Looking for a fun new tradition to start with your family at this awesomely magical time of year? Christmas Eve boxes add an extra element of excitement to the night before Santa arrives.

So what’s involved? Simply find a large box (you can buy purpose-made ones or decorate a plain one yourself) and fill it with Christmas-related goodies to enjoy as a family. (Note: These could also be presented on December 1 to get more use out of each item over the festive season… and could even be brought as a surprise by the Elf on the Shelf if you have one!)

Here are some ideas for filling your Christmas Eve box:

Christmas Pyjamas

Tuck your excited little ones into bed in a snuggly new pair of PJs – they’ll be so comfy, they’ll drift straight off to sleep! (Maybe.)

Christmas Stories

Is there anything better than cuddling up to the kids and reading them special Christmas books in front of the Christmas tree? It’s the best, right?

Christmas Movies

Let the kids enjoy a Christmassy movie – Home Alone and Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas are classics.

Hot Chocolate & Popcorn

Of course, no good movie can be enjoyed without snacks!

Christmas Craft

A range of arts and craft will keep the kids occupied (and out of your hair!) while the big day’s meals are being prepared.

Christmas Cookie Cutters

Let the kids get creative in the kitchen with some biscuit-y fun!

Christmas Outfits

Gorgeous festive gear will get everyone in the spirit.

Reindeer Dust

A cute idea to show Santa’s furry helpers the way! All you need is 2 cups of oatmeal, some glitter and some sandwich bags. Combine the oatmeal and glitter and divide into the sandwich bags. Print out the poem below and adhere to the bags. Then, on Christmas Eve, let the kids sprinkle the magical reindeer dust on the front lawn for Santa’s friends.

The Legend of Magic Reindeer Dust
Be sure to take this magic food and sprinkle on the lawn,
On Christmas, Santa’s reindeer travel miles before the dawn.
The smell of oats and glitter path will guide them on their way
And you’ll wake up to Santa’s gifts next morn on Christmas Day!

Plate for Santa Snacks

Planning to leave a biscuit or a mince pie for Santa and maybe some carrots for the reindeer? Pop them on a special plate for extra cuteness.

Writing Pad & Pen

Get the kids to leave Santa a message of thanks with some festive stationery!

Looking for some visual inspiration? Here’s some of our favourites we found across the web!

Christmas Eve BoxSource: Polkaspotsandfrecklesdots


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