Christmas Eve Box Tradition and Ideas
Several years ago I decided I really wanted to start some Christmas traditions with my family. Traditions are a big part of what make holidays and events special and fun! Today I’m going to share a fun tradition we started a few years ago called the Christmas Eve Box. AND I’ll share some great Christmas Eve Box ideas that the entire family, kids AND adults, will enjoy!
What Is The Christmas Eve Box?
After we spend the evening with my family eating soup bowls, singing our favorite Christmas songs, my own little family will head home to have our own Christmas Eve time together! For years we’ve done the traditional Christmas Eve PJ’s, but I decided to mix that up a bit with the Christmas Eve Box.
As a kid, I was always begging the parents to let us open a present early. So, why not make it a tradition and set aside some family-oriented items for a Christmas Eve box? A Christmas Eve Box is a fun tradition where the family opens a box together and enjoys fun things to share with each other! You can wrap everything up if you want to, or just leave them unwrapped inside the big box.
Where do you get the Christmas Eve Box?
You can use whatever you want to hold the items, a bag, a box, a chest, etc. It doesn’t have to be the same each year. If you want a durable box that you could use year after year, consider a Bankers Box. Just find something big enough that you would be able to fit a variety of things in. Reinforce the seams and edges with tape, then wrap it in a nice Christmas paper.
Christmas Eve Box Ideas
You can put whatever you want in the Christmas Eve Box. If there’s a story or activity that you already do as a tradition each Christmas Eve, go ahead and put it in the box each year. You can put just one item in there or you can include many. Totally up to you. My objective is to include something that the family can do together that very evening. It is fun to include a surprise item or something new too. I also want to include at least one item that is Christ-centered to remind us what Christmas is really about. You can wrap the items individually before placing them in the box, or not!
My kids treasure the fun little Nativity sets we’ve picked up thru the years. It’s always SUPER FUN to pull them out the following year after we’ve gotten them. Many times they’ve forgotten about what we got and find joy in pulling it out of the Christmas storage boxes again! Find some cute Nativity Sets here!
Family Christmas Movie and Popcorn
You could bring back an old classic or show one your family hasn’t watched together before! There are a ton of Christmas movies to choose from! Last year we watched the early 2000’s classic, Christmas with the Kranks… we’ve NEVER seen it before and we loved it! It was also fun to just get a picture of life before internet and smart phones! Ha ha! My kids also LOVE watching Home Alone… and it’s funny for them to see Donald Trumps cameo too. 🙂 This year I’m thinking of The Man Who Invented Christmas. Let me know if you think it’s a good one!
Card Game, Board Game or Puzzle for the Family
We love playing games together as a family. I can always snag a great deal on a game during the holiday shopping season! Some of our favorites the the entire family can play are Headbanz, Spot It, and Telestrations.
We also enjoy working on a big puzzle together during the Christmas break! This Thomas Kincaid Tangled puzzle was one of our favorites. A Disney themed puzzle (or Harry Potter!) would be sure to please! These are fun ideas to do together all year long!
A Christmas Book
We like to get a new Christmas book every year or so. I have a basket of books that we set out near the Christmas tree and the kids enjoy looking at them from time to time or taking one up to their room to read at night. Some of their favorites are The Polar Express, Room for a Little One, and a Christmas recordable storybook that my parents recorded their voices reading to years ago.
Christmas Pajamas or New Blankets
You can always find great deals on pjs on Amazon, Old Navy, Kohl’s, or Walmart! Follow our online deals database to find deals! It’s always fun to have new warm fuzzy PJ’s! You could even just do pajama pants! One year I did the Big One fuzzy blankets from Kohl’s… those have been great because they don’t outgrow blankets and they’ll be used for years!
Years ago we got a hot chocolate maker and the kids LOVE pulling it out all winter long to make some yummy frothy hot chocolate! It’s a fun winter family tradition!
Slippers or Socks, Christmas Music, Homemade Gifts for Each Other
You could get your kids in on the action too and give them an assignment to add something for the family to the Christmas Eve box! We have a Christmas playlist on Spotify, so buying music isn’t a thing for us anymore… BUT warm fuzzy socks are ALWAYS a delight! You can find fun Christmas socks fairly cheap at stores like TJ Maxx, Marshalls or Ross!
I hope that you can take this tradition and modify it to best fit your family! Kids love opening up presents on Christmas Eve! Might as well use that present to create more family time and memories. I think this helps us step back from the materialistic view of Christmas and focus more on what matters most… LOVE!
Share your favorite Christmas traditions in the comments!
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