Christmas Eve Boxes
Due to the anticipation of Santa and opening all those gifts on Christmas Day, my children used to get a bit too excited during Christmas Eve. Once I introduced the Christmas Eve boxes to them, it calmed them down a lot. I made sure that the boxes contained items that would calm them down, rather than excite them more.
I usually include some of the following:
- Christmas pyjamas
- A new Christmas DVD
- A sketch book
- A craft activity
- A pair of Christmas socks
- A snack or a piece of fruit, e.g. a Satsuma
- A card game.
I find that doing these quiet activities during the day just helps them to feel a bit calmer, especially if we enjoy a hot chocolate during our relaxation time.
Reading a traditional story or poem
Each year, we read, “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,’ by Clement Clarke Moore. This year, it is wrapped up as part of our advent book pile, where we have opened one book per evening to read as our bedtime story. I have put a bow on our Christmas Eve book and my son has guessed that we will be reading this already. I find reading the same each year is a tradition for us, as I am sure it is and has been for many people since about 1823.
More ways to get your children to go to sleep on Christmas Eve
If you would like to read about some other ways that you can get your children to sleep on Christmas Eve, there are some great idea on Sleepypeople.com with their article, Family Festive Traditions (some might even help the kids sleep on Christmas Eve).
How do you get your children to calm down from all the excitement that Christmas Eve brings?
Disclosure: We were given a throw from The Sleepy People in exchange for this post.