Christmas Eve boxes have been increasing in popularity each year.  A Christmas Eve box is a festive tradition where you take a box and fill it with goodies to enjoy on Christmas Eve. The trend started in the states and has been picked up around the world.

Now my eldest daughter is almost three we are going to start this tradition in our house. I got our boxes this year from Sue Ryder charity shop, £2.99 for two small boxes, perfect size for some pjs, treats and new Christmas books.

If you are looking for ideas to what you should put in your box this year see below my recommendations.

Christmas Eve Boxes

What should I include in my Christmas Eve Boxes?

There are so many creative ideas for what you can fill them with.
These are some favourites I’ve found;

  • Christmas PJs and socks – perfect for snuggling in together as a family.
  • Christmas book/story or film – something to watch together on Christmas Eve.
  • A family board game – perfect to share as a family across the holidays.
  • Snow globe or tree decoration – start a tradition to add a new one each year.
  • Sweet treats for the kids – most children love sweets or chocolate.
  • Hot chocolate powder – warm drinks to have while watching Christmas TV
  • Treats for Santa and his reindeer – a tipple for Santa and food to leave out for his helpers.
  • A plate for Santa’s treats – children will love leaving out the treats.
  • Bath bomb – encourage the children to have a bath before Christmas Day.
  • Letter from Santa – if they haven’t recieved one already.

Whatever you choose to fill them with, the children will enjoy the anticipation and process of opening them.
Christmas Eve boxes can also be sourced in places such as Home Bargains and Not On The High Street.

If you are looking for other traditons to enjoy over the Christmas season see my post on festive traditions.

Christmas is one of those wonderful family times where you can really indulge in creating Christmas traditions, These can be repeated year after year and will help make magical moments for you and your family.

Christmas Traditions

Here are a few favourites you could try in the run up to the big day;

Handmade Christmas Cards
A fun way to get into the Christmas spirit is making your own cards for family and friends. Even the youngest babies can join in with hand or foot painted print ideas.

Making Decorations
From collecting pine cones on walks, then painting them, to sewing new decorations, children of all ages can join in with this activity.

Decorating The Tree
A tradition for the whole family to enjoy, discovering old and new decorations to place on the tree together.

Writing To Santa
One for the older children, penning a wish list letter to Santa is a great way to get them excited.

Elf On A Shelf
A creative fun activity for adults and children however you choose to use these cheeky Elves. See my post here on Easy Elf on a Shelf ideas.

Advent Calendars
Handmade or shop bought, nothing builds the excitement more everyday than opening that days door.

St Nicholas Shoes
On the night of the 5th of December it is tradition for children to leave a shoe outside their door. If they have been good St Nicholas will fill it with sweets or a small gift.

Attending A Carol Concert
A wonderful way to get into the spirit of Christmas by listening to old and new classics as a family.

Visiting Santa
A treat for both the old and young going to visit Santa.

Giving Unto Others
Christmas is the perfect time to teach children to be thoughtful and generous to others. Donating presents, gifting to charities or volunteering can bring the true meaning of Christmas into your family traditions.

Festive Bakes
Christmas baking is a great traditional activity for all ages. Making your own Christmas cakes, gingerbread men and houses, mince pies and/or chocolate logs. You could even make gifts for your childrens teachers, see my post here.

Christmas Pantomime
Oh no you didn’t….one of the most traditional things to do during the festive season and something adults will enjoy as much as children.

Christmas Eve Boxes
A charming tradition for Christmas Eve. Ideas to put in the boxes include anything from new PJs, a festive film, hot chocolate packets, a new tree decoration, a new family board game and bath bombs, see my post here.

Crib/Chris-tingle Service
Usually held on Christmas Eve, a family friendly service at your local church will most definitely be an occasion to reflect and remember the origins of Christmas.

Santa And His Reindeer
Leaving food out for your hungry guests. Seeing that they have disappeared on Christmas morning adds that extra bit of magic.

Snowy Footprints
To add that extra bit of magic to your Christmas morning, use flour or ice sugar to make snowy footprints leading up to the tree.


Creating your own bespoke family traditions is half the fun. They will become the things that are remembered and treasured by your family forever.