When you blend together with any family, you’re always going to find a difference in how people celebrate the holidays. One difference for us was Christmas Eve. In my family, we opened a gift on Christmas Eve each year. I remember always hoping to open a movie or a book, something to do on Christmas Eve until it was bedtime. This is why I started a Christmas Eve Box tradition in our home.
Christmas Eve Box
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A few years ago I started doing the Christmas Eve gift a little differently. We started doing a specific gift. When Gauge was ity-bity we did one box for all of them, which is pictured below, now they each get their own box.
What is a Christmas Eve Box?
When you go as basic as you can, a Christmas Eve box is a box of some things to do until bedtime on Christmas Eve. After we stuff ourselves because we food lovers must feast, and then, we just lounge around the house waiting for bedtime, waiting for children to calm down enough to sleep so that Santa can come.
What is in a Christmas Eve Box?
There can be anything that you want to be in it. I don’t put all of that into a box for each of my kids. I just wanted to give you an idea of what you can put into them. I do try to give each of my kids the same, no fighting or complaining.
- Snacks – my kids love Starbrust candies, and we rarely buy them which makes them even more special.
- A movie
- A small toy
- An ornament
- Hot chocolate
- A hot chocolate mug
- A Santa plate
- A Christmas craft to make
- New hat or mittens
Does it have to be a box?
No, it doesn’t have to be a box. Or it can be. I have started trying to be more eco-friendly, and have been reusing the awesome gift bags that Amazon gives you when you get “gift wrapping”. They are really nice bags. I couldn’t find a link to them, but you could always order a gift for yourself and get it gift wrapped. 😉
There are some great reusable Christmas boxes that you can pick up too.
I also have some of these Christmas bags. I love reusing these bags, plus, if they continue to last then we’re set for years and years to come.
Now that I have our first present wrapped, I want to get the rest done and over with. I also want to just give them all to the kids because I know that the girls are going to be so excited and love everything
we Santa got them.
Where Can You Buy A Christmas Eve Box?
We use Amazon boxes. You know, use one of those boxes that the gifts you ordered came in. And then I do my least favorite Christmas thing ever, wrap them. But there are some great options out there to have a nice box or bag for your special Christmas Eve gift.
Creating A Christmas Tradition
Make Christmas special in your own way, for your family. It doesn’t have to look like anyone else’s family traditions, or even the traditions that you had growing up. You get to decide how to spend the magic of Christmas together and what you’ll do.