Prince George and Princess Charlotte Broke Royal Tradition by Waking Up at the Crack of Dawn on Christmas Morn

Totally unnecessary, guys.

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There is no "right" or "wrong" way to celebrate the holidays, but there are definitely traditions that are more common than others. When it comes to opening Christmas gifts, in particular, there are two main camps on the right time to exchange gifts: Christmas Eve gift-openers and Christmas morning gift-openers.

Now, the upsides of Christmas Eve gift-opening are obvious. Not only do you get presents sooner, which is always fun, but you also get to sleep in on Christmas morning because you're not woken up by a burst of excited it's-FINALLY-time-to-open-presents energy (either from inside your own being or from a child who happens to be in the same house as you).

Theoretically, anyway.

On the walk to Christmas morning church services in Sandringham, a fan asked the Cambridges how early they got up that morning and William was totally candid about their early day. "This morning was about 5 a.m.," he said, according to People.

When royal fan Jill Lee got a chance to talk to Kate briefly on the holiday, she said Kate confirmed that the kids were up bonkers early.

"I said to Kate, 'Were the children up early?' and she said, 'Very early, but it was lovely to see their faces,'" according to Hello!.

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Since George, at least, has already been ratted out as a lover of opening gifts, maybe they were just hoping for more excitement? Or maybe Will and Kate and the kids secretly do Christmas morning celebrations as a nuclear family? Or maybe it's just a fact of life that kids everywhere, no matter what their traditions or royal/not-royal status, will wake up with the sun on Christmas morning.


Kayleigh Roberts is the weekend editor at Marie Claire, covering celebrity and entertainment news, from actual royals like Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle to Hollywood royalty, like Katie Holmes and Chrissy Teigen. She’s a Ravenclaw who would do great things in Slytherin. To learn more about her, google “Leslie Knope eating salad GIF.