There was a time when Hubby and I would go out on Christmas Eve, normally to a party or local pub. Needless to say we would probably wake up Christmas morning feeling a little worse for wear. Since having little people join us though our Christmas Eve’s are very different. Instead of going out partying we try and take the time to relax into Christmas. We spend the afternoon getting as much prepared for Christmas Dinner as possible. Once the veggies are all done we settle down to open the boys Christmas Eve boxes.

Here are our 10 essentials for our Christmas Eve night in:

1. Christmas Jumpers

This year our Christmas Jumpers have come from Nutmeg at Morrisons. This year is the first year that they are selling matching knits for all the family and have very kindly sent us four! The boys all have matching blue reindeer jumpers and I have a black fluffy one to match. They are all part of their mini me range. The boys love theres and have already worn them loads. I like them as they wash well and its the thoughtful little things that matter, such as no itchy neck labels for kids. They are available in kids (1-14 years £10) and adult sizes (8-22/S-XXXL £12). You will be able to find yours in your local Morrisons store and all kids clothes are covered by Morrisons 200-day no quibble guarantee.

2. Films 

I normally let Monkey chose which one we are going to watch, inevitably it will be either a Disney classic or something suitably festive such as Arthur Christmas. If we choose something once the boys have gone to bed and Im allowed to pick, then it has to be Love Actually. Especially since I discovered that some of it was filmed local to us in Surrey. If you are Netflix subscribers and looking for some inspiration then have a read of Our Top 10 Netflix Christmas Must Watch Films.

3. Blankets & Scented Candles

We will snuggle up on the sofa in our jumpers to watch the film with at least two blankets. Although Hubby won’t get under the blankets me and boys do! You can’t beat a scented candle for helping create a Christmassy atmosphere.

4. A Real Fire

We are lucky enough to have a real fireplace which we put back into our sitting room when we renovated just before Monkey was born. You can’t beat a good wood fire this time of year.

5. Hot chocolate & Marshmallows

Monkey loves hot chocolate and there is something very decadent loading it full of squirt cream and piles of marshmallows.

6. Gingerbread House & Sweet Treats

To go along with the hot chocolate its the one time of the year that the boys are allowed to have sweet treats in abundance. We try and make a gingerbread something each year. Monkey (with a little help) made this gingerbread house kit from Morrisons this year. The level of concentration was significant. Although Kipper had his eyes on the jelly sweets!

7. Festive CD

Once we have watched our film we stick on a good Christmas CD and have a little sing along. Both boys love Jingle Bells in particular. It also acts as a good back drop for playing games. I don’t think you can beat a bit of Slade!

8. A Board Game

To wind down a bit and try to limit the excitement,  before we put on the new PJs out of their Christmas Eve Box we play a board game. Monkey has his favourites and especially enjoys Monopoly so I suspect we will be playing that again this year.

9. Reindeer Food

Just before bed Monkey will pop some Reindeer Food out on the wall. Its so easy to make just mix oats with glitter and leave out in big piles. We use edible glitter just incase the local wildlife also want to have a nibble.

10. Father Christmas Plate

Finally just before bed Monkey will place Father Christmas’s plate by the fireplace. Normally there is a mince pie and a little tipple of Brandy left out for the big man!

So these are our Christmas Eve essentials. We may not spend out Christmas Eve partying anymore but we wouldn’t change it for the world.


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  1. sarah mcvicar Reply

    Love these ideas. we like to sit together and prep the veg etc, the have baths and get in new pj’s, follwed by a xmas movie and takeout x

  2. Margaret Gallagher Reply

    Love reading your posts gives me so many ideas for our family christmas fun

  3. lesley renshaw Reply

    Whoever thought of the Christmas Eve box is a genius! Just wrap everything up you need for bedtime and the kids think they’re opening their presents. Saves a lot of tears before Christmas and much more enjoyable for all x

  4. Have to say real fires are my favourite thing in the whole world, makes everything so much more cosy. My grandparents had a proper fire and I loved sitting near it and watching the tv or playing a board game with them.

  5. Lynsey Buchanan Reply

    Most of the essentials are the same as our Christmas Eve traditions apart from the Santa Plate and real fire.

  6. Lyndsey Cooksey Reply

    What an exciting Christmas eve box! I’m so jealous of your wood fire too, how lovely! I have to have a Christmas scented candle burning too, I like the cinnemon and mixed spice smells. We shall bake gluten free gingerbread too tomorrow, I’ve bought some festive cut outs so they will have fun and yes we have to have hot chocolate with all the trimmings! Our choice of film as requested this year by the girls is Home Alone! You cant beat a classic!

  7. fiona waterworth Reply

    we have a couple of christmas eve boxes, which the schools had a family learning session making . Its a fantastic idea and hopefully our children will calm down using them


    Xmas Eve with the kiddies has always been my favourite day of the festive period, the anticipation of the big day, the children are so excited and I really dont miss Xmas eve partying.

  9. A.E. ADKINS Reply

    Great ideas for a cosy Christmas Eve, we’re usually running around delivering cards/pressies, last minute shopping for the things we have forgotten etc

  10. Kev Cannon Reply

    This is a delightful idea and I wish I’d read it before christmas. I’ll add it to the ritual for next year

  11. MARK HOPKINS Reply

    Lovely post, but you should have 11.

    A nice glass of hot mulled wine to finish the day.

  12. Christmas Eve is my favourite day of the whole Christmas period, I love it everyone is so excited and then we have our own family traditions that the children are growing up learning and loving which makes the time even more special. Some new great ideas here 🙂


    Wonderful idea’s for things to do on Xmas eve, my grandchildren all get Xmas Eve boxes and watch films in new pj’s

  14. Nancy Bradford Reply

    This is just the kind of list I need for next year, I had a really hard time coming up with my own ideas this year lol

  15. Jacqueline Roberts Reply

    Such a lovely idea, I remember the excitement was too much on Christmas eve so anything to calm kids down lol

  16. Andi Gurney Reply

    We haven’t done a gingerbread house for a couple of years one to try again. We had new Xmas Pj’s appear in the bed and this year a nice build a bear Reindeer, which they both love

  17. What a thoughtful post. Our nights out have also long since gone so making an effort at home is a lovely idea.

  18. Lorna Ledger Reply

    Lovely post, I’d add , clean bedding (nice to get into after a busy day) clean PJ’s, a take away, and hugs x

  19. Anthea Holloway Reply

    I love your ideas because Christmas Eve is a very difficult time and children get so excited and need to get to sleep at a reasonable time in order to enjoy Christmas Day to the full!

  20. Megan Kinsey Reply

    I absolutely loved Christmas Eve when I was a kid. It’s a great opportunity to make some family traditions

  21. Natalie Crossan Reply

    This is such a nice idea, Christmas eve is just total chaos at our house – we never do anything nice on xmas eve xx

  22. Hayley Todd Reply

    We have Christmas Eve traditions and essentials too! Many of our essentials are the same as those on your list too! We make a gingerbread house, wear Christmas jumpers, leave magic reindeer food out in our garden, watch Christmas movies and play board games. Christmas Eve is a lovely, relaxed family day, in preparation for the chaos of Christmas Day!

  23. Michelle Sykes Reply

    My children love to leave out food for the reindeer and Santa its so magical watching their faces

  24. Tracey Hallmark Reply

    I love that Christmas Jumpers have taken off so well it helps us all get in the Festive spirit

  25. Kerry Taylor Reply

    My favourite Christmas Eve film is Muppet Christmas Carol. My little boy just wanted to watch Peppa Pig…

  26. Alison Johnson Reply

    When my son was little we used to do tehe food for Santa & the reindeer, but we have never worn a Christmas Jumper! You have some nice traditions here & it’s lovely when the kids are small.

  27. I love those jumpers and the children making the gingerbread house. How lovely.

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