I want my kids to go to bed early on Christmas Eve.
I said it.
But I don’t think I’m alone.
I need the last few hours on Christmas Eve to wrap remaining presents, prepare our annual Christmas breakfast and toss the last bit of goodies into my kids stockings.
Because you and me both know that parents are the REAL Santa, right?
While millions of children think Santa is flying through th air, it’s really parents who are staying up all night making the finish touches to create a most festive Christmas day!
But, I digress..;0)
I’ve brainstormed, crowd-sourced and stolen some of my mom friend’s BEST tips. (Totally joking, we openly share our tips to help each other. Nothing is stolen. All is FREELY given for personal and commercial use..ha!)
We often chat about motherhood and we just so happened to compile a list (in our heads) of GENIUS ideas to get your kids to bed early on Christmas Eve.
And I, being the blogging friend, decided to share them with my mom readers.
Love you gals! <3
And, I may not be at your house on Christmas Eve to wish you a happy holiday, so this is the next best thing, right?
And your kids?
Whether they realize it or not, truly and desperately need all the rest they can snag on Christmas Eve.
They have a BIG day on December 25th!
Ready for our TOP GENIUS tips?
Genius Tips to Get Your Kids to Bed Early on Christmas Eve
- Plan a FULL day of fun. This is my personal go-to. When I know that I need (or desperately want) my kids to head to bed early at the end of the day, I make sure we all keep a fast pace that day. Here’s a few ideas to keep your Christmas Eve Day packed full of fun!
- Go caroling.
- Check out all the Christmas displays in your city’s downtown.
- Build snowmen.
- Have a snowball fight.
- Collect pinecones.
- Watch Chritma movies.
- Make Christmas crafts.
- Go ice skating.
- Bake Christmas cookies for Christmas day.
Rather than suddenly announcing “Bedtime!” (which is bound to elicit groans), give them time warnings to signal that they should start winding things down. If they are watching Christmas movies, let them know that after the current one goes off, they need to get ready for bed. Or tell them a specific time when they need to stop all activities begin their bedtime routine. Then stick to that!
Do you use any other GENIUS ways to get kids to bed early on Christmas Eve? Be sure to share your ideas in our community of moms on Facebook!
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Once your kids are all tucked in, go create some Christmas magic for your family! And may your family have a super special holiday this year!