Monday, December 22, 2014

The non commercialised 'Christmas Eve Box'

As it is Christmas Eve-Eve-Eve I think it is an appropriate time to have this conversation. I am sure I am not the only one to have noticed how popular the 'Christmas Eve Box' has gotten over the last couple of years. I think Pinterest has the pleasure of being responsible for this new "fad". The following picture has made its way around several of my social media feeds many times over.

My initial thoughts were... really? Do our kids need more presents? closely followed by... we never had anything like this as kids growing up, we had to wait until Christmas day before we got to open any presents, is it really necessary?

So the first few years, I ignored it and didn't give it much thought. Then for some reason, this year... I would say it might have something to do with the fact that Hannah is almost 3 and is really starting to take it all in this year. Her little face lights up at all aspects of the Christmas concept. A little switch flicked inside of me and all of a sudden special family Christmas traditions is a really big deal and something I really want for my children. They are only small for such a short amount of time. I want Christmas and their memories of them to be such a magical, joyful, warm time.

So among other things we went Christmas light looking, did Santa photos, watched the carols by candle light and so on. Then I found this pin...

And it occurred to me, The Christmas Eve Box isn't about going and buying your kids another present. The items in the box were not just randomly chosen gifts. It is about building a family tradition. By purposely putting things in it that helps make Christmas eve not just another night. It wasn't until I seen this version of the Christmas Eve Box; which included things like a magical key to leave out for Santa, the special ornament to place on the tree, the cookie mix to make Santa a treat and the reindeer food. 

This stuff doesn't need to be brand new brought things every year or expensive commercialised presents! It plays a part in the family activities that you do together the night before Christmas. To prepare for Santa's arrival. Those magical, special, warm memories for children to have as they grow old!

So... I have been working on this-

I am not completely done, My hunt for a special magical Santa Key is not over yet, and as we are going away for Christmas day, it isn't practical to do baking the night before so we will start that next year and I didn't make Amelia her own box this year as she is just way to little to even care about any of this, so she will share Hannah's this year. But here is to our new tradition. 

I am also thinking of starting an 'Elf On The Shelf' next year. Another popular new "fad" that is going around at the moment. Why not... it's Christmas!

Do you have any special family Christmas traditions?


  1. Hi there, did you ever find a good key? I love your idea! <3 <3

    1. Hi, thanks for taking the time to comment. Sometime throughout the year I did manage to find one! I took a picture to show you but doesn't look like I can add it to my comment. Feel free to email me at and I can send it to you that way or comment on my Facebook page is another alternative for us to connect. I found a set of 3 cast iron keys on a large loop which actually fits over our door handle. I don't know if you are in Australia but I found them in a cheap shop style store called King Kong in Maryborough qld for $7. There is a similar store in Dalby qld called Oh My Gosh. They may post? I hope that helps!