Another great Christmas tip from Liz:
My brother and I, as kids, were always up well before dawn on Christmas morning, as early as 5! Here’s how Mom kept us quiet until a more reasonable hour: Stockings were free game; we didn’t have to wait for everyone else to wake up to creep down the stairs and grab our stockings. Until we were about 8, Mom put the same toys in our stocking every year. (She’d collect them and hide them away again that night after we were in bed.) This not only saved money, but my brother and I looked forward to those once-a-year toys and games with enthusiasm!
After we’d outgrown those toys, stockings were still fair game, but they contained cheap and silly things for us to play with in the wee hours of morning. (One of my favorites was a can of shaving cream: my brother and I spent a happy hour building sculptures with it in the bathtub!)