Hey lovely readers! With twinkling lights, holiday vibes, and the air filled with joy, Christmas has a magic that’s hard to replicate at any other time of the year. And as every parent knows, seeing that wonder through the eyes of your toddler? Simply unforgettable. Last year, I stumbled upon a Christmas tradition that’s been making waves in the parenting world: Christmas Eve boxes for toddlers.
And let me tell you, it’s the sweetest pre-Christmas surprise to kick-start the holiday magic.
What’s a Christmas Eve Box?
If you haven’t come across this trend yet, don’t worry – it’s a relatively new tradition. The idea is simple: on Christmas Eve, instead of waiting for the big day to start the celebrations, you present your little one with a box filled with small gifts and activities (I like to wrap the little items because kids love opening them).
To ramp up the excitement, have some quality family time, and make the night before Christmas just as memorable as the day itself.
Curating the Perfect Christmas Eve Box
The beauty of a Christmas Eve box is that it’s personal. It’s a reflection of your family traditions, your toddler’s likes, and the special moments you want to create.
Your Christmas Eve box for your toddler can be any size you want, small, or medium large. There are plenty to choose from, but we suggest buying one you can use year after year. You can customize your toddler’s Christmas Even box, or buy a pre-made box.
Here are some ideas to help you curate the most magical box with these Christmas Eve box fillers:
- Christmas Pajamas: Begin the magic with holiday PJs that scream Christmas morning photos! It’ll be the first thing they’ll want to wear after opening the box. And! you can get family-matching pajamas 😉
- The best item I put in my toddler Christmas Eve box was a fun camera made for kids, charged and ready to go. My toddler LOVED the camera and was able to take photos herself as well as photos in the morning.
- Christmas Books for Toddlers: A bedtime story on Christmas Eve is always the sweetest tradition. I have purchased a book for each of my kids since they were babies and write on the inside how old they were that year, and a little sentimental note was written on the inside. You can find the best Christmas books for toddlers here.
- Craft Supplies: Think of fun traditions like painting a Christmas ornament for a special holiday keepsake, a card for Santa, holiday sticker books, LCD tablets, and Wikisticks.
- A cozy holiday blanket for bedtime: Get your toddler ready for bedtime on Christmas Eve and snuggle on Christmas morning with a new cozy holiday blanket.
- Christmas Treats & Eats: Think of hot cocoa packets, marshmallows, a Christmas mug of their own, Christmas cookies, or Christmas candies and snacks. Add some popcorn, and pick a holiday movie for a quiet Christmas Eve movie night in cozy new pajamas. Oh! and don’t forget reindeer food!
Remember, it’s not about the quantity but the quality and thoughtfulness of each item!
Toddler Christmas Box-Extra Sparkle
It’s all in the details, right? Here are some ways to up the game:
- Personalization: From monogrammed PJs to personalized storybooks, there’s something so special about gifts that have your child’s name on them. We love these personalized plush dolls for girls, name puzzles, or a Dinkleboo book.
- Themed Goodies: If your toddler has a favorite Christmas character, say Rudolph or Frosty, theme the box around it! I start collecting goodies in October so it was filled with tons of fun and special items.
- Handwritten Notes: Pop in a little note from Santa thanking your toddler for being good all year. It’ll be a keepsake for years to come.
Christmas Sensory Bin. Check out our Christmas Sensory Bin for Toddlers, featuring a delightful hot cocoa theme. Engage little hands and minds with festive textures and scents. Perfect for holiday exploration and imaginative play. Find the guide here!
Why We Are Loving This Tradition
In the whirlwind of holiday madness, it’s easy to lose sight of what Christmas is all about – spending quality time with loved ones. The Christmas Eve box serves as a reminder to pause, savor the moments leading up to Christmas, and indulge in the anticipation.
They grow up so fast! Establishing traditions like these not only gives them something to look forward to each year but also leaves them with a treasure trove of memories.
Wrapping It Up (Pun Intended!)
In a world where everything is go-go-go, the Christmas Eve box encourages us to slow down and cherish the magic of the season. Whether you go all out or keep it simple, it’s the love, thought, and time you put into the box that your toddler will remember and cherish.
So, whether you’re a parent, aunt, uncle, or godparent, consider starting this heartwarming tradition. And if you do, don’t forget to share your Christmas Eve box for toddlers with me!
Wishing you all a magical holiday season filled with love, laughter, and the pure joy of a toddler on Christmas morning.
Jen & Kids!
P.S. I’d love to hear from you. Drop in your Christmas Eve box filler ideas in the comments below. Let’s inspire each other and spread the festive cheer!
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