Reviewed by Louise Totton
Christmas is such a special, magical time for all of the family, but particularly for children. It seems like we get such a short amount of time when the magic is real and when they really engage with everything; first they are too young to really understand it all, and before too long, they are questioning everything and making clear that they really don’t believe any more. I reckon, if I’m lucky, I’ll get around 7 or 8 Christmases between them being too young, then stopping believing, so I want them to be as special as possible.
I remember from growing up that Christmas Eve was at least as special as Christmas day itself – it was all about the anticipation, the excitement of what was to come, and of course the tradition and routine. We always left a mince pie and a glass of milk for Santa and a carrot for Rudolph. Then we had brand new pyjamas, a new book especially for Christmas Eve, and we’d sit down together as a family to watch a Christmas film with some special sweets. Christmas Eve boxes never used to be a ‘thing’, although we were treated to the new PJs and a book and really looked forward to them both.
But I’m a sucker for tradition, and if that means creating our own tradition to make the time more magical, then I’ll grab the opportunity and go with it! For the past few years, we’ve been putting Christmas Eve boxes together for the girls but using old shoe boxes! This year, however, we were delighted when we were sent proper, personalised wooden boxes for the kids for this Christmas Eve from I Just Love It!
I Just Love It have a number of Christmas Eve boxes on their website, available in designs and sizes to suit all tastes and budgets. We were sent two small boxes in their ‘Festive’ design option. This box is available in small (24x18x7cm) or large (32x32x11cm), and in a choice of three colours (red, blue or green). The Festive design is gorgeous and covers all of the lid of the box, with images of traditional reindeer, stockings, candy canes and more scattered around a large name area which contains your child’s name, followed by Christmas Eve Box.
The box has a hinged lid as well as a metal clasp on the front for securing the lid. Whilst not massive (ours was the small size), it’s big enough to fit in the essentials. I wanted to be able to include a DVD, a book, some sweets, hot chocolate powder, Santa’s magic key and some reindeer dust in ours, and these fitted really nicely. If you did want to also include the PJs, I would probably advise going for the larger box, but I will just fold the PJs up and sit the box on top of them.
Whilst not the heaviest or sturdiest box in the world, it is wood and really looks the part. These things are only got out for one night of the year, so that isn’t really an issue. They look fabulous and I know the kids will be over the moon with theirs. The small box is £20, which I don’t think is too expensive for something that will bring lots of joy and hopefully turn into a Christmas tradition. I have already decided that once the kids grow out of Christmas Eve boxes, I will use them to store the Christmas cards that they have made at school throughout primary, so it is something that will be used for years to come.
RRP: from £19.99
For more information or to buy visit www.ijustloveit.co.uk.