presents and has it changed alot over the years? Do you do differently in your own home now?