The Christmas Eve box is a relatively new tradition, but a lovely one and its popularity is soaring! We’ve pulled together all you need to know about making a Christmas Eve box, complete with plenty of Mumbler tips to get you started.
🎄What is a Christmas Eve box?
It’s a special box, filled with festive treats. The aim is to encourage you to feel all cosy and Christmassy. It helps to settle excited little ones who just can’t wait any longer til Christmas, providing a preview of the fun to come. It spreads the excitement out a little bit more, so it’s not all crammed into one day.
🎄 About the box
A convenient place to put all the festive bits together to present them, although not essential, a bag would do or even a little festive pile of goodies.
“I normally just use brown parcel paper and string”
“I got the box and letters from Hobby Craft”
“I have gorgeous draw string bags for my 3 children instead of a box”
“We do pj’s and books from the elves on Christmas eve, we don’t so a box as such as they seem expensive to buy for what they are. We just wrap them up and the elves deliver them to their beds while they are in the bath.”
🎄 What goes in the Christmas Eve box?
Anything with a festive or cosy feel really! Here’s some suggestions:
⭐ A Christmas Film (Elf and Arthur Christmas are favourites at our house) ⭐ A Christmas Book (The Nativity or there’s lots of lovely ones about Santa getting ready for his big night!) ⭐ Pyjamas / Onesie / Slippers / Socks (You could even get the whole family matching!) ⭐ Hot chocolate – You can often buy hot chocolate cones near Christmas with all the trimmings included. ⭐ A game / activity / Christmas craft e.g gingerbread house kit or Christmas colouring in. ⭐ Reindeer food (Do consider using animal-friendly food, avoiding glitter. The RSPCA suggest oats, birdseed and cranberries, see their recipe HERE) ⭐ Snacks – marshmallows, chocolate coins, gingerbread, a candy cane or a selection box. ⭐ A toothbrush (especially if indulging in the snacks above!!) ⭐ A soft toy ⭐ Christmas Tree decoration ⭐ Santa stop here sign / poster ⭐ A Christmas Eve plate to leave out the mince pie, carrot and milk on. This could be a blank plate and marker pens to decorate your own. ⭐ Plus don’t forget our local handmade in York section if you want something personal or unique, whilst supporting a local business
“I do them for my kids I find it a lovely idea. I get a bauble for the tree, a bedtime book, new pjs, hot choccy, a gingerbread house kit (we all sit together and make them as a tradition now) some sweets, maybe a dvd for us to watch as a family then we have a Santa plate so I get that out and they leave something out for him. They consider one of their main gifts now and absolutely love opening it.”
“I don’t do Christmas eve boxes but generally get them a new pair of pjs to wear to bed.”
“I’m not sure if this is a ‘normal’ Christmas Eve box, but the idea I pinched from a friend is new PJs, a dvd and hot drink so they have something focus on or calm them down on the night instead of being crazy with excitement. So no presents are opened it’s just a nice night in, in a box (or gift bag)”
“I love doing the Christmas Eve boxes and the kids all love them. I’ve never seen them so excited about pyjamas before!”
🎄 Of course, like a lot of Christmas traditions, you pick and choose the ones that suit you and your family. Mumbler CP sums it up nicely:
“Get what you can afford and don’t worry about what everyone else does. It is being together and the excitement of waiting for Christmas morning that matters”
🎅 We hope you enjoy making a Christmas Eve box for your kids! HAPPY CHRISTMAS MUMBLERS!!!! 🎅
Don’t forget the Mumbler website is full of all the festive inspiration and ideas you need this Christmas.