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 (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab) and William was totally candid about their early day. "This morning was about 5 a.m.," he said, according to People (opens in new tab).

When royal fan Jill Lee got a chance to talk to Kate (opens in new tab) briefly on the holiday, she said Kate confirmed (opens in new tab) 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! (opens in new tab).

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

Kayleigh Roberts
Weekend Editor

Kayleigh Roberts is a freelance writer and editor with more than 10 years of professional experience. Her byline has appeared in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, The Atlantic, Allure, Entertainment Weekly, MTV, Bustle, Refinery29, Girls’ Life Magazine, Just Jared, and Tiger Beat, among other publications. She's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.