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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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Christmas Music

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No Christmas Without Music

Music is everywhere at Christmas

Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without music now would it? From the traditional Christmas carols sung in schools, churches, and in all the Malls and shops, everywhere, to those children’s favorites, “Rudolph the Red-nosed reindeer”, “The Christmas Alphabet” and “When Santa got stuck up the chimney” to romantic and well-loved songs such as, “Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, “White Christmas” and the more modern songs, including all those published specifically at Christmas time to take advantage of the Christmas market.

The Very Best Christmas Songs

From traditional to contemporary, all the Christmas music you hear has just a single goal – to spark that happy Christmas spirit in every heart. Can you imagine getting ready for Christmas without Christmas music in the background? It complements the smell of cookies, the Christmas tree, puddings and that spicy cinnamon smell on the pot pourri.

Here are what we consider some of the best Christmas songs ever released. Just listening to them elicits a spirit of happiness and joy with the world.

Some of the most famous Christmas songs include “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” By Al Martino, “White Christmas” By Dean Martin and “Walking In The Air” By Aled Jones from the animated film “The Snowman”, another Christmas favorite.

There are of course, many favorite hymns for this season, including “Silent Night”, a hymn included by most Churches during the Christmas season, along with “The First Noel”, Hark The Herald Angels Sing” and the children’s favorite, “Away In A Manger”.

A more recent Christmas song can be heard in this Youtube video , with its wonderful Victorian Christmas street scene and great music.

At Work

Many people take their favorite Christmas albums in with them to work, even if only on the last day before Christmas and the selection of music chosen by work colleagues can be truly breathtaking, from Brenda Lee, “Rocking around the Christmas Tree”, to Carrie Underwood’s “Do You Hear What I Hear?”, giving you a whole new view of the boss or that grumpy person down the corridor. Of course, there are some businesses where music cannot be played, at least in the public areas but for many people, an MP3 player, with ear phones is a great way of getting into the Christmas spirit, especially if the office party starts at the end of the working day.

At Home

You can find lots of Christmas music for free on Youtube, especially for children and it often includes cartoons or graphics to keep them amused, although there can also be adverts and sometimes poor internet connections can spoil the fun.

As a Gift

Music is a great gift at Christmas, or at any time and if you do not know the person’s musical tastes, you can always give a gift card, so they can buy or download their favorite music or perhaps even buy themselves an ipod or MP3 player to listen to any music collections they already have.

Redefine Christmas

Simple Ways To Redefine Christmas This Year

Last Christmas

What did you do last Christmas? Were you snowed in and had to spend the holiday locked indoors? Did someone break up with you and you spent the holiday depressed? Were you too broke to fly home for Christmas? Did you feel like you could have done more volunteering work? Well, that was last year and you can start planning how to spend Christmas this year now. Here are a few ways you can redefine your holiday and feel better about it come next year.

Next Christmas

1. Set A Budget – You need to start creating a budget early enough. If you are planning to travel home, buy gifts for the less needy, buy gifts for your loved ones or do anything else that costs money, you need to know beforehand how much you will spend. That way, you can start saving early enough in preparation for the big holiday. No matter how skint you are, get a jar or a tub, put a few coins or notes in it and don’t spend them. Next pay day, add a few more.

2. Release Your Expectations And Keep Things Simple – If you don’t want to feel disappointed this holiday season, don’t overschedule. Yes, there may be so much to do and you may feel that if you don’t achieve it, you will end up overwhelmed and depressed. However, if you release some of your expectations, you will feel better. Simplify. You don’t have to do what others do. Be open to change and you can adapt to whatever the season brings you.

3. Create New Traditions – If all the past holidays have been spent aimlessly, try creating a new tradition and find a way to sustain it every year. Traditions will help you feel connected with yourself and you will feel comfortable and enjoy a sense of certainty. If you recently had a child, you can start a new tradition with your new family. If your parents recently passed, you can start a tradition of meeting your siblings every Christmas to remember your deceased loved ones. As you get older, help the younger ones make their own Christmas traditions. A tradition can be anything, as long as it makes you feel connected and not alone during the holiday season.

4. Try Volunteering Or Helping The Needy – The Christmas holiday is the best time to start giving back to the less fortunate. Of course, some soup kitchens are overflowing with volunteers but if you plan early enough, you will be lucky enough to find somewhere to volunteer. On the other hand, you can bring gifts to a children’s home or any other group home where it will be appreciated. You will feel better for doing it and bring some cheer to anyone who receives your gifts.

5. Start Organizing Early – Don’t wait until the last minute to start doing anything during the holiday season. Are you planning to give to the less fortunate? Start planning early enough for what to buy and the date to hand out your gifts. Are you traveling home to meet your parents? Make sure you have bought the tickets early enough. If you are planning to spend the holiday indoors, have everything you need ready in hand to avoid any last minute hassles.

With these tips, you can turn around your Christmas holiday celebration immediately and redefine Christmas to something that will make YOU feel happy!