The excitement and anticipation of Christmas morning is a big deal for little kids. Some families like to create a Christmas Eve box to get the festivities started and to enjoy a cozy evening at home together before the big day. The tradition of the Christmas Eve box likely came from places (like Germany) where they open gifts on Christmas Eve.
If you opt to do a Christmas Eve box this year, you’ll be in good company as they have become very popular in recent years. Christmas Eve boxes don’t have to be elaborate. You can make them as simple as you like. Here are some ideas you can pick and choose from to make up some fun Christmas Eve boxes for kids and adults too!
Always a hit with the kids, and who doesn’t need PJ’s! There are an abundance of Christmas Pajama’s on the market, try Cotton on, Next Direct HK, Zara, Patpat, You can even go one step further and get matching ones for the whole family.
It’s always lovely to read a Christmas story for children so they can partake in the magic of the holiday. There are classic tales like A Christmas Carol or you might like to try some humour and a bit of bah humbug with The Grinch who stole Christmas. Maybe one boy and his toy will change your Christmas traditions with The Christmas Pig by J.K.Rowling. For the littlest ones try Zog Christmas.
A Christmas mug is a quick and easy addition to your Christmas eve box. They are fun and useful for years to come! Just add hot chocolate, marshmallows and your favourite Christmas movie and you’ve got yourself a cozy evening leading up to Christmas morning. For mugs check out Etsy, Franc Franc, Next Direct HK, The Lion Rock Press, Starbucks, Selfridges.
Some fuzzy warm slippers always scream winter (even during the mostly balmy Hong Kong seasons). They don’t have to be Christmas themed (although that helps). For inspiration check Asos, Cotton on, Next Direct HK, Marks and Spencer, and Amazon.
A personlised or themed Christmas bauble is perfect for a Christmas eve box. It can be used each Christmas and makes a lovely keepsake that will be remembered for years to come, and it can be passed down the generations. We love the hand painted Hong Kong themed baubles at Lion Rock Press, the personalised ones from Panda Pottery and the baubles from Little Days which can be fully customised.
What about the grown-ups?
Upgrade your family Christmas Eve box for adults by adding some bubbly, chocolates, and candles!
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Treats for Santa and Reindeers
Leaving out some reindeer food and sweets for Santa is definitely a fun one for the little ones and super easy to do. Put out some cookies and milk for Santa and some homemade Reindeer feed (nuts/seeds/granola/carrot) for Rudolph and his friends (recipe below).
Reindeer Feed Recipe from The Today Show
- 2 cups oatmeal
- 1/2 cup shelled unsalted pistachios
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Put the reindeer food into bags or jars and then leave it out on Christmas Eve.
Main photo courtesy of Shutterstock; photo 1 courtesy of Patpat, photo 2 courtesy of ArtSpoonAndMug on Etsy, photo 3 courtesy of Lion Rock Press; photo 4 courtesy of The Today Show.