This is our final instalment as part of the Festive Family Holiday Hop And Gift Guide. We have posted about our DIY Toddler Activity Gift Box and 7 Christmas Toddler Play Activities. Today’s post is based on Festive Family Fun.
Last year we created our first Christmas Eve Box. The box made an appearance at sunset on Christmas Eve and provides treats in the lead up to the big day. Adam was 19 months old and the box contained Christmas picture books, The Polar Express DVD, Christmas pyjamas and cookies.
This year our Christmas Eve Box was purchased from Asda and the contents inside are covered with a Christmas Tree sack from PoundLand. The contents of our Christmas Eve Box has been put together in collaboration with local Norfolk businesses.
Our 2014 Christmas Eve Box contains a Father Christmas plate, a ‘Santa Please Stop Here’ sign, a hand stitched t-shirt, The Snowman and the Snowdog Magazine and Christmas related memory keepsakes.
One of my earliest childhood Christmas memories is leaving a mince pie out for Father Christmas. I can remember being amazed the next day that the mince pie had been eaten. I can’t wait for Adam to leave out the plate of treats for Father Christmas and Rudolph – I wonder how he will react the next day.
This amazing personalised Christmas Eve plate is from Dot Dot Spot, a Norwich based business. Dot Dot Spot personalises cups, plates and Christmas decorations. The Christmas Eve plate is bone china and has an excellent finish to it.
On Christmas Eve we shall be placing this “Santa please stop here for Adam” sign just above our fireplace.
Our personalised Wooden Santa and Friends Sign is from Many Fab Things, another Norfolk based business. The sign can be personalised with up to 25 characters and is 20cm by 10cm. It comes with a ribbon attached so it is ready to hang.
Christmas Eve wouldn’t be complete without new clothes. This year Adam shall be wearing a hand-stitched t-shirt that has been made especially for him.
Bitsy Boo Broidery creates “fun personalised T-Shirts for little people”. They have a range of hand stitched Christmas related T-shirts including girl and boy reindeer, gingerbread men and ladies and a gingerbread house. Each t-shirt is made to order and therefore unique to your little one. Bitsy Boo Broidery posts their t-shirts across the UK and Ireland.
A Bitsy Boo Broidery t-shirt is not just for Christmas though. They have a large range of designs from windmills, cupcakes, trains, owls and patchwork letter t-shirts. Keep an eye out for their latest designs as they are continually updated. Ordering a t-shirt is easy. You simply pick a design, pick a t-shirt colour and inbox your order via their Facebook page. You can see Adam wearing another Bitsy Boo Broidery creation on his second birthday.
We were sent a a copy of ‘The Snowman and The Snowdog’ Magazine to review and immediately decided it would be a perfect addition to our Christmas Eve Box.
Redan Publishing has released a one off Fun To Learn magazine that is aimed at children aged 4-9 years old. The 32 page magazine comes with an educational 16 page work book with reward stickers as well as stories and activities based around Raymond Briggs’ Christmas characters. Inside the pack there is also a magic painting book and a sparkling snow globe.
The Snowman and the Snowdog Magazine costs £3.99 and is perfect to keep children happy over the hectic Christmas period. On Christmas Eve Adam and I shall be looking through the magazine together and will certainly be making the ‘Christmas Cottage’. The magazine is available from all major supermarkets and newsagents from 20th November.
Our Christmas Eve Box also contains memorabilia from Adam’s first Christmas. We have a “My First Christmas” photo album from Mamas and Papas that we filled with photographs from 2012 and a “Letter to Santa” keepsake that was also purchased from Mamas and Papas the year that Adam was born. Each year we shall leave a message to Father Christmas and this will be placed above our fireplace on Christmas Eve.
UPDATED FOR 2015:
We have just had a delivery from Bitsy Boo Broidery. Here is Adam’s Snowman hand made T-Shirt to wear on Christmas Eve. I love the detail of the Snowman and the Christmas Tree!
This year we opted for a long sleeve blue T-Shirt. The T-Shirts make wonderful keepsakes too. Check out the full collection over on Bitsy Boo Broidery’s Facebook Page.
Do you have any festive family traditions? What is inside your Christmas Eve Box?
Disclaimer: We were given the above items to review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.
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