Last year I decided to make the kids a Christmas Eve box. We’ve always had a Christmas Eve tradition of opening one gift, so I thought the box would make that feel a bit more exciting. Thanks to Pinterest and the world wide web, I saw loads of different types of boxes, from elaborate to basic. I decided that I wanted to do something simple. Something that still felt special but did not go overboard as the children would be treated to the delights of Christmas the following day.
Rather than giving each child their own box, I decided on one box to share. That was mainly because I wanted to use a box we already had rather than buying something new. I had seen some cute crates and baskets around, but I just did not want to spend any extra money. So I wrapped a box, that a parcel had arrived in, in Christmas wrapping paper.
But one box actually worked well. It was nice watching the children at one box. Though this might not work well with younger children (at the time, my daughter was 6 1/2 and my son was 2 1/2). Also, if you have more than two children, an individual box would also probably work better. This year I may give the kids their own boxes, it depends if I have two boxes that are the same size.
Back to our box – the left side was for Moozles and the right side was for Dubz. They each received a Christmas book, Christmas pyjamas, a cracker and a snowman chocolate. Moozles got a DVD (Frozen) and Dubz had a Monty the penguin (fresh from the John Lewis advert). Another item in the box was a letter from Santa for each of my children. Every year, my mother-in-law donates to the NSPCC and we are sent personalised letters from Santa. But obviously you could make your own.
For Christmas this year, I will keep the contents of the Christmas Eve box almost the same. This year I would like the kids to have matching pyjamas but that means buying them now as Christmas pyjamas become spare come December. And it is easier to keep an eye out for bargains now rather than waiting until the 22nd December and frantically trying to make the box then.
Here are some ideas of all the lovely things you could include if you wanted to make your own Christmas Eve Box (*whispers* just 5 1/2 weeks until Christmas).
Ideas for a Christmas Eve Box
- Chocolate or sweets
- Christmas cracker
- Letter from Father Christmas
- Stuffed animals
- Slippers or slipper socks
- Hot chocolate kit: Christmas/character mug, hot chocolate mix and marshmallows
- Baking kit: pre-measured ingredient to make cookies or a cake
- Christmas craft kit: homemade or bought (easy to find at pound shop)
- Bubble bath
- Christmas tree ornament