how to keep from opening presents early...
A bunch of boxes arrived the other day, presents from my parents (via Amazon). Immediately, Toby jumped up on top of the boxes and stayed there all damn day, thus limiting me from actually opening the presents.
He did eventually get down, probably to eat (he's big, as you can see), at which time I opened my boxes and retrieved a Dremel, a Farberware knife block, some silverware, some books and a CD. Whee! Good picking-from-a-list, folks!
Toby was upset, of course, that his pile of boxes were no longer, but I did leave one box on the couch and he has been sitting inside of it ever since.