T'was the night before Christmas and Santa has sent an early present to get the whole family in the festive mood. Great for little and big kids alike, make the most of the festive season by filling a Christmas Eve box for your tot.
Christmas Eve boxes have become the big new tradition in family households. They're so easy to put together, and you can also buy ready-made ones.
Fill a special box of goodies with cute things like Christmas pyjamas, books to read, a family film to watch and sweet treats to nibble on. Pop it under your tree and you're all set to kick off the Christmas celebrations early and make the most of the whole festive season.
What should go in a Christmas Eve box?
It's completely up to you – the world is your oyster. Try to think of things you know your children would like, that will distract them from the excitement of Christmas Day just a little (or not).
PJs are a good idea (you could even get some matching pyjamas), something new and cosy to wear when they go to bed on Christmas Eve – and probably most of Christmas Day, too! You could add a mug, some marshmallows and hot chocolate as a sleepy treat. Or include a board game, so that you can all play it together as a family.
How to make a Christmas Eve box
There's no secret to making a Christmas Eve box, you just need a box. Simply wrap it up in seasonal wrapping paper and add tinsel or a ribbon to make it extra festive.
If you're not the most creative and don't fancy making something from scratch, you can get some gorgeous pre-made boxes from stationery shops, and also some beautiful wooden ones that you can reuse every year.
Here are some fun Christmassy boxes that we've found online, and inspiration for what to put inside:
Make their Christmas Eve box feel totally special by personalising it with their name.
This sweet wooden Christmas Eve box can be used year after year, making it a real family tradition. They can even pass it down to their own kids if it's well looked after.
Another wooden version, this one looks brilliant and can also be personalised.
These beautiful, personalised wooden boxes are really something special, and there are three different sizes to choose from.
What should you put in your Christmas Eve box?
No Christmas Eve would be complete without a mug of hot chocolate. Add some marshmallows for an extra special treat.
Candy canes are a classic Christmas treat - perfect for Christmas Eve boxes or hanging on the tree.
These sweet jelly lollipops will be a real treat - just make sure they don't have them too late in the day otherwise they'll never sleep!
A simple way to give everyone a delicious drink, these hot chocolate stirrers come with everything you need. Just add milk.
These cute Christmas PJs are the perfect way to welcome Father Christmas. You can even buy a set for each family member and take a cute Christmas family photo.
Best Christmas movie ever?
Nope. THIS is the best Christmas movie ever.
Although this is a pretty good Christmas movie, too.
Personalised Christmas Eve book
A beautiful personalised children's book featuring Misteletoe the magical Christmas Eve mouse and your child(ren) on a quest to save Christmas Eve!
This lovely book can feature up to 4 children, all of whom are magically transformed into mice for the story, and embark on an adventure. The child(ren)'s name(s) and place where they live also feature in this exciting book, as well as a chance to put the name(s) of the giver(s) of the book at the start.