Top 10 Best Things to Do on Christmas Morning (Besides Opening Presents)

Christmas morning is often associated with the joy of opening presents, but let's be honest, there's so much more to it than just tearing into beautifully wrapped gifts.

Imagine waking up to a world covered in a fresh blanket of snow, the silence only broken by the distant sound of carolers singing. You could put on your coziest slippers and enjoy a steaming cup of hot cocoa by the fireplace. Or maybe gather the family for a cheerful Christmas movie marathon or engage in playful snowball fights with the neighborhood kids.

But beyond these whimsical activities, Christmas morning can be a time for reflection and connection. Some people choose to spend the morning volunteering at local shelters, giving back to the community, or attending a heartfelt church service.

These activities, each with its own unique charm and significance, contribute to making Christmas morning a magical and meaningful occasion. It's a time that invites you to slow down and savor the simple joys, embrace the company of loved ones, and cultivate a sense of gratitude and warmth.
The Top Ten
1 Wake Up Before Everyone Else

When my brother and I were kids, we would always wake up super early on Christmas morning, like 5 am or 6 am. We would be so excited! We'd run downstairs into the lounge, see all the presents, and our jaws would just drop. We had TONS, and our faces would light up at the sight of all the presents. We would run back up the stairs into my parents' bedroom, shout at my mom and dad, "IT'S CHRISTMAS!" and jump all over their bed until they got up. Then once everyone was up, we'd all go downstairs and open the presents. My parents spoiled us rotten every year, but we were always grateful and knew we were very lucky to have all these gifts, as both of my parents had fairly paid jobs. We knew the real meaning of Christmas though. In the end, my parents banned us from getting up until the sun came up on Christmas morning. They got sick of being woken up at 6 am on Christmas day. LOL! In the winter, the sun rises later. I'd be up early as usual, but I'd sit by my window waiting for sunrise. LOL! I used to get so excited when I was a kid. Being a kid was the best times.

2 Watch a Christmas TV Show or Movie

I like to watch The Polar Express on Christmas morning!

The Backyardigans episodes The Secret of Snow and Action Elves Save Christmas Eve.

A Christmas Story is the best movie to watch on Christmas Day (in my opinion).

3 Eat a Special Christmas Breakfast

My dad would always take me and my sisters out to Kroger or something and buy us a Christmas morning breakfast treat. I usually chose Twinkies

I always wake up early on Christmas morning and make food for everyone and take a shower when they are eating, and when family is showering, I clean up after their food messes! It's the best way to start the day with a good nutritious meal!

Am I the only one who doesn't eat breakfast on Christmas Day?

4 Wake Everyone Up With Some Sort of Loud Annoying Noise

What better way than to get everyone up to open presents with a startling noise? It will be such a startling sound that they won't realize it's Christmas - they just woke up - and then when they do, they will be excited about presents and won't care who just gave them the biggest fright of their lives! Plus, it's funny for the person who did it.

With my brother, it is Face ID into my dad's phone, and I go to the Nest app and test the smoke alarms. They all go off!

My family doesn't like my death metal growling. It's time...

5 Honor When Jesus Christ Was Born

Jesus Christ wasn't born on Christmas day, despite the name. It's pagan, and I am a Christian, but you should still celebrate Jesus any day and every day, or at least think about him and discovering God if you're an atheist.

Christmas is obviously about Christ. It is literally in CHRISTmas. I get that people don't like looking at religion and the eyes, but you are going to worship a made-up Santa Claus who gives material gifts rather than the true God who gives you life and breath, literally holding you together at this moment.

I know Christ was most likely not born on December 25th, but that is no reason not to celebrate Jesus' birth.

6 Sleep
7 Shower
8 Sing Christmas Carols
9 Watch the Queen's Speech On TV
10 Take a Christmas Morning Walk
The Contenders
11 Carry New Presents to Your Room

Well I have my stocking and sacks in my room because i am from Australia but I love to look at all my presents and have them all layered out.

I always do this! As soon as I have opened my presents, I carry them to my room.

12 Listen to Christmas Tunes

I absolutely LOVE listening to Christmas music as soon as I get up on Christmas morning. When I was younger, I would always hop out of bed at like 5 or 6am and would run to the living room and literally stare at the tree for like 10 minutes, looking at the gifts Santa brought for me and my sisters, and trying to figure out what was in that beautiful Christmas wrapping paper. As soon as I was done with that, I would immediately turn on the TV and play my familys' Christmas playlist. It was the best.

13 Wear Something Special
14 Watch a Christmas Parade
15 Play a Board Game
16 Prank Your Family
17 See How Many Presents You Have

I did this every single Christmas morning as a kid. I would get up at 5 or 6am and run to the family room, hoping to have the most full stocking, or the most amount of presents.

I love to do this because it's so much fun to see who has more presents out of all your siblings and I would always have the most it's just so fun you just have to do this at Christmas.

18 Organize Presents

I would always wake up super early and run downstairs as a kid. Then I would put all of my presents in the front of the tree, and my sisters in the back. Hey, don't judge me! Who doesn't want to be the one to open the first present?

19 Go to the Waterpark
20 Have a Nice Drink
21 Go Downhill Skiing
22 Eat Candy

Eating candy is just a great way to kick off Christmas day. It gets you even more excited than you were going to sleep on Christmas Eve!

23 Number Every Present

My parents always did this to make Christmas longer. we numbered every present and wrote it down on a paper and said went to and then my parents would say '' ella you need to find present number 1. something like that

This is so good just seeing how many presents you have and seeing if you have more then your sibling.

24 Play with Pets
25 Try On All Your Clothes
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