The Christmas Eve Box

December 08, 2017
Putting together a Christmas Eve box is an easy way to add a touch more magic to the holiday season.
We started this fun tradition with Rosie and Jewel last Christmas, and I am so excited to do it again this year.
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The idea is to put together a gift box of sorts for kids to open on Christmas Eve.  Here is what we put in ours this year.

A Book to Read Before Bed-  We were in need of a new copy of The Night Before Christmas.  Perfect!  If you already have this book any holiday book would be a fun addition to your Christmas Eve box.  Read it together just before bed.  You can find a great collection of holiday books to choose from on Amazon here.

New Pajamas-  Each year we put new holiday pajamas in our Christmas Eve Box.  This is so fun for the kids, and in turn they have fresh clean pj's on when we are taking our photos the next morning.

Santa's Magic Key-  This is a fun thing to include in your Christmas box while the kids are little.  What is Santa's magic key?  It is how Santa gets into the houses without chimneys.  

We don't have a chimney, so this idea is perfect for us!  You can buy a Santa key, or you can make your own.  To make ours I covered a fancy, old key in sequins.  

Santa's MAGIC Key- how Santa gets in the houses without chimneys.  Have kids hang it outside your door just before bed on Christmas Eve.
You can also print out a free label and poem for your key here.  Have your little ones hang the key outside the front door just before bed.
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Reindeer Food-  Making reindeer food with the kids is magical and fun!  We made ours a few weeks ago, and then I stashed it away for our Christmas Eve box.  Just before bed on Christmas Eve have your kids sprinkle the reindeer food in the yard.  While Santa is inside the reindeer will eat the food which helps them stay strong and have the energy to fly the entire world.  Simple magic fun for kids! 

 To make your own reindeer food just mix oatmeal and red and green colored sugar together.  You can also buy reindeer food online here.

Make your own reindeer food- magical holiday fun for kids!
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Other Ideas for Your Christmas Eve Box
  • favorite holiday movie to watch together as a family on Christmas Eve
  • A package of popcorn for the movie
  • Letters from Santa
  • Cookie mix to make Santa's cookies before bed
  • A Final advent
  • A craft to make for Santa before bed
  • Hot Cocoa
Christmas Eve Box -a fun holiday tradition for the whole family!
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More About the Author

Crystal Underwood is the writer and creator of Growing A Jeweled Rose. She has worked extensively with children and strongly believes in the importance of play at the core of early learning. She is passionate about the early years and believes that childhood should be a truly magical time in life. For all the best kids activities connect with Growing a Jeweled Rose below!