‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house… I’m writing this post by the light of our Christmas tree with instrumental music playing in the background. Now that we were finally able to hang ornaments on our tree, it is finally starting to feel like Christmas. I am very excited to share our family tradition of Christmas Boxes with you. They have become one of my new favorite Christmas traditions.
Growing up our family always did the same thing on Christmas Eve. Mom would put the ham and potatoes in the oven. We would go to Christmas Eve service at Church. After, we would come home and eat Christmas dinner on mom’s fine China. Everyone helped clear the table, put away all of the food, and handwash all of the dishes. Then, the event my brother and I couldn’t wait for…we were like “kids on Christmas”. Oh wait, we were kids on Christmas! It was time to OPEN PRESENTS!!!
When my husband was growing up, Christmas presents weren’t opened until Christmas day in his house. This caused us some challenges as we worked to figure out what the tradition would be in our house. He did it my way for many years. Several years ago we adopted the tradition of going to the midnight service at our Church. The service starts at 11 pm and ends just past midnight in a dark sanctuary with everyone holding a candle and singing silent night. We have continued this tradition even though this means we have to wake our children up and bring them to church in the middle of the night. When we started doing this, we stopped opening presents on Christmas Eve so our kids could head to bed early and get some sleep.
A New Tradition is Born
I found these great boxes at a craft store last year and immediately knew that they held the magic for a great new family tradition. I had an idea that would allow me to feel like I was honoring my childhood tradition of opening presents on Christmas Eve while honoring my husband’s family tradition of opening on Christmas Day. And so the tradition of Christmas Eve boxes was born in our house. I have purchased a box for each of my three children. I fill the boxes with lots of Christmas love and goodies.
Ideas for what to put into the boxes
- Christmas PJs (to wear to bed on Christmas Eve)
- A Christmas Book
- Hot Chocolate & Marshmallows
- Mug (for the Hot Chocolate)
- A Christmas Snack
- A Movie to Watch as a Family
- A Cozy Blanket
The kids get to open their boxes before bedtime on Christmas Eve. Last year they all changed into their PJs, enjoyed a cup of hot cocoa and we read their Christmas books before they headed to bed. This year I purchased a new movie for us all to watch together on Christmas morning.
To make our tradition even more special, I have asked each of the kids to write their favorite memory from Christmas that year. Their memory goes into their Christmas box before it gets packed away. Each year they will get to read their Christmas memory from all of the past years.
Just for fun…here is an outtake from our Christmas Eve boxes
I love sharing this tradition with my kids. I hope you have enjoyed it as well! What is your favorite Christmas tradition in your house?