My family gets a little crazy when it comes to Christmas. Especially Christmas morning. See, my kids get a little excited about opening presents. In fact, just three years ago, the entire family was up at 3:30am opening presents together. My son could not sleep that year because he was so excited. He kept calling us with his cell phone (we had threatened him not to come out of his room, and gave him a cell phone to call us so we could give him the all-clear….thinking that we wouldn’t get that call until at least 6am). He literally called every 30 minutes, beginning at midnight. Finally at 3:30, we caved and let everyone come down. By 7, we were done opening presents, had played with everything (including being outside riding bikes or scooters) and were ready to take naps.
Ever since that pre-dawn package opening session, my wife and I have been on the elusive hunt for something to keep our kids in bed on Christmas morning.
Last year, we found the PERFECT thing. A super-long, swim until your arms fall off, session at the pool on Christmas eve. You may recall that my son swims competitively year-round.
And so, Christmas Eve morning, my son, youngest daughter and I headed to the pool. She swam about 2500 yards. I did 5000. My son swam 10,000 yards. In fact, he was in the pool so long that I left, went home to shower and eat lunch and then came back to pick him up. But the plan worked! That night, he went to sleep without any argument. We ended up having to wake him up on Christmas morning! It was awesome!
Now, this is going to become a tradition for the Tri Madness family. We’re doing it again this year. And so can you! You can join in and participate in the Tri Madness Swim-Till-Your-Arms-Fall-Off Extravaganza too!
Below, you’ll find my workout. Roughly 5000 yards of sheer arm exhausting bliss. Go find yourself a pool that’s open on Christmas Eve and give it a shot. If you’re really adventuresome, double it. Or, if your last name ends is Lochte, triple it. Either way, I guarantee that you will sleep really well on Christmas Eve – and you won’t hear the reindeer trampling all over your roof.