Christmas Eve boxes are a fairly new trend in the UK! I think we’ve adopted Christmas Eve traditions from a few different countries and made our own new tradition which is a lovely little box filled with goodies on Christmas Eve.
What is a Christmas Eve box?
A Christmas Eve box is a special box you give to your loved ones on Christmas Eve. It’ll usually contain a few special little treats that will make Christmas Eve even more exciting! Your box can be anything you want it to be but lots of people opt for personalised wooden boxes.
We have these personalised boxes from Amazon for each of our kids.
Children’s Christmas Eve boxes usually contain things like:
- Special christmas pyjamas
- New slippers
- A Christmas story to read before bed
- Hot chocolate to help you sleep when Santa comes
- Reindeer food
Adult’s Christmas Eve boxes are often more food and drink orientated and might contain:
- New PJs/slippers
- Hot water bottle
- New mug
- Hot chocolate (or favourite hot drink)
- Port (or other Christmassy booze!)
- Cheese and crackers and nice chutneys
- Yummy biscuits/dessert
- Bubble bath/bath bomb
- A gift for your other half that you’d rather your family/kids didn’t see!
It may seem like an extra stressful task on your Christmas to-do list (and more expenses!) but it’s often a few bits and bobs you would have bought anyway. A Christmas Eve Box is essentially a few stocking fillers packaged up into something really exciting.
I do try and steer clear of too much of the materialistic ‘buy, buy, buy’ mentality at Christmas but I love the Christmas Eve box tradition. It extends the excitement of Christmas, especially because Santa’s elves deliver our boxes!
Why we’re adapting the Christmas Eve box tradition
We’ve given our kids Christmas Eve boxes for the past two years but this year I’m changing the tradition. They’ll be getting their ‘Christmas Eve box’ on December 1st.
The reason for this is simply to extend the exciting, magical time before Christmas and to get more use out of those Christmas gifts.
It seems a shame to buy Christmas books and new PJs for them to only be worn or read a few times before they end up being tucked away at the back of a draw! The Christmas books will come out again next year but the pyjamas will probably be too small.
So that’s why we’re doing ‘December 1st Boxes’ this year.
What’s in a December 1st Box?
A December 1st Box is very similar to a Christmas Eve Box, you just get it on the 1st December with your advent calendar. The elves will be delivering our boxes when they drop off the kid’s advent calendars and they’ll be popping in to make sure everyone is behaving!
I’ve put in ours:
- Christmas PJs (from £5 at B&M and available for the whole family)
- A Christmas colouring book (99p from Home Bargains)
- A Christmas activity/sticker book (89p from Home Bargains)
- A Christmas notepad (£1.99 Home Bargains)
- New crayons (£1 for 24 from B&M)
- A chocolate santa (£99p Asda)
- A gingerbread man cookie cutter (£4.49 from Amazon for a family of gingerbread people so we can make some biscuits this week!)
- A toothbrush (because Santa likes children who brush their teeth and Joseph needs a lot of encouragement!)
So that’s what we put in our Christmas Eve boxes and I hope you’ve got some ideas for your Christmas Eve boxes this year! And if anyone else is joining me with handing them out early, do let me know!