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    • MSE Tine
    • By MSE Tine 17th Dec 18, 10:44 AM
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    Christmas Eve Boxes?
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    • 17th Dec 18, 10:44 AM
    Christmas Eve Boxes? 17th Dec 18 at 10:44 AM
    A heated debate has sprung up about Christmas Eve boxes at MSE Towers: Are they succumbing to "crass commercialism" or are they in the spirit of Christmas?

    Personally I love them and include everyone's new Pyjamas (not Christmas themed!), a boardgame or family activity for the evening and snacks and sweets.

    We'd love to hear if you think it's a nice tradition or if it's just unnecessary spending this time of year?



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    • By Former MSE Andrea 17th Dec 18, 11:07 AM
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    It's only something I've heard of recently. I didn't have it when I was a kid.
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    • By heatherw_01 17th Dec 18, 11:38 AM
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    Never heard of them. I guess if you celebrate Christmas then this sounds like a fun idea
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    • By Glad 17th Dec 18, 11:45 AM
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    I think it's a nice idea, I have friends who see their grandchildren Xmas eve but not Xmas day, as well as handing over presents to be opened Xmas morning, they do little Xmas Eve boxes that they can watch the children open usually pyjamas and a few little treats
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    • By chanie 17th Dec 18, 1:33 PM
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    I think they are waste if done just for the sake of it. I do them for my children, but low key:

    Pjs/toothbrushes - I would have to buy these anyway.

    Santa plate, bottle, Santa key - I reuse these every year and its a bit of fun for the children to put out The treats.

    A few treats - we might buy a couple of festive chocolates or sweets.

    So, we dont spend much, but get to add some festive excitement to the big day.
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    • charlotte1994
    • By charlotte1994 17th Dec 18, 1:35 PM
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    I think they are fine, if they don't contain too much. As others have said small items like pjs, santa key and some sweets why not :-)
    • Sea Shell
    • By Sea Shell 17th Dec 18, 2:55 PM
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    What next, Christmas Eve Eve boxes??
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    • spadoosh
    • By spadoosh 17th Dec 18, 3:00 PM
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    What next, Christmas Eve Eve boxes??
    Originally posted by Sea Shell
    Id join your outrage but im more outraged you didnt think that BOXing day boxes should/would be next.
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    • By Sea Shell 18th Dec 18, 5:25 AM
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    Id join your outrage but im more outraged you didnt think that BOXing day boxes should/would be next.
    Originally posted by spadoosh
    Ha!!! So missed a trick there didn't I. I was just thinking of the instant gratification of moving everything earlier and earlier....Boxing day would be just too long to wait (for some)
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    This should now read "It's time to start digging up those Squirrelled Nuts"!!!
    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 18th Dec 18, 6:10 AM
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    I've never heard of this 'tradition' (and I'm a pensioner).


    Where has this idea come from?
    And how long has it been a 'tradition'?
    • kingfisherblue
    • By kingfisherblue 18th Dec 18, 7:59 AM
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    Nope, we don't bother. I have enough to do without sorting out boxes for Christmas Eve as well!

    We do, however, sit down and watch a film together, then read " 'Twas the night before Christmas" before bed. We also put out a carrot for Rudolph, and a biscuit and drink for Father Christmas. No need for a box.
    • elsien
    • By elsien 18th Dec 18, 8:03 AM
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    Never had a Christmas Eve box and didn't really know what they were.
    In our family Christmas Eve was about last minute prezzie wrapping, a communal making the sausage rolls and prepping the food for the next day, then midnight mass for those that wanted to go.
    There's generally far too much still to do than sit down for a board game and a film. Running round trying to find a shop still open selling batteries, for example.

    None of the family members with children do it either. Is it a recent (as in the last few years) thing?
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    • sheramber
    • By sheramber 18th Dec 18, 9:34 PM
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    I've never heard of this 'tradition' (and I'm a pensioner).


    Where has this idea come from?
    And how long has it been a 'tradition'?
    Originally posted by Pollycat
    It s another American 'tradition' that is being adopted here.
    • candygirl
    • By candygirl 18th Dec 18, 9:39 PM
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    My DD does it for the Grandkids.Puts new pjs, hot choc, n dvds in it
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    • pippo
    • By pippo 19th Dec 18, 12:04 AM
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    I too hate the idea of more commercialism and struggling parents feeling that they have to spend even more money, but I've done my own version of this a few times.

    As 'long distance' grandparents we often go to stay with DS and his family for Christmas and I would look to keep my granddaughters entertained whilst their mum and dad were busy. I would pack a 'nanny bag' containing a few sweets, new PJs, a book and one or two silly things like reindeer food(home made) or antlers. I'd bring these out when I felt I needed to. I will always remember our youngest shrieking with delight and stripping off there an then to put on her new PJs!!!
    • kittennose
    • By kittennose 19th Dec 18, 9:21 AM
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    Totally unnecessary - in my experience this kills christmas for kids. The best part was always the excitement and anticipation of Christmas morning. Xmas eve was unbearable, in a good way.

    Giving gifts early just ruins it.

    Better to just spend the day with your kids and give them lots of attention, play games with them.

    I fear in many houses the xmas eve box of new PJ's and aDVD is there to make life easier for mum a and dad who can quieten hyper active excited kids and stick their kids in front of a film.
    • cherylblade
    • By cherylblade 19th Dec 18, 9:32 AM
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    We do a Christmas Eve bag.

    Contents vary from year to year but the idea is primarily to promote cuddly, relaxing family time.

    This year it’s a dressing gown and slippers for my daughter, a small box of chocolates for the family to share, and some bubble bath for a Christmas Eve bath before bed.

    In other years we’d include a DVD or book, but we now have enough Christmas books and DVDs. You only need so many.
    • kwame41
    • By kwame41 19th Dec 18, 9:39 AM
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    Personal choice in my opinion. I didnt have one as child but I would have been pleased to get one.

    Traditions are made by doing things like this year after year.

    Merry Christmas! to the fans & Bah Humbug! to the others.

    • kathrynha
    • By kathrynha 19th Dec 18, 9:59 AM
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    We have done a Christmas Eve present for my daughter since she was little.

    Always includes new PJs so that she looks presentable in the photos the next morning.


    When she was little I would include a new bath toy or bath product. This was a clever ploy so that I could make her have a longer and hopefully noisier bath on Christmas Eve.
    Whilst she was in the bath, and I was supervising her my husband would use the time to get the presents out of the loft, past her bedroom door and in to the lounge without her noticing. She never went back downstairs after her bath.


    Now she is almost a teenager I include a DVD and a bag of popcorn, so that we can sit down as a family and have a lovely chilled out evening.
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    • Basia022
    • By Basia022 19th Dec 18, 10:32 AM
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    German?
    This is a new thing I think. I think it is a tradition in Germany where I understand that they give presents on Christmas EVE not Christmas Day like the royal family?
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