Why Prince George and Princess Charlotte aren't allowed to open presents on Christmas day

Publish Date
Wednesday, 13 December 2017, 2:18PM
Photo: Getty Images

Photo: Getty Images

Whenever the word Christmas comes up, the first word that probably springs to mind will most definitely be PRESENTS!

After barely sleeping with excitement, most children wake up early and run for the tree to see what Santa has brought them.

But for Prince George and Princess Charlotte, when they spend the festive season with the royal family, they attend the morning service at St Mary Magdalene on Christmas Day... and don't open any presents.

This is because it's royal tradition that all members of the family open their presents on Christmas Eve.

According to former royal chef Darren McGrady: "The royals are of German descent, so they weave in German traditions to their celebrations. After afternoon tea, they open gifts on Christmas Eve, as is the German tradition."

The royal family's unusual tradition has also been confirmed on their official website.

In response to the question 'Do The Royal Family give each other presents?' the site explains: "On Christmas Eve, The Royal Family lay out their presents on trestle tables and will exchange their gifts at teatime."

So will the little royals ever know what it's like to wake up at 5am on Christmas morning to open their presents?

It's likely that when Charlotte and George spend the holidays at the Middleton's home they wait until Christmas morning to open their presents and will be able to experience that feeling we all felt when we were younger, waking up at 5am to open Santas prezzies!