There’s mixed feelings around Christmas Eve boxes. Some people think they shouldn’t exist, other people love them. We’ve done a Christmas Eve box for the past 4 years and we really enjoy doing it. At the moment, it replaces the stocking so we only have their presents under the tree on Christmas Day.
We have a tradition where we see Santa on Christmas Eve. While Gareth is putting the boys into the car, I’ll leave their box in the middle of the living room for them to find when they come back; it’s almost like Santa has left him there. This year, I think I’m going to do a trail of chocolate coins leading from the front door so they can follow that. Anyway, let me tell you what we’ve put inside;
I usually get them Christmas ones but I figured that they only get a couple of weeks wear out of them before they’re out of season. So this year, I’ve just gone for a generic pair. I’ve already wrapped them up so I haven’t got a photo but these are the links, Henry has the raindrop ones and Archie’s are the lightening pair.
Butterbear bath bomb
This is a fairly new addition. For the first couple of years, it was the blue robot one from Lush but I just prefer the smell of the Butterbear. The boys smell so good before they go to bed, all clean and in their new pyjamas.
A Christmas themed book
In past years, we’ve had “Mog’s Christmas Calamity” and “The Dinosaur that Pooped Christmas”. I found this one in Tesco and loved the sound of it. I think they’ll really enjoy reading it.
I usually make this with oats, bird seed and glitter but I’ve learnt that glitter isn’t good for birds. They actually got this in their Lapland Letters and as far as I can tell, this is safe glitter. But just to be safe, I’ll be sweeping it up after they’ve gone to bed.
“Santa Stop Here sign”
This is another thing that came in their letters and I hope they’ll enjoy hanging these in the window, one in the kitchen and one in their bedroom, so Santa knows where to come to leave their presents.
Movie and hot chocolate vouchers
I made these myself. Every year, we put in a sachet of hot chocolate and a film which I guarantee won’t get watched or drunk. So these vouchers can be exchanged at some point on Christmas Eve for one of Daddy’s special hot chocolate and a movie of their choice.
My mum found these for me and I think they’re amazing. I saw some rainbow coloured ones from Debenhams but they were £7 a bag! These are £2.25 each and they’re colourful, shiny and have rainbow unicorn stickers on. What more could you ask for?!
That’s everything, I can’t wait to see their faces when they find the box and open it to see what’s inside. The best part about Christmas is the magic and I’m really looking forward to it this year.
I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and I’ll see you on the other side…
Merry Christmas! X