Do you tell the dc they are not allowed up before a certain time Xmas morning?

(45 Posts)
Bluemonkeyspots Sat 07-Dec-13 19:24:07

I hate the idea of doing this

BUT

we have two older dc (12&10) and two younger (toddler and baby) if the older two wake the younger two up in the middle of the night we will all be up and it will be a long miserable crabbit Christmas Day.

Dd1's birthday was 2 months ago and we were wakened up about 10 times between 2am and 5.50 when we finally gave in.

Feels wrong saying "don't dare come through till at least 6.30" but I'm tempted. Was not so bad in previous years but not now we have four of them to deal with all day with excitement tiredness and sugar rushes!

Ours dont get up any earlier grin

NCISaddict Sun 08-Dec-13 09:51:22

Mine always got up at normal time (6.30am) but we did keep Christmas eve peaceful with stories and bath time by candlelight. Also only stockings were opened before breakfast then big presents before lunch.
Now they're older I have to wake them if we're to fit in present opening before lunch which has to be at one for FIL.

IThoughtThat Sun 08-Dec-13 09:47:11

Mine never woke earlier than normal. We didn't instantly open the pressies so maybe that encouraged them to stay in bed. They were ridiculously excited though.
I would not let a 12 and 10 year old get up before the toddler and baby. I imagine it's quite early anyway.

CalamitouslyWrong Sun 08-Dec-13 09:28:51

We have a 7am rule in this house too.

Last year I was awake first and had to wait ages for everyone else. We had to wake DS2 (then 3) up. He might be more keen to get up this year, but he still won't be allowed up before the sun comes out in his gro clock.

qazxc Sun 08-Dec-13 09:28:31

Another vote for Stockings with things to occupy, wrap them using LOADS of scellotape so that it takes quite a while for DC's to get them open. At 10 and 12 they can read time and be told, you can open your stockings but don't wake up anyone/make any noise til X time.

JeanSeberg Sun 08-Dec-13 09:27:50

No way would I put up with that from a 10 and 12 year old, don't care if it's birthday or Christmas.

Methe Sun 08-Dec-13 09:21:20

It's normally me that wakes up first and anything after half 6 is fair game in this house.

MummyPig24 Sun 08-Dec-13 09:17:16

We have had a gro clock for the last 3 years so we just set it for the normal time (6.45) and when they get up we get up as normal. It stops any crazy waking times.

TheDayOfMyDoctor Sat 07-Dec-13 22:35:18

DS (5) was sank what time he could get up (though last year I ended up having to wake him up! We've agreed on 6am. However, I always wake up ridiculously early on Christmas morning, so any time from 5 is fine with me but not with DH

2kidsintow Sat 07-Dec-13 22:29:09

They are old enough to know that you don't want to be up too early. And definitely old enough to be told that it's unkind to wake the younger ones, leaving them too tired to enjoy the day later.

Last year, DD2 was 8 and she announced that she'd woken up at 6, seen that Father Christmas had been, but had gone back to sleep as she'd known it was too early.

Good girl.

lade Sat 07-Dec-13 22:17:21

Yep, I've reported it, and asked for it to be removed!

NCISaddict Sat 07-Dec-13 22:15:43

Wrong thread lade?

lade Sat 07-Dec-13 22:15:25

Stupidly put this on the wrong thread - asked for it to be removed!!

lade Sat 07-Dec-13 22:12:05

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

MsJupiterJones Sat 07-Dec-13 21:25:06

We were allowed to open one stocking present alone and were not to wake Mum before 7 (might have been 6.30). I used to go into my sister's room and we'd find presents that looked the same and open them at the same time, so that would keep us occupied for a while. I like the idea of a few 99p presents that they are allowed to open & play with.

DH used to open his presents as soon as he woke up, not even with his brother or sister, which I thought sounded sad although I think he enjoyed it - just what you're used to I guess. But we loved all climbing into bed with Mum and opening them together (and I think she liked being able to see our faces when we did smile)

NearTheWindmill Sat 07-Dec-13 21:04:07

I will be struggling to get them out of their beds for 9.30 mass on Christmas morning. Wasn't a problem when they were little - is now and they only have to come twice a year. DS tries to insist he's entitled to lie in on his birthday and that Mary wouldn't have woken Jesus up from a nice sleep.

CoffeeQueen187 Sat 07-Dec-13 21:00:38

I'm normally the one waking the kids up on Christmas Day grin

I end up running in their rooms and diving on their beds shouting "it's Christmas, Father Christmas has been!!!"

I get well too excited about it for a 26 year old grin

Not been an issue so far as my two (5 and 1) sleep till a decent time in the morning anyway, and they're in my bed, but if it was different then it would definitely be a post 7am event. No way would I start it earlier. They could watch the iPad for a bit if they did wake up earlier.

mysteryfairy Sat 07-Dec-13 20:54:21

7am has always been the rule here but now they are 18,17 and 11 not sure if they will even want to get up that early.

We are going for 12 midday this year!!!! Kids are 18, 16 and 12. The eldest has a part time job in a nightclub, I will be picking him up at 5am on Christmas morning then going back to bed!! The younger two can open stockings but I would like us all to open presents together and a late start seems the only feasible option sad

hugoagogo Sat 07-Dec-13 20:46:44

Not before 7.30 here, but they open their stockings by themselves earlier.

Growing up we had to wait for Grandad to light the fire and Ps and GPs to drink tea before we could go down. hmm

Shall I go for 07:00 this year, now that they're teenagers? fhmm

ChoudeBruxelles Sat 07-Dec-13 20:32:02

Yes. If you get up before 6.30 here Father Christmas might not have finished doing the presents downstairs and you run the risk of not getting anything. I'm mean, but also very grumpy when tired

I used to say not before 05:00 but it's 06:00 now they're older. Remembers the 04:00 wake ups with horror

Katieweasel Sat 07-Dec-13 20:29:14

We had a very early start last year! This year Santa is leaving a DVD and a book with a snack and a note to say not to wake mummy and daddy until 7am.

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