One of our favourite traditions here at Team Netmums is the Christmas Eve box. Many of us have adopted it as a firm family tradition.
Bring a little extra magic and sparkle to your Christmas Eve by packing a specially wrapped box to be opened on Christmas Eve – full of things to make the night before Christmas almost as magical as Christmas day itself.
The idea of the Christmas Eve box is simple – wrap a large box and fill with all the ingredients for a magical Christmas Eve. Many of the things you pack also help make this exciting evening peaceful and calm and magical so that little ones head off to sleep afterwards ready to sleep soundly until they wake up to find Father Christmas has been.
But – what’s in the box?
We always pack it full of things to make Christmas Eve snuggly and magical.
Here are some of the things we suggest packing into your boxes – the perfect ingredients for a magical and calm Christmas Eve which get the children in the mood and looking forward to snuggling up in bed whilst they sleep and wait for Santa to arrive.
New pyjamas – snuggly wintery new pyjamas – which can be unwrapped and change into right away as children get ready to snuggle down for Christmas Eve
Christmassy mugs and some hot chocolate sachets and marshmallows. Make everyone a scrummy treat of hot chocolate.
A Christmas DVD – we love the classics of Raymond Briggs – ‘The Snowman’, ‘Father Christmas’ and ‘The Bear’ – all a perfect length and all so wonderfully charming to snuggle up together and watch on Christmas Eve. Find more Christmas DVD ideas here.
A Christmassy book – The Night Before Christmas is the perfect one to read aloud on Christmas Eve – however big or small your children are – it’s just magical and can never lose its charm and its ability to bring a bit of extra magic on this special night. Or find more Christmas book ideas here.
Reindeer Dust – make some reindeer dust by adding glitter to a bag of porridge oats or even crushed Weetabix- add a special tag with a poem to explain that the children must sprinkle the dust on the step or path to guide Santa’s reindeer to the right place to deliver their presents. Wrap your dust in a cellophane bag tied with ribbon.
Christmassy activities – pop in some new felt tips and a Christmassy colouring or doodle book so the children can enjoy a quiet moment before bed colouring Christmassy scenes. Find some lovely free print outs here.
Don’t forget to also hang your stockings above the fireplace and leave out some treats for Santa and Rudolph.
Then once the kids are tucked up happily in bed in their new pyjamas you can sit back, enjoy a glass of mulled wine, pop some festive carols on your iPod and relax (or if you are anything like us) – run around in a blind panic trying to find the gifts you stored in a safe place and cursing as you run our of sellotape and wrapping paper as you have a last minute wrap up session!.
And read our jam packed Christmas guide - with everything from gifts, crafts, recipes and cooking tips, budgeting ideas, ideas for family fun and much much more. We’ve got Christmas all wrapped up!