The Christmas Eve Box – an increasingly popular tradition
The Christmas Eve Box is becoming an increasingly popular tradition. It’s a nice way to keep little ones occupied on Christmas Eve and to share in some family fun. There are many ways to tailor the tradition to suit your family, and all ages and budgets.
The ‘box’ can be something as simple as a special gift bag, drawstring bag or a shoebox with festive wrapping. A range of inexpensive boxes can be found at supermarkets and bargain shops, or you could choose a special bespoke box. You might like for each family member to have their own box, or to have one large family box.
You can keep it simple with a few small toys, games and treats. Things that keep the kids busy and that bring the family together are favourites. There’s no need to renew everything each year, there may be some things that can be used again and form part of your tradition and memories. There are a few ideas to choose from below.
What’s in the Box?
Mince pie & milk for Santa
Carrot for reindeer
Reindeer food & torch (to help spread the food outside)
Stockings to hang up
New bauble for the tree / other decoration
Believe bell (like Polar Express) or jingly bells
A magic key for Santa
A letter from Santa
Elf report card
Stationary to write ‘thank you notes’
Christmas-themed book & DVD
Family board game / activities (snap, Twister, Pictionary, Wii games etc)
Craft activities / colouring book / puzzle book / stickers
Supplies to make a Christmas decoration
Small Lego set
Small toys / cuddly toy / joke toys (whoopee cushion?!)
Christmas figures (e.g. Happyland set)
Wooden/plastic Christmas dinner set
Bath bomb / bath toy
Food & Drink
Hot chocolate in Christmas-themed mug
Snowman soup (hot chocolate, marshmallows & candy cane to stir)
Chocolate coins (coin hunt optional!)
Ingredients to make cakes/cookies (or pre-made mix), cookie cutters
Cookie / gingerbread man / Christmas-themed chocs / favourite sweets