Yes, we didn’t know they were a thing either.
Apparently they are, though, and as cynical as we are inclined to be about new high street-fueled “traditions”, we find ourselves rather tempted to create CEBs for our own children this year.
What could be better than your child tottering downstairs after bath time to discover a beautiful box under the tree containing new slippers and bathrobes and a bedtime story and a toy to cuddle while they drift of the sleep on Christmas Eve?
Sorry, we’re getting carried away. Here are some Christmas Eve box ideas. Let us know if you have any others.
Ps we don’t think you need to bother wrapping up the contents of a Christmas Eve box… arrange the hoard carefully inside with a message from the big man himself.
Pps for a cheat version, scroll down to bottom of page!
The box …
Of course any gift box would do … but what about one of these personalised boxes from Etsy.com? You can then bring it out again next year, when you are forced to continue the tradition you have started.
One blog I read suggested that a Christmas Eve box can contain practical, every day things that you wouldn’t usually give for Christmas. We disagree. What child is going to want to open a box like that?
We think pjs are a good bet, and maybe slippers, a little game or toy they’ll use again and a Christmas story.
Here are some ideas ….
The traditional Christmas pyjama in tartan with the option to personalise the pocket with your child’s initials. Available in three colours, for children aged 0 to eight. £18 each, with an additional £5 for the personalised front pocket.
Moccis slipper socks
Everyone loves Moccis hand sewn slipper socks – Claudia Schiffer, Sienna Miller, the Beckhams will all be relaxing in them this Christmas.
They are also podiatrist approved as they give the sensation of being barefoot and are great for children’s muscle development and for avoiding injuries. They have non slip soles and are made to last.
The range of styles is HUGE: you can match with your little one or go for one of the collector’s editions. Personally we love the London busses and unicorns – that’s what our own children would go for – and the fair isle patterns, which are slightly more grown up.
♥ From £25 at Moccis.co.uk, although Mumfidential readers get £5 off with the code MUM. Valid until the 25th of December.
This gorgeous colouring book, which suits all ages, is produced in connection with the National Gallery.
It features colour images of some of the gallery’s best loved paintings, including Monet’s Irises, plus black and white versions for you to colour yourself. There are also blank frames for doodling and loads of stickers. Throw in a pack of simple Crayola crayons, too.
This is the book my parents always used to read me on Christmas Eve and I now read it to my children. It is a sweet and memorable story and the younger children adore the pictures. Unfortunately copies are difficult to come by… you might get lucky on Amazon, though. At the time of going live with this article, there was one left on Etsy.com If you can’t find it, other options for a Christmas story are Alfie’s Christmas and the Jolly Christmas Postman.
This magical, BioOrganic Sleep Time Pillow Mist is designed to help little ones drift off into a peaceful, snoozy sleep. The delicate infusion of flower waters combines with Rose quartz crystal water to help soothe and calm on Christmas Eve.
We’ve done the matchbox mouse boxes from Maileg (if you haven’t, you need to!) but there is always room in our home for a new friend like this gorgeous reindeer.
Cheat and buy a ready made Christmas Eve box!
The Merry Christmouse Box (£19.99) from Timeout Bags is crammed with eight different festive activities including a cute mouse in a matchbox, a red velvet Santa’s hat and the all-important Christmas Eve bedtime story.
♥ Timeout Bags is offering our readers a generous 10% discount off any Christmas Box or Travel Bag ordered before 20th December 2019. Just enter the code “merrychristmouse” when ordering from their website.