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Amelia's Christmas Eve Basket


Last Christmas Amelia was only 8 months old, it feels like only yesterday we were all sat around the tree opening presents and playing with all the new toys. This year she will be 20 months old and it will be so much fun! She will understand more than last year and be able to open her own presents. I can't wait to take her to see Santa and how magical Christmas is. I love Christmas, it's my favourite time of the year. Being able to listen to Christmas songs on repeat all day, eat as much as I like, and Christmas shopping! I have so many memories from when I was little of Christmas day and I want Amelia to have many as she gets older too! 

I have decided to start a new Christmas tradition in our family and every year starting this year I will make up a basket full of goodies and let Amelia have it on Christmas eve to get her feeling Christmasy and we can sit around and watch films all day in our Christmas onesies. I am well prepared this year and have got all of her bits ready and waiting. I can't wait to see her face when she is older and watch it light up every Christmas eve when she receives her next basket.

Here's what's in Amelia'a Christmas Eve basket:

Chocolate coins
Chocolate bunny

Every year I will buy her a new pair of pyjamas and chocolates and maybe include a few new Christmas items. I've even thought of making myself one and including Christmas Yankee candles, candy canes, Christmas films, slippers and other festive bits. After all Christmas isn't just for the littles. You could make one for your other half or even a friend and swap boxes. 

Do you have any Christmas traditions? What's in your child's Christmas eve box? This can be done on any budget and for any age. 

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84 comments

  1. I'm doing a Christmas Eve box. I have his Mickey Mouse pjs & dressing gown, Santa slippers, a reindeer book which has a hand puppet bit in it, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Mickey Saves Christmas DVD, chocolate buttons & I got a Mickey Mouse Christmas cookie baking kit so we'll make those for Santa :). I like the idea of Christmas socks and reindeer food!

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  2. What a great idea, I have never heard of Christmas Eve box before, but now I am going to make one

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  3. Ava will be 21 months this year. I'm also making a christmas eve basket for her. I think it's such a nice idea. I'm just waiting on some dvds to arrive and it will be almost ready! Xx

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  4. I love the idea of a christmas eve box/hamper. We always have new pj's on Christmas eve & I think maybe next year we will start doing a little hamper as they look like so much fun :)

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  5. What a great idea! Think I might put one together too!

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  6. What a fantastic idea will have to try this for my girls :) it was my youngests first christmas last year and was still so small from being premature. Every year we sprinkle some reindeer dust outside and put out treats for santa and the reindeers and all snuggle up and watch a christmas movie with their new jammies (still trying to get this years as want to get them matching lol)

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  7. I've only just discovered Christmas Eve boxes and we'll definitely be doing it every year from now on!

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  8. what a brilliant idea, will have to try and remember this idea for next year x

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  9. What a lovely idea, especially for a young child. To get them prepared, and familiar with the 'spirit of Christmas'. Your idea of expanding the idea :- to do something similar for yourself sounds nice. You may have just inspired myself and others to start up the same, or similar tradition. I would like mine to include pyjamas and slipper, some cocoa (hot chocolate), mince pies etc. Sounds wonderful to me. Best Wishes for Christmas.

    Rachel Craig

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  10. What a great idea. Thank you for giving me some nice ideas. David Mitchell

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  11. I love the idea of a Christmas Eve basket but personally I think you've included too much; especially when they will get lots of gifts the following day. I would have just included the book, a DVD, pyjamas and reindeer food - I think the amount of chocolate you have included is unnecessary. Sorry to be critical!

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    1. You're right I probably have included too much, I got a bit carried away haha! We (i) will probably eat the chocolate before Christmas eve and the dvd's will be watched before then too.

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  12. I'd lov to do sonething like this :) such a cute idea x

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  13. What a gorgeous idea. Love the owl PJ's x

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  14. What a lovely idea and I love that you've started a new tradition. My Nan used to do something every Christmas that I started doing again when my sons were little and we still do it today. They love it. I buy about 100 little gifts (up to £1 each) throughout the year, wrap them all up and put a raffle ticket on each one. Then after tea on Christmas day we take turns to take a raffle ticket until all the numbers are taken. Then I pick out the gifts one by one, handing them to the person with the corresponding number. When all the gifts are handed out we unwrap them, then swap and share. It's a must that there's at least one box of Maslteasers in there because Nan always put one in. That's our family Christmas tradition and I'd love it if my sons did it with their families when they have them.

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  15. wow this is a great idea,will be trying this with my daughter.

    just wanted to say Jen64,what a great idea too will do this next year my kids will love it!!

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  16. I love the idea of a xmas eve box. My youngest is the same age as amelia. I may have to (borrow some of your ideas) fab idea x

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  17. Thats a lovely tradition. We have a Christmas Breakfast Banquet where we have a relaxed family morning eating many scrumptious treats while we swap presents :)

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  18. This is really good idea ... will try it

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  19. Nina Motylinski-Davies8 December 2013 at 17:24

    Never heard of this but would love to try it!

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  20. Lovely idea, my sons are 28 months and 9 months so they still don't know what's going on!

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  21. lovely idea, we always love getting gift baskets or boxes

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  22. Love the idea of a Christmas Eve box. We always get him new pjs and then watch a christmassy film together.

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  23. What a great tradition that you have started!

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  24. Aww what a lovely idea! I have never thought of this, thank you :)

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  25. What a lovely idea, I may have to do something like this, we have no christmas eve traditions other than last minute panics x

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  26. such a lovely idea xmas eve my kids all have new pjs and an xmas movie and story

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  27. I'm definitely going to do this!! What a lovely idea. Amelia will love it I bet x

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  28. This is such a lovely idea i might steal it *puts on thinking cap*

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  29. We do this every year and the kids love it - always leave them Christmas pyjamas, a Christmas book and a Christmas dvd!

    Ashleigh

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  30. no christmas eve box, but we skype with family in Germany as in Germany you celebrate Christmas at Christmas eve. We sing some Carols together and they show us what they have unwrapped. We then skype again on Christmas day to show what we did unwrap

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  31. Briiliant idea!!

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  32. I now have a Chinese wife so my Christmas is a lot less Christmassy than before as I'm the only one doing anything. One tradition I will always keep is a stocking for the children to wake up to on Christmas morning

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  33. This is really cool, and actually make's Christmas even more exciting for children, I don't have any children yet, but this is definitely a great idea and one I will use when I do have my own :)

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  34. Pillow cases are our tradition :)

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  35. Such a cute tradition, I must think of something like this! @criscurran

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  36. What a lovely idea. We all get new pyjamas on Christmas eve

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  37. That is a lovely idea. My little boy will be 19 months this Christmas, I am so stealing this idea. Thanks.

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  38. Fab idea! I'm definitely going to steal it!

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  39. Amelia is such a lucky little girl having a clever mummy like you. What a fab idea. I've never heard of this before but I am certainly going to start. At the moment my children are allowed to have a little present before they go to bed on Christmas eve. They, I say they when really i mean my older one (4) and little one (one on the way) help make up a Santa and Rudolph plat. when son will be old enough to understand this year and will help with the mince pies and carrots and drink. later when they are asleep Santa dust(glitter) is sprinkled on the floor leading to the stocking. With a boot print in it. Santa leave a little piece of mince pie just to show he has been. On the morning we have the house all light up and Christmas music on and then the exciting bit is next. I watch and wait for two little excited faces light up as we wake them and tell them Father Christmas has been. Those little innocent faces are my best Christmas presents. I'm sure Amelia is going to be just as excited this year as my youngest one. Just old enough to start to understand things. You'll love this Christmas so much. Thanks for the idea of the box. I'm off tomorrow to make two up and start this lovely tradition in our house. Merry Christmas!

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  40. Great idea, I wanted to do a Christmas eve box for my 17 month old son but my hubby said his sister doesnt do anything like that and as we will all be staying at the in laws it may cause problems :(

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  41. wow this has me thinking xx

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  42. What a fantastic idea for having a Christmas Eve Basket, we always make a big thing of christmas eve

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  43. That's really lovely. I did a box last year but your basket is much prettier!

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  44. lovely idea, some lovely things to

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  45. Cute! Love the owl pjs idea. Little kids in pjs are quite possible the cutest thing ever.

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  46. laura jayne bates11 December 2013 at 20:41

    what a fab idea never thought of that

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  47. Love this idea, Jamie is only 6 months so will get pj's & a book this year x

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  48. what a brilliant idea hun x

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  49. I love this idea my little girl would love it

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  50. Pam Francis Gregory14 December 2013 at 13:13

    What a great idea!

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  51. I love this idea

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  52. This is such a cute idea, think I've found new treats for the nieces and nephews :)

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  53. I am planning to do one this Christmas for my children!

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  54. I absolutely love the idea of this! I made a valentines basket for my other half because we don't tend to buy each other presents and I see birthday ones too. He very much loved it and this is so cute for Amelia and I think it would be nice if we got Josh into it! Especially a christmas eve book that would be lovely to read christmas eve with him! I do love christmas too I love playing songs on repeat as well, you only get this once a year and I love all the lights and how pretty everything is! :) Great post I love your blog! xx

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  55. This looks so good - remembered this from last year - I am going to use the reindeer food idea in mines too this year and I normally just do a wrapped up present but love the basket idea!

    Ashleigh

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  56. Awww that's such a lovely idea!! Definitely something to consider for this year!!

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  57. Brilliant Idea, i'm going to do this! x

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