When you blend together any family, you’re always going to find a difference in how people celebrate the holidays. One difference for us was Christmas Eve. Hubby and his family would go to a Christmas Eve service, and my family would have people over, there would be a lot of food, lots of fun.
We also opened a gift on Christmas Eve each year. I remember always hoping to open a movie or a book, you know, something to do on Christmas Eve until it was bedtime. Which is why I started a Christmas Box tradition in our home. I love it, my kids love it.
Christmas Eve Present – Box of Goodies
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We no longer go to a service, religion isn’t for us, which is why we are a secular homeschool family.
A few years ago I started doing the Christmas Eve gift a little different. 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?
Basically its a box of somethings to do until bedtime. After we stuff ourselves, us foodies must feast! and then, we must lounge around the house waiting for bedtime, waiting for children to calm down enough to sleep so that Santa can came.
What’s in a Christmas Eve Box?
- 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
Basically 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 can idea of what you can put into them. I do try to give each of my kids the same, no fighting or complaining.
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 always 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.