How to Make a Christmas Eve Box

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The Christmas Eve box is a craze that’s gaining momentum year after year.

Some hate it and see it as another money-spending exercise, but some love it, and use it as a way to make Christmas Eve even more magical – if that’s possible…

And I’m going to give you the low-down on how it’s done. 

What Is a Christmas Eve Box?

It’s a small box filled with the sorts of gifts that might be traditionally given to kids on the evening of Christmas Eve. You can upcycle an old box and decorate it, or shop for something online.

This box is something you’ll use every year (beware: if you start this tradition, you can’t really stop!) and you can find personalised crates and boxes everywhere from Amazon to Hobbycraft.

What Do I Put in One?

Christmas Eve boxes are all about the family experience; you can tailor the festive fun however you like. I'm a fan of keeping things simple.

First up, you’ll need a festive story you can snuggle up and read with your kids on Christmas Eve. Books are the perfect Christmas gift for both the kids and the whole family, allowing you to have some quality time together on Christmas eve.

I love 'The Jolly Postman', but if you have toddlers, then 'That’s Not My Santa' is a great shout. If you're looking for personalised gifts, I think 'The Christmas Snowflake' from Wonderbly is gorgeous and perfect for kids aged 0-8.

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Hot Chocolate, Marshmallows, and Festive Treats

Rewind… You can’t settle down for a story on the sofa without Christmassy snacks and drinks to make Christmas Eve really merry and bright.

Get yourself some hot chocolate sticks, marshmallows and cream and some favourite chocolates for the ultimate indulgence, they're perfect Christmas treats.

Also, Christmas mugs are a thing too if you want to go all out, and these can be cheap additions to your Christmas Eve box!

Depending on how you want your afternoon/evening to play out, you could also look at including a gingerbread-making kit or a Christmas craft within your Christmas Eve box. 

Get Cosy

It's time to get cosy and wait for the sound of Santa's sleigh!

Christmas Eve boxes traditionally come filled with new slippers, PJs or onesies, and maybe even a dressing gown.

Top tip: think about planning in advance and coincide when your little ones need these new things, so you don’t have to buy extra, or the Christmas Eve box can turn out to be an expensive tradition.

Or throw caution to the wind and go matchy-matchy this year – so many retailers are stocking family PJ wear. Matching PJs can be great Christmas gifts for the whole family, and can be used to make magical pictures to send to the extended family.

But, if you’re on a budget, it’s worth remembering that while festive PJs are great, you might not want to wear them once Christmas day is over!

Reindeer Food

All you need is a few oats in a paper bag tied with a ribbon, and you’re all set for Santa.

Pre-prepared reindeer foods are great Christmas eve box fillers, and can be super cheap but it's the perfect way to get the kids excited for Santa's arrival.

Laying out cookies for Santa is a well-known Christmas tradition, but adding the reindeer food to your Christmas Eve box adds even more excitement!

Good luck with your Christmas Eve box. Remember, it doesn't have to break the bank, and your kids will love it no matter what, so add your personal touch and have fun with it.

Wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a happy 2023!

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