Our hopes for Christmas eve & our Christmas morning routine

In just five more sleeps, it will be Christmas day! Can you believe it? Because I can’t! I think it is absolutely bonkers at how fast December has gone by but it’s also pretty exciting too. The Husband and I have worked tirelessly to try and make everything ‘just-so’ before Christmas eve as we would like a quiet one. Having a quiet Christmas eve is something very unknown to us – I’m sure you can relate! So this year we aiming for a nice & relaxed day before the Christmas madness. 

I’ve collaborated with Happybeds in their Christmas campaign to share with you how we plan on spending our Christmas Eve & how we aim to spend Christmas day! So, let’s get started, shall we? 

My kids are all pretty good sleepers {don’t hate me!} so I can expect a nice lie-in until around 8 am on Christmas Eve morning. Also, Christmas Eve is the final day for our Elf on the Shelf antics and Tinsel & Holly always leave the kids an extra special North Pole breakfast for them to enjoy.

After breakfast, the eldest daughter and I will get stuck into whatever baking we need to make for Christmas day. We have Christmas dinner at my Sister-in-laws and it has become sort of a tradition for us to bring the desserts. This year I’ll be making my delicious Chocolate Fudge cake – annually requested by my little Brother-in-Law. As well as a Pavlova & an apple crumble. So Ellie and I have our hands full on Christmas eve with our baking plans. 

However, in among the endless ingredients and heat in the kitchen – I want to hang out with my bunch too. We plan to watch a movie, maybe play a board game and then deliver my eldest sons their Christmas Eve boxes. Sneakily, when we leave the house, I’ll play the “I’ve forgotten something card”. Then I will leave the kids their own Christmas Eve bags {a goodbye gift from the elves} as a nice treat when we get back from our walk. 

From this point, it will be bathtime for everyone, dinner and bedtime – which will be at around 8 pm. Not before they leave out a mince pie and some milk for Santa and carrots for the Reindeer, of course! 

On the subject of bedtime, it’s natural that the kids will be beside themselves with excitement. But they are all great sleepers, so I have no worries about that. It is the time the kids will decide to get up at on Christmas morning that concerns me. It’s a given that they are great sleepers and love a lie-in, however, Christmas morning is a different story. I predict, they’ll get up around 7 am and the Christmas wake up a calculator from Happybeds predicted 0655am – so I was close!

The average child gets up at around 0644hrs – did you know that? Having good sleepers, seeing that time on the clock would actually make me cry. To avoid that we aim to not give them kids any sugary foods before bedtime and with a good long walk during the day – they should be good & tired when bedtime comes around. Happybeds have put together a Christmas Wake Up Calculator – which uses researched data to show parents what time their kids will wake on Christmas morning.

Our Christmas morning is generally manic! With three excited children up and BURSTING to open their gifts – the living room goes from nice & tidy to covered in wrapping paper in no time at all. It’s impressive if anything! After gift opening, hugs and other festive fun we will have breakfast.

Once little bellies have been satisfied, my Dad, Brother & two eldest sons come to visit for a few hours. There is more gift opening & hugging – it’s always lovely to see my Dad watch the kids open their gifts. I also get my annual full family photo too {which is my Christmas highlight!} because my sons aren’t big fans of having their photos taken. But they let me have my one Christmas wish every year! We don’t have many family photos with me and all five of my babies, so I could not treasure these photos more! 


After we’ve said goodbye to my two eldest sons, Dad & Brother – we will then hop into a taxi to my Sister in Laws. Which is where we will spend the rest of our day. We will enjoy great food, open more gifts and have some good old fashioned festive banter. It will also be my Husbands, little Brothers 16th birthday. Sixteen is a big deal and what a shame that we will be having more cake!

So that is our Christmas Eve and Christmas day plans. They are going to be a little crazy but I plan to soak up every second because it will be over before we know it! 

What is your Christmas Eve routine and what time would your little ones get up on Christmas morning?

*This is a collaboration post



  1. Jem
    20/12/2018 / 4:13 PM

    I can’t believe Christmas is next week!!! I’m hoping to go to a carol service on Christmas Eve.

  2. Olivia Jade
    20/12/2018 / 5:03 PM

    I am working for most of Christmas eve sadly, however, I plan on watching Christmas films and tucking into some lovely food when I get home! x

  3. 20/12/2018 / 9:32 PM

    Ahh that’s a great routine. We are doing the Christmas Eve box this year and it’s the first year my son is really excited as he’s only 3

  4. 20/12/2018 / 9:48 PM

    It sounds like you have an amazing Christmas Eve / Morning planned. I love how you have a whole routine in place, I have to admit I just roll out of bed and just hope a lot of the time.

  5. 21/12/2018 / 8:16 AM

    I always give my presents out on Christmas eve and have ever since I got my first job so I do that then we have a nice dinner at my Nan’s before going our separate ways to meet up again on Xmas morning x

  6. 23/12/2018 / 10:28 PM

    I really hope my kids stay in bed longer than that 6am wake up you mention!!! Oh my gooodness!!!! lol

  7. Jem
    28/12/2018 / 12:19 AM

    I love your Christmas morning for fitting. I hope you had a lovely day

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