‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse!’. But when you have excited little ones, who are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Father Christmas, Christmas Eve can be anything but a silent night.
With all that magic and anticipation in the air it can be especially hard to get youngsters settled into bed and fast asleep. A Christmas Eve Box, a new tradition for parents, will give children something to open before the big day and get them all snuggled up and sleepy, ready for bed.
A Recipe for Reindeer Food
Fill a plastic sandwich bag with a handful of porridge oats, a tablespoon of cinnamon, a teaspoon of sugar and some sequins or glitter to create sparkly reindeer food for Rudolph and the gang. Attach a note with the below poem, so your youngsters know to sprinkle some outside to make sure Father Christmas can see which house to visit.
Sprinkle this reindeer food outside tonight,
The moon will make it sparkle bright,
As the reindeer fly and roam,
This will guide them to your home!
A Key for Father Christmas
If your home doesn’t have a chimney for Father Christmas to climb down, then he might need a bit of a helping hand. Find an old key from the back of a draw and place in your Christmas Eve Box with a label that says ‘Santa’s Magic Key’. Children can leave the key out for Father Christmas, so he has a way of coming into the house and claiming his Sherry and mince pie.
Hot Chocolate in a Jam Jar
You can’t beat a delicious milky hot chocolate before visiting the land of nod, and the ingredients make a great item for the Christmas Eve Box. Find an empty jam jar and fill it with coco powder, sugar, a pinch of cinnamon and marshmallows on top. Screw on the lid and tie a festive bow around the jar, and voila!
Soft Pyjamas and Slippers
Soft and fluffy new pyjamas and slippers are a great item for the box, and it means hopefully no tantrums when you say it’s time to put on their jammies! Snuggle under a warm blanket and read a bedtime story, and before you know it, they’ll be fast asleep.