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7 Ways Christmas is Different When You’re No Longer a Kid

7 Ways Christmas is Different When You're No Longer a KidThe magic is in the air friends! Christmas is less than two weeks away and while adults are super busy getting all the behind-the-scene things done, our kids are checking off their calendars — excited for the day Santa comes.

Christmas was one of my favorite times when I was a kid. I can still remember the excitement of the last day of school before the holiday break. I remember the fun of making a wish list and of course, how impossible it was to sleep on Christmas Eve.

Now that I am an adult with three kids of my own, the magic is a little different. I am more concerned with making things fun and happy for the kids and the magic goes away for me a bit. It’s not better — just different and it’s funny how different the holidays are for kids vs. when you’re an adult.

Click through to read 7 ways Christmas time is different as an adult than a child:


  • The Morning 1 of 7
    The Morning
    When you're a kid you wake up far earlier than you ever would on another day just to get to your presents.
    When you're an adult, it's the one day you could sleep in, but you have to get up before the sun with your kids and their excitement.
    Photo credit: photostock.
  • The Wish List 2 of 7
    The Wish List
    When you're a kid you spend a lot of time perfecting your wish list, making sure everything's on there.
    When you're an adult, the wish list is now a giant to-do list. Not quite the same thing.
    Photo credit: photostock.
  • The Family Time 3 of 7
    The Family Time
    When you're a kid, you're excited to get together with family so you and your cousin of the same age can get into some trouble.
    When you're an adult, having to get together with your whole family is not what you're looking forward to. It's all drama and craziness.
    Photo credit: photostock.
  • The Traditions 4 of 7
    The Traditions
    When you're a kid the only tradition you want to start is well, opening the presents.
    When you're an adult, you want to make sure your kids grow up with traditions so you set in place breakfast, caroling, and gift-giving, with presents being the last.
    Photo credit: photostock.
  • The Bedtime 5 of 7
    The Bedtime
    When you're a kid you chose Christmas Eve to go to bed before the sun goes down. No other time would you ever do that.
    When you're an adult, you can't go to bed early on Christmas Eve, someone has to play Santa.
    Photo credit: photostock.
  • Santa Clause 6 of 7
    Santa Clause
    When you're a kid you get super excited (or well, scared) to see Santa and tell him what you want for Christmas.
    When you're an adult, you have to deal with the rash the rented Santa beard gave you.
    Photo credit: photostock.
  • The Big Gift 7 of 7
    The Big Gift
    When you're a kid you have that one gift on your list you're dying to get. Hopeful, you search for that on Christmas day.
    When you're an adult, you have no idea what your child is talking about with their big gift. On Christmas day you're hopeful you didn't mess up and get the wrong thing.
    Photo credit: photostock.

Photo credit: adapted from iStockphoto 

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