Create a fun, memorable family tradition by making a surprise box for Christmas Eve for everyone to share!
So, as the sun goes down, the girls can open up this box and the cosy, fun traditions can begin. Whoop!
Absolutely anything could go into this box, and none of it needs to be new or expensive. I’ve been collecting some of these things for a while whenever I’ve seen them in the shops on offer, and others are just from around the house. Everything is exciting when it’s wrapped up, whether it’s new or not!
Firstly, there are some new matching jammies for the girls to wear! I will post separately about the tops that I made them to go with these. And some snugly socks for getting cosy. Daddy and I will also have our new jammies ready to wear too! (I figured you didn’t need to see those!) We plan to get right into our jammies mid-afternoon and get cosy for the rest of the day, oh yes
Then there’s a Christmas movie kit. A new film that we haven’t seen before, popcorn, cute little mugs and hot chocolate and marshmallows. Mmmmmmmm!
Next, there is a pile of books to read together just before bed! I found our current favourite Christmas stories and will wrap these up too, so that they are more exciting to discover! Lucy and Tom’s Christmas is, hands down, my absolute favourite story for this time of year (apart from the Nativity of course!) It is so evocative of a more simple and treasured childhood, delightfully old-fashioned and focused on all the important elements of family, childish excitement, gift giving and special traditions. I love it!
And, most importantly of all for our family, there is the much cherished book about the birth of Jesus, with beautiful illustrations and a really lovely retelling of the Biblical account. We will read this around the tree, near to the fire and then sing some of the Christmas hymns we have been learning. C is very good at teaming “away in a manger” with her own invented dance and Pop has the actions down pat!
There’s also the very last book, number 24, from our Nativity Advent Calendar (mentioned in the Nativity Small World Play post) which will be a lovely way to end the evening before bedtime and stockings!