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Christmas Eve Box

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The Christmas Eve Box

You or the kids too excited to settle to anything on Christmas Eve? Hard waiting for Santa to arrive? What about preparing a Christmas Eve Box to make the waiting more bearable and have a Merry Christmas Eve?

It’s a great new tradition that you may want to start for yourself or your own family of a box or bag to open on Christmas Eve. It doesn’t have to contain anything massively expensive. It can be one box for each person or one for the whole family. Certainly a family bag or box could help lessen the overall cost.

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Some Ideas For Inclusions

You may want to put in Christmas PJs, or onesies to start off the Christmas spirit and keep everyone warm and cosy. You could also include a movie, especially a Christmas themed one, plus some candy, hot chocolate, etc. It’s easier to include single items, like movies, if you use a family box, rather than individual boxes, though if your family are at the stage where they don’t want to watch a movie together, you may decide to include games for various machines and then perhaps individual boxes would be better.

Less Expensive Items

Christmas socks.

These can have non-slip soles for running around shoe-less, without slipping and sliding on polished floors. You can go for non-Christmas themed socks, such as superheroes, or cartoon animals, or Christmas themes. Non slip socks are available for men, women and children and can be a useful gift for a senior in a hospital or care home.

Music

Christmas music playing softly in the background can be a great way of keeping the whole family calm, while still excited about Christmas. There are many compilations you can buy as CDs or download straight onto a player. And if you want to listen to Christmas music for free, try these original Victorian themed Christmas songs, available online.

Books

There are many children’s books about Christmas, whether religious or secular, depending on your preference. Or why not treat yourself to a Christmas themed book? A number of genres include stories with a Christmas setting or theme, including romance, horror, crime, etc. There are also puzzle and coloring books available with Christmas themes. If you are buying coloring or puzzle books, remember to include pencils or crayons, plus a safety sharpener and perhaps an eraser. If your box includes electric toys, remember batteries.

Pet Presents

If you have a family pet, you may wish to include them in the Christmas Eve celebrations, perhaps with pet treats or even a Christmas costume, if your pet would wear it.

After Christmas Events

Your Christmas Eve box may be the place to surprise the family with an after Christmas event, such as Pantomime tickets, or a visit to an ice skating rink or even a ballet or concert. If you like to take a holiday at Christmas, then your Christmas Eve box could be something light to take along with you on holiday, leaving the Christmas presents back at home ready for your return. You can still carry Christmas with you.

Christmas Eve Splurges

Your Christmas Eve box could also include things to do with Christmas, like art for the Christmas tree, such as painted slates or wooden shapes to hang on the tree. These are novel decorations that you can either purchase from a local artist or buy blank to decorate yourself. This could be an activity to keep children occupied and provides keepsakes for that particular Christmas.

Other Christmas Eve Box Gifts

Depending on the age, gender and composition of your Christmas Eve gathering, you might include gifts like jewelry, silver photo frames, tickets for a holiday, or even non-monetary gifts such as paper promises of time spent with someone. Some really desirable gifts might be an evening’s baby sitting, a promise to wash the dishes (or fill the dishwasher) or tidy a room or declutter a cupboard, or even read a long story over several nights to a child. These do not cost the donor any money but provide very welcome gifts., because you are giving the gift of your time and attention.

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What Christmas Theme to Choose For Your Home or Office Party

Do you want to go all out when decorating your home or office for the Christmas holiday? With thousands of different ways for you to decorate, coming up with the perfect theme to select for the home or office could be a bit difficult. If you do not know what Christmas theme to choose because you are feeling uncertain and slightly indecisive, there are a few different themes worth choosing that will quickly turn your home or office into the perfect winter wonderland for everyone to enjoy.

Of course, while it’s fun to pick your perfect color combination, not all colors will be available in all types of Christmas decoration, especially perhaps the larger items, such as trees. If you want to go for a more unusual color theme, you could  make one of the colors a more traditional one, such as silver, gold or green, as it will be easier to find larger items in these colors. Alternatively, you could go for a three-way color scheme, with the third color being the neutral silver or white, allowing your dominant themes to form the accents.

Assorted Color Themes

When trying to figure out what Christmas theme to choose, you will need to decide if you would like to stick with a specific color theme. There are a few different colors that are commonly used in the winter, especially around Chrismas.

Red, White, and Green

The red, white, and green theme is commonly used by people who are decorating their homes and offices for the Christmas holiday because these colors are commonly associated with the holiday. Red represents the color of Santa’s clothes, white represents the color of the snow that is normally on the ground during these colder months, and green represents the color of the Christmas tree. It is just one of many color themes for you to consider.

Green, Silver, and Gold

Some people prefer using a combination of green, silver, and gold. While green is a color that represent pine trees that are often decorated and situated inside of homes and offices during the holiday season, the silver and gold colors represent the decorations that are often hung from the tree. Both silver and gold are festive colors that look stunning.

Red and White

If you want to eliminate the green, you can always choose a red and white color theme. A combination of red and white decorations will remind people of candy canes, which are often placed on trees and consumed by both children and adults during the holiday season. You may even be able to find red and white striped table covers, napkins, and other assorted decorations to go along with this color theme.

Red and Gold

These are the two “richest” colors that can be used in decorating for Christmas and you will be able to find many items available to create a happy, vibrant and colorful theme for your whole Christmas or for a party.

Blue, White, and Silver

Not everyone likes using shades of red or green when decorating for Christmas. If you want something a bit more elegant, try using shades of blue, white, and silver. These colors tend to match perfectly with one another and will remind people of a beautiful wintry night.

Less Common Color Themes

Lilac / Purple Themes

You may wish to go for a lilac or lavender or purple main color teamed with silver or gold. For something totally different, you might want to team this with pink.

Black and White

While unusual, this color theme may suit some decor schemes and is certainly unusual and will form a talking point.

Character Themes

Snowflake Theme

Aside from the color theme, you could always choose a snowflake theme. There are a lot of snowflake decorations that may be used by you to decorate the home or office, including hanging sparkling glitter snowflakes, snowflake string decorations to place in the front of the doors throughout the building, and even centerpieces that are designed to look just like snowflakes.

Snowman Theme

Another great theme for you to consider is the snowman theme. There are snowman decorations available that you would be able to hang on the walls, on the ceilings, and even tape to the windows of your home or office when sticking with this specific theme.

If you do not know what Christmas theme to choose when you are trying to decorate your home or office for a Christmas party, you should consider some of these different options. If you are interested in sticking with a color theme, there are quite a few different colors that are commonly used during the holiday season, including shades of red, white, blue, silver, gold, and green. If you would prefer some other type of theme, the snowflake theme or snowman theme are two of the other options worth considering.

35 Weeks To Christmas Day 2017

Christmas 2017

Christmas Day 2017 is on a Monday and there are 35 Sundays to go before we reach Christmas. It doesn’t sound so long until we get there, huh? Maybe now is the time to start planning if you want a stress free Very Merry Christmas this year.

Spring

It’s spring in the Northern Hemisphere at the moment (April) and conifers are dropping any extra pine cones. The earlier ones are small, the later ones are larger. If you want pine cones for your decorations, then now is the time to collect them. It’s easy enough to carry a plastic bag with you if you are walking anywhere near pine trees or even put a few in your pocket each time you are out. Store them in an open bowl to make sure they are dry and you will then have your own pine cones to add to a pot pourri with cinnamon for a Christmassy smell nearer the time or you can get gold paint or craft glue and gold glitter and decorate them ready for use around the house. Both ways of using cones are useful, they don’t cost much and you can use them as a children’s craft if you want to keep the kids busy on some weekend or just enjoy the decorating yourself!

Watch a Pine cone decorating Video

Some people are highly creative and there are a great many ideas for using pine cones in the video below!

Ugly Christmas Jumper

If you are a keen knitter and like the idea of creating your own Ugly Christmas Sweater, then now is the time to start collecting ideas for a pattern and costing out the wool. If you are not a knitter and can’t persuade anyone to knit for you, then you will be able to find Ugly Christmas Sweaters on line to buy nearer the time. It would be good to start saving for it now, if budgeting might be a problem.