Brilliant Boxes: What to put in Christmas eve boxes for kids
All families have Christmas traditions that they carry on from one year to another, be it the more sensible ones like Christmas dinner with all the trimmings or the slightly more unusual like the case of my old hairdresser whose family always had to have a picture of Pat Butcher on top of the Christmas tree...
One tradition that certainly wasn't around when I was a kid and is now something that we do every year is a Christmas Eve box. Christmas Eve boxes come from Santa who has kindly dropped something off for the kids even though he is mega busy getting ready - so there's no reason at all why I would be writing about what to put in Christmas Eve box, right? Cool, but say if you were looking for some Christmas Eve box ideas you might want to keep on reading...
What is a Christmas Eve Box?
A Christmas Eve box is basically a box that appears on Christmas Eve with some special festive goodies in it. Depending on your budget you can buy fancy personalised ones that you will use year after year or if like me you've spent quite a bit on Christmas already, you can reuse one of the many cardboard boxes that you've received from ordering stuff online. Added bonus here - not having yet more Christmas stuff that you need to store. Christmas boxes sound like they are extra gifts for the kids and, well, they are. But here's the thing, they're also all about chilling your child out and encouraging them to go to bed on time which is also a bit of a gift for parents. Win-win!
Make sure that Santa has left a note on them explaining that these are extra treats and to make sure they go to bed on time or he won't be able to visit and you're ready to start a magical new Christmas tradition your kids will love. Ours has been found by one of my kids every year while we're watching a film or making dinner and the surprise and amazement on their faces is always fantastic.
What to put in a Christmas Eve box:
Don't feel obliged to put everything below in your Christmas Eve box but pick a few things that you know your kids will love. After all, you don't want this to be a bigger deal than the big day itself!
- Pyjamas - for me pyjamas are a Christmas Eve box essential. They get my kids excited about getting ready for bed, they're a pretty practical gift and it also makes them extra cuddly. My kids normally pop them on straight away which means that we don't have the hassle at bedtime either.
- A Christmas Book - perfect for reading before they go to sleep. We love The Jolly Christmas Postman, Father Christmas Needs a Wee and the classic Raymond Briggs Father Christmas book.
- A Christmas Film - Elf and Polar Express are our favourites for a bit of Christmas Eve family viewing
- Christmas Chocolates - Always and possibly because I can't resist buying them myself. Chocolate coins are of course the classic or we love Christmas chocolate lollipops.
- Hot chocolate ingredients - And maybe a special Christmas mug to make them in too.
- Christmas stickers or a Christmas colouring book
- Reindeer Food - but don't sprinkle any with glitter or sequins in your garden as it's terrible for wildlife
- Popcorn - perfect for munching while you watch that Christmas film!
Will you be creating a Christmas Eve box for your kids this year? Let us know in a comment below, or check out lots of other Christmas ideas from our blog!