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


  • ITs a fun and an exciting time of the year she should tell them of course


  • I couldn’t do it. Good luck to her, I don’t know if it’s possible with all the attention Christmas gets, but she can try.
    Honestly I grew up loving Christmas. As an adult I still love it, because to me it’s a bit of fun, a lot of joy and family. I have tried to instill that same excitement into my daughter and will do with no2 as she gets older. I think it worked, as soon as decos came out on the shelves, she excitedly jumped up and down yelling “Christmas”.


  • The children will be asking her when is Christmas – what is she going to say then?


  • I doubt anyone could get away with this. Too many friends, TV, radio and social media and even at 6 and 5 they know how to count the days. If Christmas Day is the 25th then they know when it’s Christmas Eve. Think this just might backfire.


  • Each to their own on what they do. For this family it may work , for others it maybe would not work. For us it would be hard as we go to church.


  • I really don’t know how you’d get away with it.


  • I have to do this with other things otherwise is a contestant when is it, is it time yet, how long, how many sleeps etc lol
    Don’t think I would be able to do it for Christmas though as I get too excited ????


  • I remember trying to stay up late or catch Santa in his tracks I would go to sleep really late and wake up really early in the morning. I personally think it’s a good idea. But the kids do miss out on feeding the reindeer carrots


  • I think it’s a brilliant idea. It’s not like she’s going to do it for years. By the sound of it, it’s only happening this year. There will be more xmases where they can bake and put treats out for Santa and check out the lights.


  • For me growing up, Christmas Eve was so magical! Leaving cookies and milk for Santa and carrots and water for the reindeer was such a magical experience, and one me and my sister (and parents no doubt) have very fond memories of. To take this away from a child seems mean to me. In the grand scheme of things (in my opinion) there are so few Christmases that children are little enough to truly be so caught up in the moment and for us to see that wonder and excitement in their eyes. The pure joy and wonder in my child’s face as he gets these things ready on Christmas eve is worth more than a good night sleep, and I would never do this to my son just so I could sleep through the night!


  • I think they would know if they have contact with the outside world.


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