Ever since I can remember, every year on the morning of Christmas eve, the Christmas elves would deliver our new pyjama’s and a Christmas story book. Because of this tradition, I looked forward to Christmas eve almost as much as I did Christmas day!
I couldn’t wait to continue this tradition with my own children – with the addition of our favourite Christmas must haves!
On the morning of Christmas eve, the children wake to discover their basket of goodies left out for them by the Christmas elves.
The basket usually contains a variation of the following;
- new pyjama’s
- a Christmas story book
- a cuddly toy and
- a Christmas craft activity
- a small Christmas chocolate
Christmas Story Book
I love to share stories with my children, every evening we share a story at bedtime to wind down after our busy day. Christmas eve is full of excitement, my favourite book to share during the Christmas period has to be a treasury of Christmas stories. This means that we can share a different Christmas story each night between Christmas eve and new years day.
A cuddly toy – the perfect accompaniment to settle down with at story time and bedtime.
A Christmas chocolate, e.g;
- chocolate coins
- chocolate lollipop
- chocolate figure – santa, penguin, snowman etc.
A Christmas craft activity
I change the chosen activity each year depending on the children’s age, interests and abilities, but some of our favourites include;
- making melted snowman biscuits
- decorating Christmas biscuits
- decorate a Christmas bauble
- make a Christmas decoration, e.g. popsicle stick star, pom pom wreath, beaded candy cane, pom pom fairy
- Christmas paper plate craft
- pom pom snowballs
- Snow globe by My Frugal Adventures
- Snowman activity tray by Happy Hooligans
- Felt snowman activity by I Can Teach My Child
- Popsicle stick crafts by Crafty Morning
Depending on the chosen activity, I collect everything that is needed to complete the activity into a gift box within the hamper.