One thing I had absolutely ZERO self-control about was having to wait on Christmas morning until everyone in our Happy Home was ready before heading downstairs for presents!
I still struggle with this!
I usually woke up at about 5, raced into my brothers’ room, jumped on their beds to get them going, and then we would all march into the master bedroom to wake up our parents.
One year my brother actually played Bugle Calls on his trumpet to wake them up.
They weren’t too thrilled about it – especially because they had probably just gone to bed a few hours before.
But if they didn’t wake up with us, then they’d miss our faces when we saw the tree for the first time…
What do you do, though, if your Happy Buddies want to get the Christmas Party going before your head has even hit the pillow?
Here is a list of 5 fabulous ways to keep those Happy Buddies from starting Christmas Fun before you’re ready…
1. Baby Jesus in the Hall – I mentioned this idea in an earlier post, but in case you missed it, some friends of mine use the Baby Jesus figure from their nativity set as a signal to their kids that it is time to start Christmas Fun. The deal is that the kids have to stay in their rooms, occasionally peeking into the hall to see if the Baby Jesus has been placed there. Once it has, they are free to run out and meet the semi-well-rested parents by the tree.
2. Come and Worship! – I love this idea because worship and music are so dear to our family. Why not tell your kids that they must stay in their rooms until they hear the sweet sounds of Christmas Music playing? What a great way to announce the arrival of our King. Can’t you just see your kids trooping down the halls to the declarations of, “Joy to the World! The Lord is come!”
3. The Christmas Bell – The hubby’s brother and his wife ring a small bell when it is time for their four girls to emerge from their rooms. Another wonderful sound announcing Jesus’ birth.
4. Early Christmas Stockings – Another mom I know sneaks into her Happy Buddies’ rooms after they have fallen asleep and she hangs their stockings from their bedposts. This way, when they wake up, they are allowed to open up their stockings. She always includes some small toys to keep them busy until a reasonable hour.
5. Underwear Dash – I am not even kidding when I tell you this – My mom told me that when she was growing up, her dad would run around the house wearing only a Santa hat and his underwear, ringing jingle bells. He’d race into each of the kids’ rooms and shout, “Hurry! Hurry! Look out the window! Santa’s been here! We have to try to see him!” And all of the kids would look for Santa while he raced off in his underwear and jingling bells. After the kids tried to see Santa, they would then come downstairs to see the magic Santa had left.
And then her dad put his pants on.
I hope some of these ideas help you and your Happy Homes this Christmas.
But if you are anything like me, then you probably will be up at 5 am right along with them – eager to get on with the Christmas Fun. Ha!
**So then just roll with it and have a tradition where you take a picture of your clock – featuring the exact time your Happy Buddies woke up. Stick those pictures in an album every year and what a fun thing to look back through as they get older!**
Merry Christmas Morning Plan-ing!