I started a tradition two years ago called the night before Christmas Box where my kids got a present the night before Christmas arrived, around dinner time actually. It contained the following things to create a night full of fun we could remember and look forward to year after year, they were: (affiliate links present)
1. 1 pair of new Christmas themed pajamas ( Elf on the Shelf Pajamas here) for each child (& parents if I find them)
2. A Christmas movie all of us would enjoy (& hopefully haven’t seen before…Charlie Brown Collection is Great)
3. Ingredients to make a Christmas dessert that night
4. A box of popcorn
5. 1 special ornament per child/for the family
6. A box of hot cocoa mix
7. A bag of small marshmallows
(sometimes I will also include a new game if I find one, Qwirkle is our favorite)
Night before Christmas box
This year I chose the above items: Ice Age Christmas movie, hot cocoa, marshmallows, Qwirkle game (great for all ages), smores brownie mix in a jar, pjs for all 3 kids. The year before I found an ornament for each of my girls that represented things they enjoyed that year instead of the game, it is very versatile….and a great night before Santa arrives gift!!
The other thing I recommend if you’re reading this before Dec. hits is breaking down and getting An Elf On The Shelf.….it has a great story and is a fantastic way to celebrate the holiday season (even my 13 y.o. gets into it, moving it the night before for her sisters). A book comes with The Elf on the Shelf but the DVD version is really cute too and fun to watch the night before.
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