How to create a Christmas Eve box
This new tradition brings the family together and gets Christmas off to a heartwarming start
With festivities revolving around the home more than ever this year, the Christmas Eve box is the ideal catalyst for Yuletide celebrations. Heralding from European countries who exchange gifts on 24 December, the idea has fast become popular with kids here (naturally), but also with parents, who see it as a way to relax and bond with children on the most highly anticipated night of the year. Look on it as a deadline to get all the wrapping and Christmas Day prep in order.
The key ingredients? Hot chocolate, pyjamas, a Christmas book and/or film and a few treats, not forgetting snacks for Santa and his reindeer. And it needn’t be expensive, as you can easily use things you already have such as books, mugs, games and PJs. Follow the steps below – along with our suggestions for fillers for the whole family – to get the most wonderful time of the year off to a perfect start.
1. Choose your box
First things first, find a box. Here at John Lewis & Partners we have a range of special Christmas Eve boxes, below, or gift bags and boxes. Or, if you have time, you can upcycle an old box, decorating it with wrapping paper, tinsel or ribbon. Alternatively, simply create a festive bundle, wrapped in ribbon. Individual touches apply to what you put inside, too – root out that special Christmas story you’ve been meaning to read to them or add homemade treats. The options are endless.
2. Select your hot chocolate
Making hot chocolate for the family, ideally stacked with marshmallows, is one of life’s sweetest rituals. It’s a good excuse for you to get the wrapping done and dusted, finish final preparations together for Christmas Day and eventually join the kids on the sofa and put your feet up to watch Elf for the 15th time.
3. Add some festive treats
Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without treats. Whether you add your homemade mince pies or festive-themed chocolates, perhaps the most important Christmas Eve box filler is a scattering of sweet snacks (NB we also sell kids’ electric toothbrushes). Don’t forget snacks for Santa and his reindeer so the kids can leave them out in prep for the big arrival.
4. Select cosy PJs
Christmas Eve is the time for the family to come together and join in the collective anticipation of Christmas Day. And if the idea of wearing matchy-matchy pyjamas is a step too twee, there are plenty of individual Christmas sleepwear styles for kids that will last way beyond the festive season.
5. Make happy feet
A cosy night before Christmas calls for cosy feet. If your kids have grown out of their slippers in the past few months, the Christmas Eve box is a great way to reintroduce them. This season, John Lewis & Partners have a range of plush styles – from Rudolf-inspired slippers to lovely llamas – to keep little (and not so little) feet toasty.
6. Plan a family night in
One of the best parts of Christmas is spending time doing things you are usually too busy to do as a family, like board games and puzzles. Whether your preference is for a round of charades or quick game of Dobble (one of our gifts of wonder, it’s a fast and fun card game for 2-8 players aged 6 and over), we’ve got a range of family games and puzzles for you to enjoy on Christmas Eve and beyond.