Cheating????? The only “cheating” I can associate with Christmas, and I had totally forgotten was my parents would celebrate Christmas on December 24th.
Their reason was that the kids would not want to go to church once they started playing with their toys. It was done by telling the unsuspecting sibling that December 24th was Christmas. They were so busy playing that they never went outside to compare findings with the neighbors.
Today, with all the instant electronic communications, they would have never been able to pull it off.
I will have to ask the sibs if they remember that??? I had long forgotten, but the title of the Advent Calendar made me remember.