What do you get up to on Christmas Eve?

Mother and daughter snuggle up

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring – aside from the parents whisper-shouting ‘where’s the bloody sellotape?’ over piles of unwrapped presents, of course.

Whether you prefer your Christmas Eve to be absolute chaos or a chance to chill, here are few suggestions for the best ways to spend it this year.

Take a moment to appreciate nature
Family plays with leaves

“We take a long walk in the woods with the children and dog and then go to the family nativity service.”

Or maybe get the boring stuff out of the way
Woman cleans under Christmas tree

“I tidy around in the morning and cook a ham joint. Then I get the table ready for Christmas dinner the next day.”

Anything to stay out of the kitchen
Family eats pizza

“A takeaway followed by a Christmas film and a lovely story in bed.”

And everything to channel Santa Claus
Woman makes Christmas gifts excitedly

“Get dressed up in something red. Deliver gifts to friends and family at the speed of light. Drink. Eat. Drink. Eat. Drink. Eat. Drink. Admire everyone's Christmas trees.”

Make it Christmas jumper day all over again …
Man dances in ugly christmas jumper

“It's compulsory to wear a Christmas jumper, and there's always mulled wine for the adults, and a hot chocolate decorating station for the kids!”

Maybe a dazzling light display would do?
Christmas lights

“In a nearby road, loads of the houses have really elaborate lights and decorations, so we go and see them. It's so Christmassy, we love it.”

Double-down on traditions while you wait
Family prays together

“After dinner, the youngest in the house lights the Christmas Candle (to show that there is 'room in our inn' – an Irish tradition). Then we remember the highs and lows of the year and say a prayer for those who are no longer with us.”

Or just skip the waiting altogether
Ron eats chicken

“Christmas Eve is the day we celebrate rather than Christmas Day – big meal of ham and various casseroles, a visit to the sauna, and Father Christmas (i.e. a neighbour dressed up) comes around with the presents and hands them out after the children sing a song to him.”

Christmas can be a hectic time of year for families, so whether it’s a quick coffee when you’re out shopping or popping in on Christmas Eve for some free Reindeer Treat carrots, McDonald's can help you get #ReindeerReady on your way to Christmas 2018.

What do you do on Christmas Eve? Join the conversation.