With Christmas almost upon us, just two weeks left until Christmas Eve, the time has come to get our Christmas Eve Box ready for the big day.
and Magic Key (as we don’t have a real fireplace, we hang this key outside the back door so that Santa can let himself in – obviously it’s not a real key!). We also have a little box for the Elf Treats (we ice Weetos and dip them in sprinkles to make Elf Doughnuts, and use Cookie Crisp cereal for Elf-sized Cookies).
We also have our ticket and sleigh bell for The Polar Express, we usually watch the film on Christmas Eve and the kids pass round the sleigh bell to make sure they all still believe.
Another item inside our box, is a new tradition for us that started last year The Christmas Pickle. We leave it out for Santa on Christmas Eve. When he arrives to deliver our presents, he hides the Pickle somewhere on the Christmas Tree. Whichever child is the first one to spot the pickle on the tree gets an extra present from Santa, we call it The Pickle-Finder present. (This is a generic Christmassy treats gift of Chocolate or Sweets, suitable for anyone). There are many versions of this tradition but this is the method we have chosen to adopt. It adds a little extra fun on Christmas morning as everyone tries to find the pickle first.
Everything is packed in, ready for the kids to open on Christmas Eve.