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How to create your Christmas Eve Box!

Updated: Dec 4, 2019

Mobile Newborn Photographer, Derbyshire, Sheffield & Nottingham



Christmas Eve boxes are pretty new to me to be honest, but as my littlest has reached the peak age of believing in Santa & my eldest is off to spend the day with her Dad, I thought we'd make Christmas Eve extra special this year!


Believed to derive from the German tradition of opening presents on Christmas Eve, in the UK it has become a way to start the festive spirit early with a box of treats.


As with most Christmas traditions, they're all unique and individual to you and your family, to get you started here are my top tips on how to create your magical Christmas Eve box!


You can find links to all the products below on my Pinterest board, check it out here; https://www.pinterest.co.uk/kathrynh1701/christmas-eve-boxes/


Top of the list.... your Box


Your box can be anything from a hand decorated shoe box to a fancy schmancy one from Etsy that may last a little longer. Make it personal to your little ones with personalised text, decorations or ribbons.


Images by Gettingpersonal.co.uk and Hobbycraft.co.uk



Popular favourite - a Christmassy Book for bedtime

Getting the kids settled for bed on Christmas Eve can be tricky, but a Christmassy tale can set the mood well! Shop local & try out some of these recommendations by my lovely friend Beth, an Independent Usborne Organiser;



A Christmas Carol

A beautifully illustrated, unabridged edition of Charles Dickens' classic. Ebenezer Scrooge is a mean old man who hates everything, even Christmas. But when three spirits visit him, Scrooge goes on a journey to his past, present and future that changes him forever. With a biography of Charles Dickens and internet links to find out more online.


Christmas crosswords

Put children’s general knowledge to the test with this entertaining activity book, containing over 100 Christmas-themed crosswords. The crosswords gradually get harder throughout the book, and are perfect for quiet times alone or playing with friends and family. All the answers are at the back of the book.


'Twas the Night Before Christmas picture book and jigsaw

The much-loved Christmas poem is brought to life in this beautiful 30-piece jigsaw and picture book set, charmingly illustrated by John Joven. Presented in a sturdy, attractive box, this is a delightful way for children to discover the festive classic. The large jigsaw pieces are suitable for little hands and the completed puzzle measures 35x35cm.


Christmas activity pad

This festive fun-packed pad contains 30 tear-off sheets that are sure to keep children entertained for hours. Each big page features a colourful Christmas scene, crammed full of things to spot, puzzles to solve and details to doddle and draw. The tear-off sheets are great for sharing, and answers to the puzzles are given at the back of pad.



Biodegradable Reindeer Food

Glitter can be a problem for local wildlife so why not check out these alternative recipes from the RSPCA for the kids to make at home; https://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/seasonal/christmas/reindeer








Homemade Biscuits for Santa

A great activity for the kids when they finish for the school holidays. Loads of choice & creative ideas, perhaps even great to give away as Christmas presents. Here's one I found on my search;

https://www.olivemagazine.com/recipes/family/christmas-advent-biscuits/


Hot Chocolate

Perfect for a cosy night in, my favourite hot chocolate recipe is by Jamie Oliver, https://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/chocolate-recipes/epic-hot-chocolate/


For more creative ideas like hot chocolate stir sticks or how to make the perfect white hot chocolate, check out my Christmas Eve Box board at Pinterest.


Christmas themed Pyjamas

Spoilt for choice, there's a huge selection of Christmas Pyjamas for all the family. Here's a few I found;

https://www.marksandspencer.com/l/christmas/christmas-nightwear

Images by M&S.co.uk and TUclothing.sainsburys.co.uk


A soft toy

A cuddly toy will help get them off to sleep in time for Santa's arrival and this little reindeer from The White Company is ultra soft and snuggly. His name is Jingles too so that's pretty cute.










If you have any ideas you'd like to share, why not comment below? If you're a local business, why not add your business links?


Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!


Kat x


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This week's shout out goes to Tianna Jarrett-Williams, Birmingham Newborn Photographer. If you live in the Birmingham area you really should look her up, her work is absolutely beautiful!

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