How to Wait for Christmas Morning

Three Parts:The day beforeEarly to bed, early to riseOn Christmas morning

Christmas is such an exciting day. Sometimes it is very difficult to wait for the one day in the whole year. The night before Christmas is especially hard. Read this article to see ways to wait for the big guy to slide down your chimney!

Part 1
The day before

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    Do lots of physical things to tire yourself out. For example, help mom and dad with preparation chores around the house, play ball outside, walk the dog or visit a friend and go running, sledding or cycling in the park.
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    Do something you enjoy doing in the evening. Try a quiet and calm activity that draws you right in, such as coloring in, drawing, painting miniatures or weaving a bracelet.
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    Help wrap up presents with your mom, dad or sibling. Wrap any presents you haven't done yet. This can help you to see that the spirit of Christmas is also about ensuring other people deserve joy and excitement too, not just you.
    • Ask mom and dad if there is any present you can open up before they get up. This might be a good way to stave off the excitement until they wake up. And, you can always check Santa's goodies.
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    Write out a list of things you can do if you wake up too early. This can help you to find fun things to do until it's present opening time.
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    Set a time for going downstairs with your family. Your mom and dad might not like you waking them up at 4AM. A time around 7:30 is reasonable to wake your parents up, but let the rest of your family sleep until they wake up naturally.

Part 2
Early to bed, early to rise

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    Try to imagine that it is just another normal night. Follow all of your nighttime routines. Wearing your most comfortable pair of pajamas helps too!
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    Try to clear your mind and refresh it by reading a book. This will help you fall asleep and make you tired. It will also give your mind a topic to think about while you drift off to sleep.
    • You can read Christmas stories but this will make it harder for you to clear your mind!
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    Go to sleep early on Christmas Eve to ensure that you will get your daily eight to ten hours. There is nothing worse than being tired on Christmas! Also, sleeping can help you to pass the time the fastest, without feeling too excited or anxious.
    • If you cannot sleep, try reading some more for a while. Read an exciting book that takes your mind off the next day. Have a glass of warm milk or a turkey sandwich to help induce sleep.
    • Try using traditional sleep methods, such as counting sheep or counting backwards from one hundred. Only allow yourself to think about going to sleep, for example just repeat in your head, "I am going to go to sleep now" over and over.
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    Don't come up with excuses to get up in the middle of the night. You are only letting your body succeed over your excitement. Just go back to sleep.

Part 3
On Christmas morning

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    Try your best to sleep in. If you are the type of person who regularly enjoys sleeping in, why not snooze for an extra hour today? Those presents will still be underneath that tree whether you wake up at 4:00 AM or 10:00 AM. If you're the type of person that gets up early, try to go back to sleep until you think it is an appropriate time to get up.
    • If you wake up very early, see what the big guy brought you.
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    Find things to do if you have to wait for everyone else to wake up. Distracting yourself with fun things will help to pass the time and will stop you from poking the presents to try and guess them. Here are some things you could try:
    • Listen to music. Any kind of music you want but use headphones.
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    • Draw. Make a pretty picture for Santa Claus or your Aunt who is visiting from Ohio. They will love it.
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    • If you are allowed, watch television. It will have to be quiet though. Cartoons that are normally very loud should be down very low.
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    • Read a book. You could get lost in a good book and forget all about yearning for that special time.
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    • Write in your journal. It may seem very boring but, writing about your excitement may get it out. If it isn't fun then maybe you could fall asleep!
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    Wake everyone up when it's time. By this time you should be ready to go and wake up your parents!


  • Most people can't get to sleep if they are excited. Relax and take deep breaths.
  • Try not to think about the presents you are getting because this will only make it harder to fall asleep. Pretend it's just another day.
  • Try showering or bathing just before you go to bed to ensure that you will feel nice and clean.
  • Set a Christmas themed alarm to get you in the mood.


  • It's great to be in the Christmas spirit, but don't overexcite yourself. This will only make it harder to sleep.
  • If you decide to listen to music, skip the Christmas carols. These will only make you more excited for the big day. The same goes for Christmas stories if you decide to read.
  • Don't be too tempted to sneak a peek at your presents, as this too will overexcite you!
  • Do not try to wake up your parents on Christmas morning before they want to wake up. Parents value their sleeping time!
  • If you do wake someone up early by accident apologize and offer to push back the wake up time. You may not want to push back that wake up time but, you did wake them up.

Things You'll Need

  • A quiet place to sleep
  • Your favorite pajamas
  • A book
  • Music playing devices such as iPods and MP3 players

Article Info

Categories: Christmas for Kids