Christmas Eve Boxes – What are they all about?!

Christmas Eve Boxes – What are they all about?!

A carrot for Rudolph and a mince pie for Father Christmas are traditions that most British families associate with 24 December. But as so-called Christmas Eve boxes gain popularity, do they add to the festive joy or simply pile on pressure for parents?

Christmas Eve boxes are typically given to young children as a way to break up the anticipation of the next day with some small gifts and activities.

They can be as simple as a cardboard box or as elaborate as an engraved wooden chest, filled with sweets, pyjamas, films, books and games.

But many parents are oblivious to the Christmas Eve box – while others understandably feel that a box adds to the stress and workload of keeping children entertained over the Christmas holiday.

But do they piles pressure on families on tight budgets or those who feel Christmas customs are getting out of control?

Things commonly found in Christmas Eve boxes

  • family board game to play in the evening
  • A set of pyjamas they can wear at night and on Christmas morning
  • Some hot chocolate in a festive mug and bubble bath for before bed-time
  • Christmas film or festive book to read
  • Some Christmassy sweets and chocolate like coins and candy canes
  • Treats to feed the family pet dressed up as “reindeer food
  • personal letter from Father Christmas reassuring your child they are on the “good list”

Anticipation is the key to a child’s Christmas experience, and Christmas Eve Boxes only heighten that anticipation of the following day.

But what’s it really all about?  It’s most likely so parents have some time to prepare the turkey, keep the little ones occupied and to eek out the whole Christmas feeling of excitement.

Indulge or ignore, the Christmas Eve box has taken hold in the UK.


Chris Herbert