How is opening a kiln like Christmas morning? Well, strangely, it is. When I fire up the kiln, I usually candle it slowly, with a three to five hour warm up period. This means that each firing can take up to 16 hours. Most kiln loads are mixed loads of bisque ware, and glaze ware. Sometimes, I put student work (3rd graders) into the kiln. Sometimes, I'm even forcing the student work to dry quickly. Because each load contains finished work, it's always difficult to wait for the results.
Our family celebrated Christmas with some annual traditions. On Christmas Eve, we were allowed to open only one present. I believe that this is actually a Danish custom. On Christmas morning, we had to get dressed before heading in to the Christmas tree (and to our presents). There was a sense of anticipation that built from that one unwrapped gift on Christmas Eve.
You might notice that the temperature in the first photo is 297 degrees. It has got to cool a bit more. In the second picture, even Betty the dog is waiting.