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In theory, the thrill of Christmas is coming downstairs to find piles of gifts that seem to have arrived out of nowhere—that is to say, from Santa's workshop. But as everybody who celebrates the holiday knows, there is another, darker impulse at work: the craving to find and open your presents before the 25th.

This year, as in every other, people have ruined Christmas for themselves by sniffing gifts out in the basement, or wherever else they're hidden. (Honestly, though, it's always the basement. Unless you don't have one, in which case maybe they're buried in the backyard?) For what it's worth, though, it sounds like cats and dogs are some of the worst offenders. Patience, pets!

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Thankfully, at least some gift-givers had the foresight to stop this.

Next year, everyone's going to have an alarm system installed in their closets.