It’s almost time for the big man to arrive! The magic of Christmas Eve is something truly special, for children and adults alike!
There are lots of fantastic Christmas Eve traditions out there, how do you spend the last day of the Christmas countdown?
Here we’ve found some great sounding traditions, do you fancy trying some of these out with your family this year?...
- Build a gingerbread house
You can either make one from scratch or buy a kit to assemble, either way, it's a delicious treat for the night before Christmas and great messy fun to make!
- Make reindeer food
Mix edible glitter and oats together to sprinkle for Rudolph and his friends when they come bearing gifts. Don't use normal glitter as this is harmful to wildlife. In the morning, take children outside to show them reindeer poop, some gross fun! Chocolate covered raisins or chocolate balls have a good effect!
- Leave a sack of toys for other children
Ask the children to choose a few toys they no longer play with but are still in good condition to give to other children who might not be as fortunate as them.
Place them in a special sack for Santa to take away and deliver to children who might not get as many lovely new toys as they will on Christmas morning. You can then put the sack in the car and take to a charity shop when they are next open.
- Go sledging
Weather permitting obviously, but if we’re lucky enough to get a white Christmas, going sledging is about as traditional as it gets. It’s a great way to have a bit of festive fun as a family and blow off some cobwebs before settling down on Christmas Eve night.
- Go carol singing
Another older, traditional activity for Christmas Eve, but a fantastic way to spread festive cheer that all the family can get involved with. Wrap up warm, take a tambourine and go and carol sing for Grandma and Grandad, or the neighbours.
- Write a letter to Santa
Lots of children will write a letter to Santa at the start of December with the gifts they wish to receive, but why not also write a letter to Santa to greet him when he arrives at your home on Christmas Eve. It may be to wish him a good journey or to thank him for calling at your house, we’re sure kids will have many great things they want to say to him!
You could also write a letter to your children from Santa, maybe thanking them for the treats and of course to wish them a Merry Christmas!
- Have a Christmas Eve treasure hunt
Prepare clue around the house and garden for children to solve, which can obviously be as tricky or as hard depending on age. At the end of the hunt children can perhaps enjoy a small gift or a Christmas Eve box to enjoy that night.
- See a pantomime
Great fun for all the family, there are many local theatres around the country that show pantomimes over the festive season. You tend to need to book in advance to secure tickets for Christmas Eve, but if you get lucky with availability this is a great way to spend a festive evening.
- New Christmas Pyjamas
Whether children find them inside a Christmas Eve box or receive them as a separate gift, this is a lovely tradition to enjoy each year, and can be enjoyed by adults too! This is a great way to cosy up together on Christmas Eve and makes getting ready for bed fun!
- Snuggle up in front of a Christmas film
New pyjamas at the ready, why not get the whole gang together now to enjoy a Christmassy movie?! There are so many amazing films to enjoy over the festive season, including lots of animated films for younger kids (e.g. Arthur Christmas, Polar Express), comedies for older kids (e.g. Elf, Fred Claus), and short films like The Snowman and Father Christmas which are perfect for little ones!
- Leave out food for Santa
A very important job to tick off the list before children head off to bed, making sure Santa and Rudolph’s refreshments are out and ready for when they visit in the night. Mince pies, Christmas biscuits, milk and carrots are the usual favourites, but maybe your Santa Claus likes other treats too!
Don’t forget to hang up stockings and place sacks ready for Santa, it can be a great idea to do these jobs one after the other!
- Cuddle up with a Christmas Story
There are lots of great festive books out there to cater for all children, and reading these together before they get to sleep will provide a nice calm end to the day. Even better when snuggling up in those new pyjamas we mentioned before!
- Make Santa Footprints
Now the children are sound asleep, now is a great time to create some Christmas magic and make some footprints from the big man himself. There are lots of great templates available online and a mixture of flour and glitter will create a lovely magical effect! Then all you have to do is wait to enjoy the excited faces of the children!
Have you got all your essentials ready to welcome Santa to your home?
Here at UK Christmas World we have lots of fantastic Sacks, Stockings and Accessories to help with the fun of Christmas Eve!
We have lots of stunning items on our website that not only will children love to prepare for Santa, but will also look great as part of your home décor!
Make sure both children and adults have somewhere for Santa to stash their goodies on Christmas Eve! We have lots of fantastic Sacks just like our Santa’s Toy Factory Tartan Sack, a wonderful traditional choice that will look great in your home at Christmas, and the large 85cm size means you’ll get lots of presents for all the family in there!
Or if Stockings are more your style, we have some other great traditional designs to suit your home décor this Christmas, like our Christmas Character Stocking and our Ho Ho Ho Santa Stocking. Both will look fantastic hung from your mantle piece, and the fun colourful designs will be loved by all the family!
For something a little more contemporary, why not choose our Snow Place Like Home Luxury Sack or our Believe in Magic of Christmas Sack. These modern designs will look super stylish and will certainly add something special around your tree on Christmas Eve! We think these are perfect for teens and adults!
Don’t forget to leave out some treats for Santa! Whether you treat the main man to a mince pie or other yummy treat, make sure you have something special to serve them on! Our Gingerbread Man Design Plate will be the perfect addition to your annual Christmas Eve traditions! Don’t forget the carrot for Rudolph too!
It’s important Santa can see where he needs to stop of Christmas Eve too! So make sure your home has a Santa Stop Here sign, just like our Metal Stop Here Sign. We love the retro design of this one with the cosy warm white bulbs to make this a beautiful decoration during both the daytime and night! Perfect for placing in windows!
We hope you have a wonderful Christmas Eve with your family, and we hope some of the traditions listed above help to inspire you this Christmas time to try something new!
To see all the great products mentioned in this blog and many more, head over to our UK Christmas World website to stock up on Christmas essentials in time for the big day.