Twas The Night Before Christmas
I was looking at Pinterest the other day and discovered a ‘thing’ that I’d never heard of before: The Christmas Eve Box.
This is a decorated box (you can make it or buy it) that is filled with little presents and activities. It is given to younger children on 24th December to help to break up the anticipation of the next day. Popular items in a Christmas Eve Box include: pyjamas, a Christmas book and a family game (perhaps to do with Christmas) to play on 24th December.
A Christmas Eve Box
A wooden Christmas Eve box can be brought out year after year. You could get one for the family or a personalised box for every member of the family. Or cover a box in Christmas paper. Perhaps you could even get one for your pets and include treats and pet toys.
Christmas Eve Box – A Family Game
A Christmas Eve Box may contain a new family game to play on Christmas Eve. See our page on Family Games for ideas. The new Harry Potter Dobble is a brilliant game which comes in a small tin so it’ll fit in the box.
A few people have mentioned to me that one of their family traditions is new pyjamas on Christmas Eve. Also, in recent years there has been a trend for the whole family to wake up on Christmas morning in the same Christmassy PJs. Just take a look at the Twitter/Instagrams of famous celebs to see theirs. The Elf pyjamas below come in sizes for the whole family!
A Special Personalised Dressing Gown
We love these personalised dressing gowns for ages six months – 5 years.
A Christmas Book
Here’s some of our favourite Christmas books (check age-suitability of course) and see our post on Christmas books.
The Girl Who Saved Christmas
The Jolly Christmas Postman
One of our all-time favourite Christmas books.
Christmas by Dick Bruna
A beautiful Christmas book you’ll keep forever.
The Christmas Eve Tree
Other Things You Could Add To Your Christmas Eve Box
- Christmas colouring book and pencils
- Hot chocolate for bed-time treat – perhaps using those chocolate stirrers
- Special bubble bath
- Christmas sweets such as candy canes, chocolate coins or chocolate snowmen
- Some oats and carrots to leave out for the reindeer
You could always add a treasure hunt so the kids have to find the Christmas Eve box.
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