It’s Christmas Eve! The excitement is building, the kids are up to high-doh, the sense of anticipation is magical. So while you wait for Santa to arrive, we have compiled our list of 18 Special Christmas Eve Essentials Perfect for Waiting for Santa, in association with M&S Ireland.
#1. Cuddly Christmas Jammies
Christmas pyjamas for the kids to put on after their bath or shower (so you’re all clean for Santa!).
#2. Cosy Dressing Gowns
The kids will look extra cuddly in their PJs and cosy dressing gowns.
#3. Fluffy warm slippers
And to keep their tootsies warm as they run around excited, a pair of fluffy warm slippers.
#4. Christmas Treats for late night visitors
You’ll need some teats to leave out for Santa and the reindeer. We usually leave a Christmas cookie or two, a glass of something for Santa and a carrot for Rudolph in our house!
#5. Christmas Music
Whether you are into carols or Christmas pop songs, it’s essential to have that music on in the background, it really gets everybody into the mood! Check out our Mykidstime Hip Christmas playlist on Spotify for something a bit different!
#6. A classic Christmas movie
Christmas Eve wouldn’t be the same without watching a classic Christmas movie together. Our favourites are The Snowman or Elf or Home Alone. Or if we have time, all three!
#7. 1 Gift to Open
In our house, everyone gets to choose and open one small gift on Christmas Eve.
I’ve also heard recently about parents giving their kids a Christmas Eve Box with some of these Christmas Eve essentials in them like jammies and hot chocolate mix which I think is a lovely idea.
From dinosaurs to fairies, projectors to chocolate coins: M&S have plenty of reasons to stay off the naughty list. And that look when they tear away at the paper – their eyes light up as they see the gift and beam in delight. Check out their range of rainbow stocking fillers too – little things they’ll love from €2.75.
#8. Christmas Stockings
Need we say more?
#9. An Open Fire
As the Christmas classic song goes, “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…” and an open fire really is the biz (if you have a fireplace) for making it feel perfectly Christmassy.
#10. Suitable Christmas Apparel for Mum and Dad
If you can persuade Mum and Dad to put on their Christmas jumpers then they’ll look just the part. Or failing that a set of reindeer antlers or a pair of Christmas socks!
#11. Hot Chocolate with Marshmallows
It’s just the deliciousness of the hot chocolate with melted marshmallows that makes it feel Christmas Eve-ish.
#12. Christmas Drink for Mum and Dad
Yes, Mum and Dad are definitely ready for a glass of bubbly or a cocktail! (Especially if they have a complex toy to assemble or even a trampoline as we did one Christmas Eve!)
#13. Reindeer Food
A bag of Magic Reindeer Food to sprinkle in the garden to let the Reindeers know where to come!
I love a Christmas-scented candle or putting tealights in my Christmas holders, there’s something so soft and gentle about candle light. (Just remember to keep an eye on them at all times and blow them out at bedtime!)
#15. A Gingerbread House
A proper Gingerbread House is lovely to break pieces off and nibble on. Or how about baking this easy but stunning gingerbread village?
#16. Santa Tracker
You must have the Santa Tracker up and following progress on the tablet or laptop!
#17. A Family Board Game
We like to play a family board game together on Christmas Eve, it helps pass the time too. Some favourite board game suggestions from Mykidstime parents.
#18. A Christmas Bedtime Story
And of course when your kids are tucked up in bed, there’s nothing nicer than reading a Christmas bedtime story together. Here are our favourite Christmas stories.
Over to you now. Is there anything we have missed on our Christmas Eve Essentials list? Tell us in the comments below!