If you’re stressed out trying to create funny, witty or hilarious Elf on the Shelf scenarios for your kids (and your Instagram) then let us introduce you to a slightly easier and much less labour-intensive new Christmas craze that’s doing the rounds – the Christmas Eve box.

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What is a Christmas Eve box?

It’s a box (anything from a cardboard box to something more fancy like a carved version or a personalised box) of Christmas goodies given on Christmas Eve, usually to small children as a way of building up the excitement for Christmas.


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What goes into a Christmas Eve box?

Typically, it’s filled with things like Christmas pyjamas, a film for the whole family to watch, a Christmas-themed book to read before bedtime on December 24, and some sweets.

Some people include games or hot chocolate and a Christmassy mug or a special bubble bath. The idea is that the box is given in anticipation of Christmas day and gives children something to focus on on Christmas Eve that’s not avoiding bedtime or asking to open presents.

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Can you buy a ready-made Christmas Eve box?

Not yet but some stores have jumped onto the trend and are selling empty Christmas Eve boxes. Check out Matalan and JoJo Maman Bebe for traditional Christmassy designs or notonthehighstreet for personalised boxes. Hobbycraft have a range too, plus craft accessories so you can design your own.

You don’t need to spend a fortune buying and filling them – break up selection packs for chocolate, buy mini hot chocolate sachets and skip buying a DVD and instead include pretend cinema tickets for the kids to watch a film you know is on Netflix.