Christmas Eve – a night of magic, laughter & excitement, or a night of stress, lack of sleep and frayed tempers? My husband and I had a mega present wrapping session last night and joked that we’d have nothing left to do on Christmas Eve – our traditional time for running around like lunatics trying to find hidden presents, wrapping paper and whisky (for santa!) So this morning I started thinking about what we could do to make Christmas Eve really special yet relaxing, and came across the idea of a Christmas Eve Box on a Netmums blog, which I thought I’d share with you.
Intrigued? I was! So what is a Christmas Eve Box? Well, it’s whatever you want it to be – as simple or as complicated as you wish, as expensive or as cheap as you choose, but ultimately it’s about giving Christmas Eve a bit of a calming quality (at least that’s my interpretation!). The Netmums blog suggests wrapping a box with Christmas paper and putting some treats inside such as new pyjamas, a Christmas mug with hot chocolate and marshmallows, a colouring set or a DVD, some reindeer food (but be careful with glitter as it can be harmful to birds) – just a few little things to help your little ones snuggle down for bed.
My son loves doing treasure hunts, so I’m wondering about making up a simple treasure hunt with clues around the house leading him to the box. I’m not great at riddles, but something like ‘Where the coats hang out’ as a clue to lead him to our cupboard under the stairs, or ‘I go ping when the food is hot’ to lead him to a clue hidden in the microwave. You never know, along the way he might come across some of those forgotten-about hidden presents and save me a job for later!
If you fancy having a go at your own Christmas Eve Box, take a look at http://netmumsblog.com/2013/12/06/christmas-eve-boxes-magic-the-night-before-christmas/ for more ideas, or if you have any ideas you’d like to share then please leave a comment below.
Whatever you do, I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and create lots of special memories – that’s what Christmas is all about (and celebrating the birth of Jesus, of course).