*A collaborative post
For Olly’s first Christmas, I wanted to start a couple of traditions that we could follow through for years to come. I loved the idea of putting a box of goodies together for him for Christmas Eve and so our family Christmas Eve Box tradition began.
There are many differing ideas about Christmas Eve boxes but I happen to think that they’re a great way of spreading the cheer over the Christmas period and that the box is pretty much full of things we would want to give to Olly for Christmas anyway, plus one or two other little treats.
What’s in a Christmas Eve box?
Our Christmas Eve boxes are full of simple ideas that aren’t going to break the bank. You want to be able to recreate this box year after year and not worry about how much it’s going to cost. Tesco have created a quick and easy hub full of items that would be perfect for inclusion in a Christmas Eve Box including fun activities, crafts to keep them busy and items for bedtime. Just add them to the shopping basket and check out from the comfort of your sofa!
Here’s a list of what’s included in our Christmas Eve box;
- Christmas Pyjamas – £9 – I love buying Christmas Eve pjs. They’re not just for Christmas and I’ve got Olly a fantastic pair of festive pjs to wear over Christmas and the new year. I always wash them before Christmas Eve so he can wear them to bed and wake up on Christmas Day and open his presents in them.
- A Christmas book – £3 – We love reading books at home and we love to read a new Christmas book on Christmas Eve. This year we’ve bought Olly Olaf’s Night Before Christmas to read, he’s starting to read the words himself now and understanding more about what the story involves and I think he’ll love this book.
- Christmas Tableware – £1 each – I love giving Olly a new set each year and this year Tesco had a great set of festive melamine Mickey Mouse tableware and they’ll be used on Christmas Day for breakfast and supper.
- A festive DVD – £3 – Sometimes the films on television over Christmas don’t always appeal to particular members of the family so when I saw this festive Tom and Jerry DVD I knew Olly would love it. He’s such a big fan of Tom and Jerry, a Christmas special is sure to be a big hit.
- Hot chocolate and marshmallows – £2 – there’s nothing better than watching a Christmas film with a mug of hot chocolate laced with marshmallows. Olly isn’t a huge sweetie fan but he loves marshmallows so I know this treat will be very well received.
- Christmas colouring book and crayons – £3 – The excitement levels on Christmas Eve are going to be through the roof so we need to be able to calm Olly down with a suitable activity. Colouring in is a brilliant activity for calming Olly down. It makes him focus and forces him to sit still for a while.
- Reindeer Food – We make reindeer food together a couple of days before Christmas Eve and include it in the box (not pictured as we’ve not made it yet) We love sprinkling the food on the lawn in the hope of a visit from Father Christmas and his hungry Reindeer.
The contents of the Christmas Eve box pictured above came to just £23 which just goes to show you don’t have to spend a fortune on some little treats this Christmas Eve.
There’s still plenty of time to put together a Christmas Eve box for the little ones. You’ve probably already got the gifts stashed away so wrap up a shoe box, pop them all in and wait for their little faces on Christmas Eve.