Explaining her decision on online parenting forum Mumsnet, the mum says she won’t be telling her young children it’s Christmas Eve to prevent them getting too excited and being unable to sleep.

“I have this idea, that for this year we won’t tell DC’s [Dear Children] it’s Christmas Eve,” the mum of two writes.

“We don’t do Christmas Eve boxes and they are usually disinterested in their advent calendars by mid-December so don’t really countdown as such.”

She says her children are aged five and six and she’s thinking of keeping the news it is Christmas Eve from them so they get a good night’s sleep. She then plans to wake them up early the next day and announce it is Christmas Day.

“I’m thinking that waking them up early and telling them it’s Christmas morning will be a far bigger and exciting surprise,” she explains.

“Would I be unreasonable or mean for doing this,” she asks.

“I think it’s the only year we’d get away with it. We don’t have any plans for Christmas Eve except a fairly quiet day with just us at home. Friends I’ve briefly discussed this with seem a bit off with it.”

Most parents on the forum disagreed with her decision

“I wouldn’t,” said one . “The build-up is so exciting for children, don’t take that away from them.”

“Waiting for Santa is half the fun,” says another. “I think it seems a bit mean.”

“Don’t you put out milk and biscuits for Santa and a carrot for the reindeer, or track Santa online, watch a Christmas movie or read the night before Christmas,” says one mum.

“It’s not something I would miss out on but if you don’t do anything at all then why not?”

“You can’t do that,” says another. “When I was a kid I was so excited for Christmas Eve. Trying to stay awake to see Santa, the excitement of the next day, don’t take that away from them just so they get a good night sleep.”

“Kids aren’t kids for long, let them enjoy the build-up and don’t suck the fun out of it.”

How could it even be possible?

Our question is how could you even do it?

One – it really is all part of the build up and excitement of Christmas.

But two – you would literally need to stay home for at least 2 or 3 days before hand to avoid all the excitement. PLUS turn your TV and radio off, as it is constantly splashed around media and in the shops for the lead up to Christmas day.

Could you do this to your children?

Share your comments below


  • Do you do the same before birthdays and Easter too? It’s -art of the learning process of having to learn how to contain your excitement. Plus why would you wake them up early – they would be tired all day from an early start – seems
    to defeat the purpose


  • There is no need to hide the fact it’s Christmas Eve from the children because they would already know. Christmas comes but once a year


  • At least they would still get a goodness’s nights sleep


  • I think this is ridiculous. The kids will work out what she is up to after a yr or two of this.


  • We celebrating Christmas eve and opening gifts that evening


  • each to their own really..


  • I couldn’t do it! Even at my age I get so excited on Christmas Eve – I probably couldn’t contain myself!!


  • let children enjoy the magic of Christmas and Christmas Eve. They grow up so quickly and lose their sense of excitement and wonder. I wouldn’t do it.


  • I disagree with her decision however it does have it’s appeal. My kids would certainly sleep better!


  • What the harm. Wouldn’t know until you tried. Although, I do think this takes away from much of the buildup and experience because I do believe whole heartedly that Christmas is a spiritual celebration (which our kids should know about what, how and why we do christmas).


  • Little bit strange! I cant wait until we can do christmas eve activities with our son and see how excited he gets. To take it away from them seems mean to me


  • I don’t really understand the reasoning,


  • I am a big kid and love christmas, my kids count down every day


  • I think this is a bit weird, to be honest.


  • I couldn’t do it.
    I remember the excitement of Xmas eve as a kid and it was almost as fun as Xmas morning was.


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