Christmas Eve parcel, get ready for Santa

christmas eve parcel

This is an idea I picked up from a fellow blogger The Imagination Tree and it immediately became a Must Do project a Christmas Eve parcel.

In fact, I’ve been working on this for a couple of months now – just keeping my eyes open for goodies to include. The idea is when the children are so excited they are driving you insane with ‘When’s he coming?’ ‘What time is it?’ You give them a distraction, something to quieten them down and something to make them smile and prolong the excitement that comes with Christmas Eve making it an even better and memorable experience.

Many parents use this time of year to  buy new pyjamas, a special Christmas book, and some Christmas Eve treats so expanding on the idea I have decided to include the following in my Christmas Eve surprise parcel and make an evening of fun for the girls

Christmas Eve parcel

Reindeer food

a bag of oats, grains and sparkle to scatter over the grass so whilst Father Christmas delivers the goods inside the reindeer can top up their energy with a quick snack. We shall sprinkle over the lawn before the sun sets and the birds will thank us in the morning.

Thick colourful socks

to wear with their wellies to distribute the reindeer food and watch the fun Santa procession that passes by every year.

christmas eve parcel

Some Christmas Eve treats to be eaten after dinner – in fact I will most likely wrap these up and add a time to be opened ticket to them to prevent them eating all the sugar and no dinner!

Brand new pyjamas – this year I found some excellent onesies in Primark, the choice was amazing and the fabrics so much fun, I have a purple cow for Bessie and a monkey for Alice.

New knickers – this year I have chosen princess briefs as they along with Tinkerbell seem to be the hot favourites.

New toothbrushes and toothpaste – nothing like a good clean up to make sure you’re ready for when Santa pops in with your stocking ;)

A new book to read – The Night Before Christmas by Carol Ann Duffy who also wrote The Gift I raved about recently

and of course, an empty stocking to hang which is the one we use every year.

I am hoping this will become a yearly tradition with extras thrown in every year to make it a little unpredictable but always traditional, do you have any great ideas that could be added?


  1. December 21, 2012 / 6:30 AM

    wow gone to so much detail, i hope santa does visit and leave lots of pressies,kids will have wonderful memories

    • Mari
      December 21, 2012 / 12:25 PM

      I think I may be more excited at giving these parcels than the girls receiving them :) Making memories that’s what it’s all about

  2. Glenys
    December 21, 2012 / 12:48 PM

    Hi Marianne I’ve done Christmas Eve hampers for the boys. I’m going to get my neighbour to put them outside ready for our return from the chris tingle service at church. Mine contain new PJs and slippers. Christmas Mr men books. Some choccy treats and a special Christmas mug with ingredients for snowman soup (hot chocolate and marshmallows) DVD to snuggle on the sofa with for quiet time before bed. Reindeer food and the magic Santa key as we don’t have a chimney.
    Have fun and a lovely Christmas xx

    • Mari
      December 21, 2012 / 12:55 PM

      LOVE, love love it. I shall ‘borrow’ a few of your ideas for next year’s too. I was looking for boxes but ran out of time and couldn’t find anything love the hamper idea Happy Christmas to you and yours too xx

  3. December 21, 2012 / 10:23 PM

    What a lovely idea :) We do the new pyjamas thing, but I love the idea of expanding to other distractions.

    • Mari
      December 29, 2012 / 7:35 PM

      It went down a storm and made getting ready for bed a bit more exciting. I’d say go for it!

  4. MsXpat
    December 22, 2012 / 12:39 AM

    Cut onesies! Since I was a child I’d had a new sleepwear for Xmas. I still gotta find a pair for this year, lol. Happy Xmas to you and your family!

    • Mari
      December 29, 2012 / 7:35 PM

      Hope your Christmas has been a fabulous one too

  5. December 27, 2012 / 1:37 AM

    Super idea, might have to nick this for next year. I hope you are having a fab time with your family. Mich x

    • Mari
      December 29, 2012 / 7:36 PM

      Steal, the twins loved it! I’ll definitely be repeating next year

  6. December 27, 2012 / 10:00 PM

    I love the parcel of goodies and the new toothbrush, pants and book sound like an excellent idea! I might pinch those to add to the new pyjamas next Christmas.

    Popping over from Britmum’s Christmas bloghop

    • Mari
      December 29, 2012 / 7:36 PM

      You must, the girls loved it and it really made th afternoon/evening pass quickly without too many questions :)

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