So Christmas eve is almost upon us, only one more sleep to go for Christmas day. I love this time of year to spend quality time with the family. I am very Christmassy so every year we put our tree and decorations on the 1st of December and we leave it up until new years eve. Every year we have a few traditions some old ones and some new. Here are a few of ours.
Every morning I create a Christmas Eve Box for my two daughters and fill them with some goodies preparing them for the magic of Christmas eve night. Here is a few examples I have added to the box over the years-
The Box – These you can make yourself or I brought mine from homesense a few years ago. There are some great ideas on Hobbycraft for some DIY ones.
New Pyjamas – Essential for the cosy evening nothing beats a new pair of Christmassy Pyjamas.
Comfy Socks – Again for the comfort factor, keep those little toes warm.
A Mug – This doesn’t have to be new one every year I usually put there same mug in and fill with a sachet of hot chocolate, Mini Marshmallows.
Mini Treat – One treat you can choose anything your child likes like Chocolate Coins, Chocolate lollipop, Jelly Beans, Smarties, there favourite treat.
Colouring/Activity Book – These are very good to keep them busy for a few mins during the day and you can pick these up from anywhere they have some in poundshop too or check them out on Amazon.
Film – Any new Christmassy film or even an old one you have aroundit might be there favourite film they want to watch that evening or a new one that they are waiting to watch but haven’t seen yet.
Christmas Book – I buy them a new book every year this year I have purchased two for each of them. Rudeys Windy Christmas and a special pop up edition of The Night Before Christmas. My daughter loved The Jolly Christmas postman book I purchased last year so I brought the original one this year.
There are lots of inspirational post on Pinterest for some more great Christmas Eve Box ideas and also on YouTube to create your own.
To find this Christmas Eve box I create a treasure Hunt I leave a little clue in their advent calendar on day 24 that leads to another note and another until it leads to the Christmas Eve Box Surprise. They love this and have enjoyed it every year I’m hoping they will still do this when they are in their 30s! Its a lot of fun.
Late afternoon we go to the mother in laws where the all the family get together by the fire chatting, drinking mulled wine, eating nibbles, and chatting about Christmas memories. In the meantime all the children play, dress up in their best party outfit, open and swap presents.
When we get back home we have some more snacks and a glass of milk while snuggling on the sofa to watch a Christmas Film. Then of course we put our stocking out and put a mince pie, Carrot, some milk and even a chocolate coin.
I will usually read a Christmas book before Bed Our fav for two years running is The Christmasaurus the girls love it. This year its even more better with the musical edition they are already learning the songs and have been singing them everyday since I purchased this books.
Hopefully after a busy day they can get to sleep as they are super excited at this point for Christmas Day and hopefully get some sleep before santa delivers all those presents.