IAN Holloway has questioned why Millwall are making their 240-mile round trip to Norwich City on Boxing Day this season.
Holloway believes the Lions should be facing a London team on Friday, as used to be the tradition during the festive football schedule.
Millwall's players will get to spend part of Christmas day with their families before travelling to East Anglia in the evening.
They must then get back to London ahead of their game with Bournemouth on Sunday.
"It's absolutely ridiculous – for our fans, for the players, everyone," said Holloway. "It's just stupid.
"Christmas is a family time and it should be a local derby. Why that's changed I don't know. For me, it used to be Bristol City vs. Bristol Rovers if they were ever in the same division.
"We could have had Fulham, Charlton or Brentford and that would have been a wonderful scenario, but no, we've got to go to Norwich. Norwich!
"We'll be driving all the way up there on Christmas evening – that's about three hours on a coach. And then we play another game two days later, so it's massively testing."
It is understood the cost of policing local derbies has put paid to rival teams facing each other on December 26th.
Lions defender Mark Beevers, who is back in training after missing the Bolton game through illness, admits a long away journey is not ideal.
But the Yorkshireman says points take priority over presents at Christmas.
"It's different for me because I have got the little 'un this year, it's her first Christmas and we’re away from home," said Beevers.
"Last season we were away at Watford so we managed to get back up north for the evening. This year, we're going to stay down by ourselves.
"It'll be different but it's one of those things – I’ve moved away from home and I'm happy down here.
"It's going to be difficult not seeing my family around Christmas time but we've got games coming up thick and fast and they're the most important thing."