“May you never be too grown up to search the skies on Christmas Eve.” – Unknown
When growing up, we didn’t have any specific Christmas traditions; my mum often worked over the Christmas period, providing care to miracle babies on the neonatal intensive care unit. Our Christmas was of course a very special event, but it was also somewhat flexible! For our girls, I wanted to create those magical Christmas traditions, the ones you do with your own children when you’ve grown up.
Christmas Eve boxes have become increasingly popular over the years. For some families, theirs include gifts that their Children receive prior to Christmas Day. For ours, it centres around family activities. We spend the whole day together, decorating gingerbread men, crafting, watching movies, reading classic Christmas stories, and more. When the girls are grown up, I want them to look back at these days with magical memories.
As the girls get older, our Christmas Eve box will be adapted. For now, this is what our 2020 Christmas Eve box looks like;
By this point, we have usually watched Home Alone almost every other day, Elf has been only every few days and the original Santa Claus movie has seen it’s fair share of views too! But there are three Christmas film I hold back every year, which we only watch on Christmas Eve – The Snowman, The Snowman and the Snowdog, and the animated Father Christmas film. At some point during the day, we will all huddle together on the couch with blankets, pop the fire on, and snuggle down in front of the television.
We have a variety of books in our box. As the girls get older, some of these will be removed, but there is one book which we plan to always keep in there. Our books currently include; Christmas Hide and Seek, which is a Lightbeam Book; Little Reindeer Saves Christmas, Little Lost Penguin and The Night Before Christmas, which are all from igloobooks; Usborne Very First Words – Christmas; and The Treasury of Christmas Stories from Parragon Books. The Treasury of Christmas Stories is the book we intend to always keep in the box.
This year, we have festive colouring, stickers and puzzles. The girls will also decorate baubles – I picked these up last year from Aldi, but similar items can be found in stores and online at the moment.
When the girls are older, we will tackle a gingerbread house, for now, we will stick with people! I always pick these up from Asda, as they have the perfect little set. It includes gingerbread men, gummy drops and icing. I always buy a few extra little sweets, as additional options for decoration (or eating!). We all decorate our own gingerbread, before we eat them whilst watching some Christmas movies.
Our games this year consist of Elf on the Shelf Snap, a deck of Festive Card, and a chocolate money hunt around the house!
Thank You Letters
Although we should probably do this after Christmas, we write a thank you letter to Santa on Christmas Eve. We purchased some ‘Thank You, Santa’ letters from The Works last year. Towards the end of the day, we sit together with the girls, helping them to give thanks to Santa.
Hot Chocolate and Cookies
This was something we included in the box last year, but our box is now too full! Instead, we create a hot chocolate station during the lockdown, which hangs on the wall in our kitchen. Usually, we will make our festive hot chocolate early in the afternoon. We all have a cookie, a small handful of mini marshmallows and some Cadbury’s Chocolate fingers; we sit drinking our drinks around the dining room table, whilst listening to Christmas music.
I would love to know what your family traditions are over the festive period. Either drop them in the comment section on here, or head over to my Instagram page and pop them in the comments over there.
From our family to yours, we wish you a wonderful Christmas.
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