Family Tradition: Christmas Eve Box
Everyone has some sort of tradition involving Christmas and the holidays. Before my children were born we would just all sleep over my parent’s house on Christmas Eve and watch the Christmas video from the year before then wake up early and open gifts. Now that I have my own children, we have our own family traditions. One of our traditions include Christmas Eve Boxes. I make one for the kids every year, they get to open it on Christmas Eve night. Here’s what I usually include in my boxes and I hope you give this idea a try.
Last year I shared our Christmas Eve boxes with you but just by sharing a photo in a post. I really didn’t get into the specifics of what I did with the box. The basis of ours is pajamas. I buy the kids new pajamas for Christmas each year and I wanted a creative way to give it to them before Christmas so that’s how we do our boxes. A pair of pajamas that they can wear that night.
Like I said our tradition mainly includes pajamas for the kids. I usually get them one of their favorite characters, last year we all had footie pajamas. I picked up some Gymboree pajamas on clearance so I could create this post but it’s really up to you what you use for your box.
Depending on what you plan to include in your box you may need a larger box. I am re-purposing an old box I got with a gift from one of my favorite brands. It was large enough to hold all the items I wanted and it will also have lots of room.
I have one girl and three boys. I got matching pajamas for two of the boys, and a different one for my daughter and our youngest son. The pajamas is for them to wear on Christmas Eve night. When I give them the box they get to go change and enjoy the goodies inside. Some of the items I have in their boxes
I’ve included The Magic Christmas Key from Pine Tree Publishing. You can read my review post about it. I figured it would be a great story to share with the kids on Christmas Eve night. We’ll be reading this as a family.
In the box for my toddler son I included Let There Be Light by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. This will be a great way for use to visit the Christmas story and learn about what the reason for the season is all about. You can find my review of Let There Be Light on my books gift guide.
My daughter loves to draw and create so included in her box is a collection of It’s Fun to Draw books by author Mark Bergin and published by Sky Pony Publishing. Her box includes It’s Fun to Draw Princesses and Ballerinas, It’s Fun to Draw Pirates and It’s Fun to Draw Ghosts and Ghouls.
I always include a movie in the kids Christmas Eve boxes. It’s something they can enjoy and get them to wind down and take their mind off gifts under the tree. For my daughter its Lalaloopsy Girls Welcome to L.A.L.A Prep School. The Lalaloopsy girls are all grown up—and headed for the Lalaloopsy Academy for Learning Arts! The friends soon discover their new school is super cool — and sew much fun! It’s a semester full of laughs and excitement as the girls take creative classes such as Glitter 101 and Cloud Sculpting, join silly clubs, make new friends and cheer on Jewel Sparkles as she runs for student body president! My daughter is a huge fan of the Lalaloopsy Girls and she just loves all their DVDs. She’ll be following along as the girls attend prep school and learn all kinds of cool stuff.
For the toddler he gets Julius Jr. Snow Monkey Adventures in his box. It even comes with a bonus toy attached to the box. That’s great for him. This also comes with a digital download so he can view it while traveling as well. Just in time for the holidays, enter the miraculous world of Julius Jr., and join this funky monkey and his pals as they unlock young imaginations with inventive episodes and toe-tapping music videos. This new series takes preschoolers on exciting adventures into a magical cardboard box playhouse and through the wondrous Hall of Doors to discover the importance of cooperation and creativity. Whether trying something new or helping a cloud make snow, fun is always just a door away!
You really can’t have movies without popcorn, so we include a pack in each box as well. The kids take turns watching their movies and eating their popcorn. For snack options you can choose whatever you like best for your kids.
PEEPS Candy Cane Flavored marshmallow made the boxes this year. These seasonal treats are sure to go a long way with the kids. PEEPS brand products can be used for both Christmas Eve boxes and Stocking Stuffers. You can check out my PEEPS post with their holiday offerings and also on my stocking stuffers guide.
Another seasonal treat is the Lance Sprinkled Sugar Cookie Sandwishes. These cookies from Lance are only available until December 31st and also appears on my stocking stuffers guide. You will want to find these in stores and stuck up now, so you can enjoy them after the holidays.
What kind of family traditions do you have? Do you make Christmas Eve boxes, bake cookies, or drink hot cocoa? Let me know what kinds of traditions you have in the comments.