Tom Buchanan/SilverHub/REX/ShutterstockThe royal family has had a busy few months. Their schedules have been packed with plenty of positive, regular people things, like preparing to welcome a new child to the family, planning a big wedding, and ruling over the largest coalition of nations in the world. And, of course, it’s the Christmas season, a time of emotional taxation for everyone—even the Queen breaks with tradition during the holidays.
But amid all the hustle and bustle for the House of Windsor, the royals always manage to upkeep their family’s Christmas traditions, with a fairly filled morning schedule. On Christmas day, the royal family gathers together for morning service at St. Mary Magdalene in Sandringham, a tradition dating back to the 16th century. Because of this, there’s no time for Prince George and Princess Charlotte to open presents on Christmas morning.
But this doesn’t mean that gift giving is stricken from the agenda entirely. The royal family follows a tradition that has German roots; on Christmas Eve, at teatime, everyone opens their presents, according to the royal family’s website. How Stuff Works explains that in Germany, children will traditionally open presents right at nightfall when their parents signal them to come into their Christmas tree room using bells.
So, Prince George has to wait one less day to see if Santa got him everything on his list. In terms of royal family traditions, this is definitely one most families wouldn’t mind adopting. Here are 10 other royal family holiday traditions you may want to steal this year, too.
[Source: Good To Know]