Monday, December 10, 2012

Open on Christmas Eve

I saw an idea on Pinterest to make a box to open on Christmas Eve each year.  Unfortunately the link went to a site that had been reported, so I just went with the idea.

The idea is to have a box that you open on Christmas Eve every year.  The box will include hot chocolate, marshmallows, hot chocolate mugs for each person, a Christmas movie, and candy canes.  You can add or remove whatever you need in order to fit your family.  I need to get a Christmas movie to add to mine, but Zackary picked out the hot chocolate mugs from the dollar store and I filled them with the hot chocolate mix and a candy cane.



I went to Michael's with their 40% off coupon that is in the paper every week.  I found the perfect box.  I got a wooden box because I wanted to make sure that it lasts.  They have cardboard boxes there also that would work, but I liked the wooden one better.  I also got some silver paint and clear glitter paint.  I found green metallic paint also.

Monkey and I painted the box silver and then added a coat of glitter paint to make sure it sparkled.  I had the idea to add our handprints in the metallic green paint to the outside of the box.  Monkey and my handprints turned out pretty good but getting a 7 month old's handprints to turn out good is close to impossible.  Since my hands are bigger, I put my handprints on the back of the box and my husband will put one hand on either side of the box.


The inside of the box looked bare so I had planned on using a red felt type of material, but getting to a craft store with the kids for one item isn't logical so I found a red tree skirt at the dollar store and fit that inside and used a staple gun to attach it.  This will keep the mugs from banging around and I will use the extra material to wrap the mugs when they are stored until next year.



4 comments:

  1. I saw something similar on another site. They suggested adding PJs too...sit around in comfy clothes for a family movie/hot cocoa night!

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    1. I thought about PJs but wasn't sure that they will fit in the box as the kids grow. After you said that I googled it and did find something similar on another site, but it looked like it was a regular cardboard box that was wrapped. I could see adding more things to that because you can always just get a bigger box. I think I might try to add some PJs to mine and see how they fit when they are still small! Zackary is very excited about our Christmas Eve box and keeps eyeing it.

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  2. What a wonderful and fun idea. I am going to do this next year when MJ is a little older.

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    1. I am very excited about this tradition. I have actually added a few additional items. On Black Friday I went shopping and found matching kids plates and cups that I added to the box. These dishes will be used only on Christmas Eve and Christmas day and then put back until next year. Thanks Rezza21 for commenting and for reading.

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