I’ve re-posted this from my photography blog as I thought some of you might like it…
This year was the first of my new tradition – Christmas Eve Boxes! I saw a post on facebook about a little box for kids to open on Christmas Eve and I thought it would fit quite nicely with my children’s Norwegian heritage (they open ALL presents on Xmas eve there). I had a lot of fun getting the bits and pieces together, here’s what they got….Opening xmas eve boxes


A pretty box (Paperchase)
A mug with their initial on it (M&S)
A jar filled with hot chocolate and marshmallows (three jars from hobby craft, Cadbury’s hot chocolate and mini marshmallows from Waitrose) This could also be done by grinding real chocolate in your Thermomix instead of using hot chocolate powder.
A snack – mini choclate fingers
New pyjamas (John Lewis) M & L had glow in the dark ones and Z got star wars
A couple of movies to pick from – I chose Harry Potter as Z has just started reading them & Shaun the sheep – they chose to watch Harry Potter on xmas Christmas Eve. *update* – in later years I use a voucher I write myself for any movie on Prime/netflix etc
Bags of popcorn


They loved it!  First they got into their new pyjamas, made the hot chocolate in their mugs and then they sat down to watch Harry potter with their snacks and popcorn and we joined them.  It was massive hit and a lovely thing to do to wind down on Xmas eve, as let’s face it, they’re pretty much bouncing off the walls in anticipation and it stopped the ‘please can we just open ONE?????’ for a little while.
Xmas eve box
Oh and an extra bonus – I’d told my husband about the boxes and after the kids got them, I got surprised with my own box from the kids and hubby with a cookery book, bath bombs, a couple of magazines and a santa hat – hopefully they’ll keep up that tradition too!

*Update* I’ve now been doing this a few years so I change it up a bit each time, I always include chocolates/snacks, popcorn & pyjamas but they do’t need a mug each year and sometimes I make hot chocolate sticks in my Thermomix or a chocolate bomb https://cookidoo.co.uk/recipes/recipe/en/r646999 

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