Nothing beats seeing the joy on your child’s face when they wake up on Christmas morning (even if it is at 5am). The moment they climb into your bed full of excitement that Santa has been is the moment many parents look forward to the most - and makes all that rushing around getting the shopping and prep finished worth it!
For lots of our Mumsnet users, their child will come in clutching the stocking full of gifts that they left out for Santa the night before and they’ll open the presents together in their bed. The stocking can contain anything from sweets and chocolate treats to little books and toys. This is a tradition that can last for many years, even if it's just to give parents more time to wake up and stop children from going downstairs too early!
For me, traditions we have are stockings that always contain certain items, like socks, chocolate and a satsuma, must be opened in parents bed, and contents pretty much instead of breakfast.
So, if you're wanting an extra hour or so in bed before your living room descends into wrapping paper chaos, here are a few things worth getting while you enjoy opening your stockings together.
For a warm and cosy bedroom
Enjoy a Christmas film in bed
Obviously, as any parent knows, you can only hold your children off for so long and you’ll soon be heading downstairs to watch them excitedly rip open presents from under the tree. If it’s your first Christmas with your child, you may need some gorgeous matching stockings to put out for the whole family or you may be looking for some new stockings for Christmas 2023 - and John Lewis has some gorgeous offerings.
There are knitted stockings, those with a traditional fur trim, personalised options, fun animal themed stockings and even your beloved pets can get in on the fun. A Christmas tradition for the whole family!
Hanging a stocking downstairs that they wake to on their bed, which contains some little activities so they have something to do before the main presents. Coming into bed with parents to open the stocking.
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About John Lewis
Known for much more than just those tear-jerking Christmas adverts, John Lewis is a department store that will accommodate all your needs. From home, garden, electricals, beauty, and fashion it's the perfect place to find a special gift for someone, or for yourself.
About the author
Rebecca Roberts is a writer, editor, and content marketing expert hailing from Leeds. Here at Mumsnet, she brings parents content designed to make life easier. As a mum-of-two, she knows all too well how difficult it can be organising Christmas. So, she's fully invested in finding the best Christmas gift ideas, offers and promotions for families this year.
Beyond her role as an editor here at Mumsnet, Rebecca can be found balancing life as a working mum of two toddlers and when she’s not at her desk, you’ll likely find her at a local playgroup, in a nearby coffee shop, or walking the dog.