I love Christmas as it such a magical time of the year when you have children. As a mum i am always looking for new Christmas traditions and new ideas of things that can make Christmas that little bit more magical and special for my children. Last year i seen a few people mention Christmas eve boxes/baskets they had made there children and i thought they were such a lovely idea, as Christmas eve can be rather long and boring when you are a child as you are so desperate for Santa to visit . So a Christmas eve basket will be something nice for them to have on Christmas eve morning to occupy them (hopefully).
|Toddler Christmas Eve Basket|
This year i have made Sophia a toddler basket and Chloe a Tweenage one , i was going to make Jacob a first christmas one but he will only be four month's old and will not have a clue what is happening so i have not bothered this year. I have really enjoyed buying little bits and putting these baskets together and i hope that the girls enjoy them as i think that this will become a one of are new family Christmas tradition's. So here is what is inside Sophia's basket , who will be 19 month's old on Christmas day.
|Sophia's Christmas basket|
I got the basket from home bargains for around £5 , i think the red material makes them look rather festive and because it is a basket i can keep them after Christmas and use them to store things in her
I think that as Christmas eve is so long and boring for children that it is a nice idea to include some kind of activity to keep them occupied. As Sophia is still so young i have got her a Christmas colouring book which was from poundland and some crayola first crayons which are for children aged 12 months plus as they are nice and chunky so they can not snap them. Sophia loves colouring so i think she will really enjoy this.
I also thought it would be nice to include a Christmas book , again as she is still young i did not want to get her a book she could rip the pages out of so i got her That's Not My Fairy book which is from usborne. Sophia has a few of these books and she loves them and they are great books for baby's and toddlers so i thought this would be a nice one to add to her collection. I got this from amazon for £4.
|A Christmas Book|
A letter from Santa , i love the idea of children getting a letter from Santa and i was lucky enough to review this letter service from the Lapland mail room recently which you can read about here. I have kept this letter which also includes an activity pack in so i can put it in her Christmas basket. I am also planning on keeping this after Christmas and putting it in her keepsake box. We loved these letters so much that we are planning on making it a one of are family Christmas traditions that the children receive a letter from Santa each year.
|A Letter Of Santa|
Sweet treats, Sophia loves chocolate but i did not want to get her lots of sweeties but i have included a chocolate lolly from sainsburys, some white chocolate coins from tesco , a little cadbury mouse and some cadbury festive biscuits. Obviously i wont let her eat all of them but we will give her some of the chocolate and a few biscuits on Christmas eve while we watch Christmas films.
A tradition that we have had in are house since Chloe was very young is to sprinkle reindeer dust outside on Christmas eve before bed, so the reindeer can find there way to are house. Chloe normally brings some home from school every year but now she is in high school so wont be and i seen this in the card factory for 99p and brought some although i know most people just make it them self with porridge and glitter.
Nice cosy pyjamas everyone has to have new Christmas pyjamas . Every single person i know gets new pyjamas for Christmas eve. My dad has always brought them new pyjamas to wear every Xmas eve and he has got Sophia some Sofia the first ones as it is one of her favourite programs but we seen these ones in Asda for £8 and couldn't resit them so we have got her them and we are just going to let her wear them on Christmas eve day time as we are planning on having a lazy day at home watching films and wearing pyjamas, then she can wear the new ones of her grandad on the night time.
Slippers, we have never actually brought Sophia any slippers before but she loves Doc Mcstuffin and she is obsessed with shoes and would wear her shoes all day if we let her . So we thought she would love these and she can wear them when she comes downstairs on Christmas morning as we have wood flooring and it will be cold. These were £6 in Asda.
A Christmas bib, Sophia never wears bibs but since we had Jacob and she See's him wearing them all the time she has actually wore a one and keeps them on. So we thought we would get a Christmas one that she can wear on Christmas day like her brother. This one is from Zippy suit and is really cute and festive and Jacob has a similar one and they only cost £1.50, total bargain.
|A Christmas Bib|
We also got this personalised stocking as i have a smiliar one off when i was a child and Chloe has a similar one of when she was born and last year Sophia had a first christmas one so i wanted to get her a nice one she could keep and use every year this year. It was only £5 from a little stall in the shopping centre where we live.
So that's what in Sophia's Christmas eve basket. Do you make your children a Christmas eve basket and if so what do you put in them?