Online parenting comment boards have been the ablaze with discussion about a ‘new tradition’ known as Christmas Eve boxes since 2016. And, after four years, it’s safe to say the trend seems to be here to stay. It’s pretty self explanatory, it sees lucky children receive a box of presents on Christmas Eve. Think of it as an early Christmas stocking.
The fad is understood to be borne of the German tradition of opening presents on Christmas Eve, but may also reflect the fact that when December 24 rolls around, children in the UK can simply no longer contain their excitement.
While some see the boxes as adding unnecessary expense and rigmarole to the already crowded Christmas calendar, for others it’s a means to convene and treat each other to a few goodies. It adds a sense of ceremony and occasion to the giving of essential items that would have been bought anyway. It fits nicely after a family dinner and just before the obligatory mince pie and carrot are left out for Father Christmas and his reindeer.
What should I put in a Christmas Eve box?
The most popular inclusions are:
- Sweet treats, from hot chocolate to marshmallows
1. The box
Begin with a small crate or a cardboard box – a large shoe box works perfectly, and comes with a neat lid. For something a little sturdier and reusable, try this beautifully designed hand-crafted wooden box from Liberty (£195, Liberty) or a personalised one from Not On The High Street (£34.99, Not On The High Street).