Happy Christmas Eve Everyone!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, especially for children who are well and truly into the magic of Christmas. With Santa making his way around tonight, many children will be so excited and may find it tricky to drop off to sleep – not ideal if you are like me and still have lots of last minute things to prepare for the big day!
I thought I would share some calming tips for getting children to sleep through on Christmas eve.
- Keep the children busy during the day, plan some festive activities to do such as baking goodies to give leave for Santa, writing him a little letter, get them out in the fresh air for a frosty walk to the park or delivering Christmas cards to family and friends.
- Let the kids have their sugary treats earlier on in the day and try to limit these as the evening progresses so they aren’t bouncing off the walls at bedtime.
- Start the process of bedtime earlier than usual, setting out the carrots for the reindeer, mince pies for Santa and reading some festive bedtime stories will take more time than usual and the children will be more excited than they usually are at bedtime. You could even take a walk around the neighbourhood and spot some amazing Christmas lights before bed to burn off some of their excess energy.
- Doesn’t it always feel lovely getting into beautiful and new bedding. Well if your children are anything like mine they will love some new bedding to get cosy with at the end of the day. Maybe some new christmas pyjamas too. I like to make up my children a Christmas eve box for them to open on the day. This usually has a few treats, some festive colouring, a little toy, fresh pj’s and some carrots and mince pies to leave out in the evening.
If you are an adult who struggles to get to sleep, DUSK have created a Christmas Sleep Hub all around Christmas sleeping, including a Christmas Sleep Calculator, ‘Which Type of Sleeper Are You’ quiz, advice around getting to sleep on Christmas Eve, tips for creating a cosy guest bedroom and more!