Christmas Eve Box

A Christmas Eve Box is a lovely tradition for the family.
Spend some quality time together and get you all in the Christmas spirit!

Christmas Eve Box
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We didn’t do Christmas Eve Boxes growing up but it is definitely a tradition I would like to introduce right away.
I’ve had a browse on Pinterest (where else?!) and have compiled a list of the most common items found in these lovely little boxes.
We’ll go into more detail and give you our ideas for each item below!

  • Christmas movie
  • Christmas book
  • Popcorn
  • Hot chocolate
  • Fun christmas mug
  • Pyjamas
  • Reindeer food
  • Santa’s snack

Christmas Eve Boxes are not supposed to be difficult of expensive to create!
It is supposed to be easy to put together and filled with fun, inexpensive items that inspire Christmas joy and family time.
Skip items or use what you have around the house…it really doesn’t matter aslong as you have a wonderful Christmas Eve together!

Alright so first up you will need a shoe box. Wrap it in christmas paper.
You can make Christmas Eve Boxes for the kids, each individual member of the family or combine them and do a family box.

Pick a Christmas movie.
My personal faves are : Home Alone, Elf and The Grinch.
Country living have a great selection of family frriendly Christmas movies.
No time to get a DVD? Find a movie on Netflix and add a little home made cinema ticket to the box.

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And of course, what is the point of watching a movie without any Popcorn?!?! Add a microwaveable sachet to your box.

Next up is a story for bedtime.
Real Simple have a great list of their top 20 holiday books.
Don’t want to buy a book? Pop to your local bibliotheque and pick one up!

Hot chocolate and a fun christmas mug for it to go in!
Because who doesn’t love a hot chocolate? It’s a treat.
So you could either go and buy a Christmas mug (the bazaar shops have them pretty cheap) or you can get your trusted Sharpie pen and design your own, personalised mug on a plain one you have in the cupboard! Here’s how.
If you’re feeling super creative, turn your hot choclate into a cute little Reindeers like these guys over at EveryDaySavvy.
Reindeer hot chocolate

Pyjamas. Pretty self explanatory.
Either pop in the cosiest pjs your little one has or (if you are anything like my mum, you always got new pyjamas and socks for christmas) make this an early Christmas present!

Last, but maybe the most important of all, a snack for Santa and for the Reindeer.
Christmas Eve Box
I love this from ETSY but as we are running a little short on time you could recreate this idea on a piece of card paper and tuck it into the Christmas Eve Box.
You could also just pop in a carrot and cookies with a little note to leave them out for santa.
OR you could make ‘cookies in a jar’ like these guys, and you’ll have a baking activity to keep you busy and your house smelling delicious this Christmas Eve!

Christmas Eve Box

Scavenger Hunt

The weather is miserable.
The strikes are keeping us stuck at home.
What can we do to keep the kiddos entertained?

SCAVENGER HUNT!

This is a great game that can be adapted to suit all ages. Here’s how!

For the younger ones give them pictures of things they need to find around the house.
They will love running around trying to find everything. Set a timer and see how quickly they can find all of the items!

toddler scavenger hunt

Or get them to practice their colour matching by preparing a scavenger hunt similar to this one…

How about instead of collecting all of the items the children have to use a digital camera and snap a picture of each thing?
Saves tidy up and most kids love an excuse to play with the camera!

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Still too easy? Use clues to get their brains working.
I love this type of Scavenger Hunt, you can be super creative, making it last for ages. It does require a bit of prep though!
It gets the children excited about finding a ‘prize’ at the end.
The prize could be anything..a sweet, cinema tickets, a recipe for a cake, a toy or game etc.

What one is your favourite?
Find our other ideas for things to do at home by clicking here! 

Thanksgiving

Today I would like to talk about Thanksgiving.

In France we don’t tend to celebrate this holiday which, I think, is a crying shame!

Thanksgiving is celebrated in the US and Canada in October or November of each year.
The origin of this holiday is to give thanks for harvest each year.
Nowadays, many families get together for Thanksgiving and use this time to show appreciation for what they have in their lives…
Food on the table
A loving family
A warm home

I believe it is important that children learn to appreciate the comforts we have rather than growing up and taking things for granted.

So, I am going to give you some ideas of crafts, activities and recipes that you could do with the kids to introduce the idea of giving thanks and being grateful in general.

First up, there are TONS of books designed for kids to teach them about the history of thanksgiving, fun traditions and the importance of being thankful for what we have.
Here is a list of 22 books, with short descriptions of each, from 123HomeSchool4Me (They’ve also got some great themed printables, so be sure to check them out!)

For the little ones you could recreate one of these fun turkey designs using their hand and foot prints!
Or go outside on a leaf hunt and create the tail feathers with the brightly coloured autumn leaves you find.
Honestly, head on over to Pinterest. You will find thousands of fun turkey themed crafts so it will be easy enough to find something that is suitable for each age range!

thanksgiving turkey craft

These next activities are really great to do as a family either as a discussion over dinner or they could
easily be made into a little project.
You could make a cute little booklet with a different thing you are grateful for on each page or create a gratitude poster.
Include drawings, photos and any relevant memories you have.
For example : I am grateful for my teddy bear because he is warm and I like to cuddle him at bed time (draw teddy bear)
I am grateful for my friends because we play lots of games together.
thanksgiving gratitude game  gratitude game

 

 

 

I particularly like this idea of making a big turkey and writing the things we are grateful on his tail feathers.
It’s cute, fun and everyone in the family can join in and take part!
Turn it into a challenge to see how big you can make his tail by thinking of all the things you are grateful for!

 

 

 

 

A big part of Thanksgiving is the food. Typically, families will gather together and feast on all sorts of delicious foods.
The most traditional foods to have at Thanksgiving are turkey, potatoes, stuffing, veggies and pumpkin or pecan pie for dessert!
I’m sure most of you have your own favourite ways of preparing these foods so I will give you a scrummy dessert recipe to try out with the children.
You could also take a look at our recent Halloween post for some delicious pumpkin recipes. (My personal faves were the pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting)

Turkey Rice Krispie Treats by ShugarySweets.com
rice krispie recipe
For the Krispie treats
1/4 cup unsalted butter
5 cups of rice krispie cereal
1 bag of marshmellow

For the Turkeys
1/4 cup melted chocolate pieces
12 chocolate buttons
candy corns
candy eyes
orange m&ms

Instructions
1. In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Once melted, add marshmallows and stir continuously until melted. Remove from heat and quickly mix in the cereal, ensure it is all covered.
2. Press mixture onto baking sheet, try to make the mixture an even thickness. Allow to set, about 30 minutes.
3. Using a round cookie cutter cut circles into the krispie treat.
4. Eat the discards immediately. Yum!
5. Using the melted chocolate, attach about 5 candy corn for feathers, one chocolate button for the face, two eyes and half of an orange m&m for the beak.

 

And finally, I will leave you with this Thanksgiving song!