Christmas Eve Box


I love Christmas traditions. I love any family tradition, really, but Christmas is my favourite holiday-so I have a little soft spot for traditions specific to the day.

When the hubby and I got married I knew I wanted to continue with our families traditions-but also start new ones of our own. The first year Little was around for Christmas I came across the idea for a Christmas Eve box and instantly fell in love. So simple and yet so much fun to put together. Each year I put in the following:

  • Christmas pyjamas. Who doesn’t love a pair of cozy jammies? My favourite go to brand for these the past few Christmas’ has always been the fleece sleepers from Carter’s (as pictured above), but Old Navy generally has some super cute two piece and one piece sets.
  • A new book.  The original idea that I saw for this box included a Christmas themed movie-but with everything being available online or on Netflix now a days, I chose to encourage Little’s love of reading instead. This year we bought the classic Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak and added in a Christmas themed Paw Patrol one (which was an early gift from Little’s honorary Aunt and Uncle when they visited from Prague). In past years I’ve done other classic favourites from authors like Robert Munsch and Julia Davidson.
  • A healthy treat/snack. You need to have something to munch on while cuddling up on the couch in your new pj’s to read your new book. We’ve LOVED Love Child Organics since pretty much the day we’ve started solids-and love their low sugar, natural and organic snack line. Last year we stuck a pack of their raspberry and vanilla Owlie cookies in Little’s box-this year we chose the raspberry and apple Pat A Cake rice crackers. You can find the full line of Love Child Organics products at Wal Mart, Well.ca and a large variety of other grocery and baby stores.

Wishing each and every one of you a Merry Christmas 🎄🎅🏻🤶🏻 and a Happy New Year!

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Our Top 10 Favourites 

Books
I loved to read as a child. We went to the library often, and my sisters and I loved it. I still have a passion for reading and writing these days, but also still adore children’s picture books. Here is a list of our top 10 favourites-but check back often-we make frequent trips to our local library and I look forward to sharing our weekly finds with you.

  1. The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson-  I became obsessed with this book after working in childcare. A fellow teacher had been given a copy, and we started reading it to our preschool aged class. We read it so many times, I had it memorized within about a week. When I was pregnant, a parent of one of one of the children in my class was sweet enough to give me a copy of the book for Little. It’s a story of a little mouse, taking a walk through the woods that unfolds in two phases; and in both, the smart little mouse uses cunning to evade danger. Selling 13 million and counting copies, this book is a must for any littles collection. If you enjoy this one, try The Gruffalo’s Child, the second part to this tale.
  2. Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson- We discovered this book after a visit to story time one morning at the library. An innovative and timeless read, this interactive book asks you help a lonely little tree change with the seasons. 
  3. Llama, Llama, Red Pyjama by Anne Dewdney- A rhyming read aloud, this is a book a lot of parents, and littles, can relate to about bed time. 
  4. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. And John Archambault- I discovered this book during one of my child care placements while still in college. A story about all 26 lower case letters climbing up to the top of a not-so-sturdy coconut tree, and needing their uppercase family members to rescue them, it’s a fun, rhyming way to help your little learn their alphabet.
  5. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise- This book is an all time classic that was originally published in 1947. The story is a rhyming poem describing a little bunny’s bed time ritual of bidding goodnight to various things in his bedroom. 
  6. What the Ladybird Heard by Julia Donaldson- Another awesome book written by Julia Donaldson, this book tells the story of two crafty robbers, one tiny little ladybird (ladybug) and a barnyard of escapades in a fun, rhyming tale. It also helps littles learn the sounds of different barnyard animals.
  7. Press Here by Herve Tullet- This book is addicting. You begin by pressing the yellow dot on the cover of the book, follow the interactive instructions one each page, and take of a magical journey that your littles will adore. I was given this book from the childcare centre I previously worked at it, and didn’t think much of it until we read it one rainy afternoon. Now it’s one of Little’s favourites. 
  8. Gossie by Olivier Dunrea- a story that encourages sharing, Gossie the Gosling sets out to find her lost pair of red rubber boots, and soon finds them on her friend Gertie’s webbed little feet. With easy words and simple, repetitive sentences with a dash of rhyming, this is an simple classic for littles to enjoy. Keep your eye out for more books in the series about Gossie and all her new friends. 
  9. Chicka Chicka 1,2,3 by Bill Martin Jr., Michael Sampson and Lois Elhert- the companion to Chicka Chicka Boom Boom it helps teach children numbers and counting, and also that even zero can be the hero.
  10. Little Owl Lost by Chris Haughton- a reassuring story for wee littles, with simple art work and forest critters, it tells the story of a little owl who has accidentally fallen from his nest and is trying to find his way back to his mama. 

All 10 books can be found Indigo Books