You’ve heard of Christmas Eve boxes no doubt, well I tried them out for a few years when my three children were little little and honestly for me it felt like too much, the kids seemed incredibly overwhelmed and more hyped up than anything! Often we go out on Christmas Eve and so then trying to fit in the Christmas Eve box too just became more stress than it needed to be, along with the pressure to fit in with this new norm of social media pressure, just all felt too much.
The new Christmas pyjamas only being worn for a couple of nights felt too much, along with trying to fit in activities, hot chocolates, and whatever else usually ends up in a Christmas Eve box, until one year I thought nope, I’m switching it up. Now this may not be for you, and that’s absolutely ok, but I see and have felt a lot of pressure with social media and the feeling of inadequacy if you don’t do all the things, what’s more important is creating traditions for your family, traditions that neither cause a lot of stress nor a sense of needing to keep up with jones’! Ones that your children will treasure and will look back on with fond memories.
Instead of a Christmas Eve box, I went with doing a box on the first of December instead, so then the Christmas pyjamas have more chance of being worn throughout December, the advent calendars can be popped in and any other little bits you want, then Christmas Eve can be more chilled and there’s no more pressure.
I did a video on this on Tiktok and have found many others who do the same, for me it’s not about giving gifts etc the box is purely to gift Christmas pyjamas, chocolates and advent calendars, we have the Elf on a Shelf in our home, so he brings the box, and then throughout December I do little things like build a gingerbread house, along with days out which I leave from the “Elf”.
Here’s what I included in the December 1st box this year (2022)
- Advent Calendars
- Christmas Pyjamas
- Christmas Film Challenge
- Candy canes
- small chocolates
- Hot chocolate
I do one box for all three of my children so it just comes as one parcel, I wrap it in Christmas paper, the paper I choose will be the same for wrapping the gifts in the stockings as these are from Santa.
In the past I have bought second hand pyjamas, this year I’ve had a lot going on and so I didn’t have time, I grabbed some from Primark instead for £8.00 each, they love having the same and being all matchy matchy. The book I included was given to us a few years ago, which I thought would be really lovely to re-use this year, the book includes chapters to read each day with little activities to do each day. The Christmas Film Challenge I created in Canva and just chose twenty four films from Netflix and Disney+ that we can choose one a day to watch.
The takeaway here is if you’re feeling stressed over Christmas, just take a step back little ones can feel overwhelmed when too many things are going on, so instead of stressing over that Christmas Eve box and obviously as I’m writing this after the 1st December, if you have the Elf on a Shelf, leave the Christmas pyjamas out one evening with them, or just do a little parcel with pyjamas one day, chocolates another, a book or two another day, spread it out so Christmas Eve can be a relaxing time to spend as a family.
If this has been helpful or your have any questions I would love for you leave a comment.