December 1st boxes are one of my favorite holiday traditions. Find out what they are and what to put in them for your family this year!

A really fun and easy way to kick off the holiday season

A few years ago, I did a whole post about holiday traditions with over 50 fantastic ideas submitted by you guys! If you missed that post, you can read it RIGHT HERE. One of my favorite ideas from those that were submitted was December First Boxes.

What are December first boxes anyway?

This is a special box that each family member receives on December 1st that helps kick off the holiday season — holiday movies or books, a new ornament, Christmas pajamas, etc.

You can fill it with anything you’d like, and you could make the boxes big or small.

Once everyone opens their box, you can watch a Christmas movie together snuggled in your new pajamas and eating a Christmas treat from your box. Or do the first day of your advent calendars, make hot cocoa or sugar cookies together, or do a Christmas craft. The point is to spend time together and bring some Christmas spirit into your home.

Lots of ideas for what to put in your December 1st Boxes

We’ve done December first boxes now for two years (this will be our third year), and the tradition is so much fun. So many of you started this tradition as well, so with your help I compiled a big list of items you could put in your December 1st boxes this year.

Clothing Ideas

Activity Ideas

Bedding

  • Holiday pillowcase – you could make your own, or here are some cute ones on Etsy!
  • Christmas sheets – this is such a fun way to make your kids bedrooms feel special for the holidays
  • Cozy blanket – we got THESE ONES last year for my boys and they still sleep with them

Food

  • Movie candy – this is a perfect thing to add if you’re planning to watch a holiday movie.
  • Popcorn – same as above, definitely include popcorn if you plan to watch a festive movie!
  • Hot cocoa mix with tiny candy cane and marshmallows — or get really fun and try this 12 DAYS OF HOT COCOA!
  • Hot chocolate mugs – THESE ONES are so cute
  • Christmas cups and plates – I love the idea of having special dishware for the holidays
  • Holiday cookie cutters for sugar cookies – love these ones RIGHT HERE

Holiday Related Gifts

25 Ideas to Put in Your December 1st Boxes

boys holding christmas presents wrapped

December 1st boxes are one of my favorite holiday traditions. Find out what they are and what to put in them for your family this year!

 

A really fun and easy way to kick off the holiday season

A few years ago, I did a whole post about holiday traditions with over 50 fantastic ideas submitted by you guys! If you missed that post, you can read it RIGHT HERE. One of my favorite ideas from those that were submitted was December First Boxes.

 

What are December first boxes anyway?

This is a special box that each family member receives on December 1st that helps kick off the holiday season — holiday movies or books, a new ornament, Christmas pajamas, etc.

You can fill it with anything you’d like, and you could make the boxes big or small.

Once everyone opens their box, you can watch a Christmas movie together snuggled in your new pajamas and eating a Christmas treat from your box. Or do the first day of your advent calendars, make hot cocoa or sugar cookies together, or do a Christmas craft. The point is to spend time together and bring some Christmas spirit into your home.

 

Lots of ideas for what to put in your December 1st Boxes

We’ve done December first boxes now for two years – this will be our third year – and the tradition is so much fun. So many of you started this tradition as well, so with your help I compiled a big list of items you could put in your December 1st boxes this year.

Clothing Ideas

 

 

Activity Ideas

 

 

Bedding

  • Christmas pillowcase – you could make your own, or here are some cute ones on Etsy!
  • Christmas sheets – this is such a fun way to make your kids bedrooms feel special for the holidays
  • Cozy blanket – we got THESE ONES last year for my boys and they still sleep with them

 

 

Food

  • Movie candy – this is a perfect thing to add if you put a Christmas movie in your kid’s boxes
  • Popcorn – same as above, definitely include popcorn if you include a Christmas movie!
  • Hot cocoa mix with tiny candy cane and marshmallows — or get really fun and try this 12 DAYS OF HOT COCOA!
  • Christmas mugs – THESE ONES are so cute
  • Christmas cups and plates – I love the idea of having special dishware for the holidays
  • Holiday cookie cutters for sugar cookies – love these ones RIGHT HERE

 

 

Holiday Related Gifts

 

boys carrying christmas presents

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7 Comments

  1. Teresa says:

    I have one great idea this year: stop consumerism. Make donations with that money to a cause you hold dear to your heart.

  2. Aubree Larsen says:

    What a fun idea becuase getting christmas related items on christmas is No fun but when else do you give them?! We’ve started the tradition of giving Christmas pajamas sometime during thanksgiving break (the exact time will be a mYstery!) and like your ideas to add to it. I would also like to see some christ centered ideas to make sure He is in our christmas!

    • Merrick says:

      We just purchased “The 25 Days of Christ” advent calendar from New Traditions Crafts and it’s fantastic! Definitely recommend.

  3. […] One of the things I found that called to me was gifting our kids with a ‘December 1st Box.’  I found the idea for this tradition at Merrick’s Art.  I just did a little research to make sure that I remembered that correctly and this year she has a great post of 25 Ideas to Put in your December 1st Box. […]

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