The Christmas Eve Box tradition
When I first heard about the idea of a Christmas Eve Box, my initial reaction was, "You're kidding! More presents for the kids?!" But when I found out the idea behind the tradition and the contents of the box I was totally sold. I LOVE Christmas and the Christmas Eve Box just adds to the fun and excitement for everyone.
Basically, you collate a few items together in a box that is to be opened on Christmas Eve. The anticipation and contents ramp up the excitement levels but also engage the kids in some fun activities with the family to make the magic of Christmas shine even brighter.
The first time we had a Christmas Eve Box we were spending Christmas at the grandparents and I thought it would be a nice surprise for the kids after a really long drive to get there. Of course, you do have to endure literally HOURS of kids asking, "Can we open it now? It's Christmas Eve" starting at about 8am!
We usually use an old carboard box and just wrap the box itself. But you can wrap each item individually before putting it in the box (for those who aren't completely and utterly over wrapping by this point!) or just pop the items into a gift bag. We also add a big sticker to say "TO BE OPENED ON CHRISTMAS EVE" just so it doesn't get mixed up with other presents. We don't want the kids opening their best presents accidentally before Christmas even arrives!
Traditonally, we include a DVD, popcorn, crackers for everyone, chocolate elves (the ones with popping candy so that Grandma makes those "ooh" noises!), marshmallows for the hot chocolate and sprinkles and chocolate sauce for ice-cream. If you need some inspiration, Pinterest has a multitude of ideas.
Ideas for your Christmas Eve box
New pyjamas are a popular choice for the Christmas Eve Box. But if you don't want to splash out on new PJs, you could pop in some Santa hats for the kids to wear.
Remember if you're including some edible goodies, don't put in anything that might melt or smush! Try some of these festive treats:
- Christmas candy cane cookies
- Chocolate star biscuits
- Christmas shortbread
- Mars bar Christmas crackles
Obviously you can't include the ice-cream itself but some toppings will still get the kids in the mood for a frozen treat. Try hundreds and thousands, chocolate sauce, wafer biscuits or fruit sauces.
A milky drink before bed will hopefully send the kids off to sleep before Santa is knocking at the door. Pop in some hot chocolate sachets and marshmallows.
- Famly movie or a favourite Christmas flick plus popcorn
- A board or card game
- Colouring books and crayons
- Christmas storybook
- Cookie mix in a jar - make sure you leave some cookies out for Santa!
- Reindeer food
- Magic key for Santa
- A special tree ornament
- Christmas crackers
- Letters from Santa
- A cuddly toy
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