Why before breakfast?
Because it was a valuable computer game or expensive toy that had to be opened immediately.
Because it WAS the breakfast.
Yes, we always surprised them every year by wrapping up their Christmas or birthday breakfast.
What was in it?
It was a parcel of smoked salmon, syrupy pancakes and croissants.
It was a box of sugary cereal.
We didn't let our kids have sugary cereals on a day-to-day basis. They now, in their late twenties and thirties, swear that this was a form of deprivation.
I'll just say this in my own defence. The kids still have all their teeth. And they also have a memory of a childhood ritual no other child in Britain will have ...
The childhood ritual was this. On special occasions, we made an exception to the sugary cereal rule, wrapping up a bo…