6 Things You Didn't Know About the Royal Family Christmas

You'll never believe what Kate likes to give Harry.

Kate Middleton and Prince William pose with their two children.
(Image credit: Kensington Royal/ Chris Jelf)

While we're all busy buying last-minute Christmas gifts (opens in new tab) and choosing our favorite make-ahead breakfasts (opens in new tab) for the morning casserole, the royal family is, well, doing the more of the same. Here are six things Duchess Kate, Prince William, and the rest of the royals are doing to celebrate the holiday season this year. 

Taking family Christmas cards (opens in new tab)

Whether or not you believe the above photo is Photoshopped (opens in new tab) is completely up to you. Us? We're too focused on the adorable reason the snap is perfectly, well, imperfect (opens in new tab)

Attending church service. 

Per usual, the royal family will attend the traditional Christmas Day church service (opens in new tab) at St. Mary Magdalene Church. Fingers crossed Prince George (opens in new tab) will still be on his best behavior—now that he knows what the festivities (opens in new tab) are all about, it can be tough keeping a toddler from getting too excited (then again, is it possible to be too excited on Christmas (opens in new tab)?). 

Going to grandmother's house (opens in new tab)

The whole gang will head over to join Queen Elizabeth at Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, England, according to PEOPLE (opens in new tab). Everyone usually arrives in the early afternoon to enjoy some tea and snacks (hopefully they're festive (opens in new tab)) in the White Drawing Room. 

Doing a white elephant exchange. 

Forget expensive presents. When you've got a big family, secret Santa or white elephant is the way to go. It seems the royals like to go in the latter direction, choosing to exchange silly gifts rather than expensive ones, and Kate reportedly (opens in new tab) gave Prince Harry (opens in new tab) a plastic Grow Your Own Girlfriend kit one year. Oh, Kate, you funny. 

Getting outside. 

Hey, opening presents can tucker you out. But instead of lounging on the couch all day, Prince William (opens in new tab) and Prince Harry (opens in new tab) typically participate in a charity soccer match that pits workers of the Sandringham Estate against villagers from the nearby Castle Rising. Uh, can we get in on that game? Or at least come watch? 

Digging in to dinner. 

While most families enjoy Christmas dinner on the earlier side, Darren McGrady, who worked for the Windsors for 15 years, told  (opens in new tab)PEOPLE (opens in new tab) that the royals normally come together for a festive meal around 8:30 p.m. While we wouldn't be surprised to see some of these (opens in new tab) on the table, McGrady says it's likely some type of game, like pheasant or venison, will be served alongside some roasted winter veggies. 

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Samantha Lefave is an experienced writer and editor covering fitness, health, and travel. She regularly interviews pro athletes, elite trainers, and nutrition experts at the top of their field; her work has appeared in Runner's WorldBicyclingOutsideMen's Health and Women's HealthCosmopolitanGlamour, and more.