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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Does Santa Exist

www.merrychristmascountdown.comMany years ago, in 1897, an eight-year old girl called Virginia, wondered whether Santa Claus was real because some of her friends had been saying he was not. She wrote to the editor of The New York Sun and received a reply that you can read in the museum of newspapers.

The same question is being asked today,especially by young children who have been told “the truth” by teachers (!) friends and other well-meaning people who believe in never lying and telling only facts and truth to everyone. Some of these people may be religious, others may be rationalists and some may be extremely factual people who will not even read fiction stories, “because they are lies”.

Do You Believe In Santa?

Do puppies, kittens and baby animals in general melt your heart? What about sunsets, sunrises or rainbows? How about babies learning to walk, a sandy coconut island, or gardens full of flowers or a fresh snowy landscape? Those skies, landscapes or animals are beautiful because we PERCEIVE them that way.

Have you ever experienced serendipity, a helpful coincidence or a lucky break? Maybe you went into an exam only having studied a couple of subjects and found those on the exam paper? Perhaps you found a piece of money exactly when you most needed it? Maybe your car broke down near a garage, rather than out on the freeway or the middle of a traffic jam? Maybe you heard about a new technique or a helpful book, just when you needed it most? Perhaps you found a new recipe just in time for Christmas or someone’s visit or birthday? Most of us are lucky at one time or another, provided we look out for luck and are open to it and not the opposite.

Has anyone ever been unconditionally kind to you? Maybe gave you something you really needed without expecting anything in return? A suit for an interview or funeral perhaps? Maybe your bus fare or taxi fare home when you had no money? A bunch of flowers when you needed to say sorry or even found you a birthday card for your friend when the shops were shut? Maybe a phone call when you just needed to hear a human voice or someone calling to say they missed you? Maybe you have even felt that someone was sending you a message that kept you from harm? When we give unconditionally, very often we also receive unconditional kindness or love.

Can you honestly say that you have NEVER felt or experienced any of these things? Only if you have never felt any of these things can you truly say there is no Santa. Santa is the embodiment of the perception of beauty, luck and unconditional kindness; and whenever you feel or experience any of those things, Santa becomes more real. At Christmas time, we are more open to appreciating this and also to giving to others but it can and should happen at any time of year.

Merry Christmas. And may Santa bring you your heart’s desire.

 

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.