The December 1st box tradition is becoming popular around the world.
Some parents who previously gave their children Christmas Eve boxes are now switching over to the 1st December box. And for good reason.
With a 1 December box, you and your kids can enjoy the goodies and activities inside the box for a longer period.
For example, you can wear your Christmas-themed pyjamas for much longer without it feeling weird.
Your kids will enjoy the gifts all season long as opposed to just during Christmas when the season is ending. Stretching the Christmas fun just a bit longer!
That said, if you want to give your kids a box on the first day in December, you most likely are wondering what to put in said box.
In this post, I’ll highlight 7 simple things to put in your first of December Christmas box.
Don’t feel under pressure to put in everything, you can pick one or two ideas and run with them.
These ideas are achievable and more importantly will create a memorable December, one your kids will never forget.
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#1. Book Advent Calenders
This is a simple and easy to implement 1st December box idea. All you need is 24 books and wrapping paper.
The idea is to wrap 24 books to be read every night counting down to Christmas Day.
Put all the wrapped books in a box (you can choose to have the box personalized or not). Place the box under the Christmas Tree.
Unwrap a Christmas book and read it by the light of the tree together as a family.
Some parents wrap the book, ‘twas the night before Christmas, with a different wrapping paper so they can read it on Christmas Eve.
Alternatively, you can number the books for each day leading up to Christmas.
Cheap ways to make your book advent calendar are to borrow some books from the library, wrap books you already own or buy a few new books each year, then have Santa’s helpers take the books away on Christmas Day to return them the next year.
A fun angle is to add Christmas-themed colouring books as well like this really cool one.
Some great Christmas books babies and toddlers love are:
- ‘Twas the night before Christmas
- All I want for Christmas
- How the Grinch stole Christmas
- That’s not my elf
- The First Christmas
- Make and Play Nativity
- A Christmas Carol
- The gift of nothing
#2. The Jesse Tree Advent Calendar
If you are people of faith, then this will be perfect for your family.
The Jesse Tree Advent Calendar is a lovely Christmas tradition that helps tell the story of the Bible from Creation to Christ’s birth (the first Christmas).
Jesse was the father of King David in the Bible and Jesus came from the lineage of David. Hence, the name of the tree.
The Jesse Tree is easy to put together. All you need are different bible passages and symbols that talk about the main stories leading up to Jesus’ birth.
Then you hang these symbols as ornaments on your Christmas tree while reading the bible verses.
You can either buy the ornaments or make laminated printables to hang on your tree like this one.
And if you are a craft-loving family, you can totally DIY it.
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#3. The Giving Box
I love the idea behind this box. Instead of filling your December 1st box with things or activities for your kids to enjoy, consider encouraging them to donate stuff.
These could be things they’ve outgrown or don’t use anymore.
If your kids are old enough, you can use the giving box as an opportunity to teach your kids the importance of giving.
After all, Christmas is all about giving. God gave Jesus, His most begotten son to die for us. That’s why we celebrate Christmas.
So, how does the giving box work?
Each day from the first of December till a few days to Christmas you donate 1 thing to your box. It could be toys, books, canned food, clothes, anything really. Then go give to a shelter or charity.
Alternatively, when you do your weekly shop, you could add items into your giving box to be donated to your local food bank the week before Christmas.
Leaving a nice little note inside the box is an extra-special gesture that will warm the heart of whoever gets your box.
It’s important to find out what’s acceptable to donate to any of the good causes you choose. Also, contact your chosen charity to find out if they have particular items of need on their wishlist.
And while it’s ideal for you to drop off your donations before Christmas, you can still drop them after Xmas and into the New Year as most charities will always need donations all through the year.
This tradition is very similar to the reverse advent calendar where instead of receiving a gift, you donate an item each day.
#4. Christmas Clothing
The beauty of having Christmas clothes and accessories in your 1st of December box is that you have all month to wear them.
If you want to get more wear out of your Xmas PJs, then get winter-themed PJs, so you can wear them throughout winter.
#5. December Bucket List
Having a list of activities to do throughout December is such a cool idea.
Many kids will look forward to each day’s activity. It’s a fun and memorable tradition to start if you can keep up with it.
Your December bucket list ideas don’t have to be over the top. You can easily incorporate things you’d do anyway. Things like visiting Santa’s Grotto, baking cookies and putting up and decorating your Christmas tree.
The only difference now is that instead of these things happening randomly, they’ll happen on scheduled days. This makes it all so exciting for little kids to look forward to.
To make this even more fun, why don’t you make these ideas into a pretty printable and add them into your kids’ boxes?
Here are some simple ideas to add to your December bucket list.
- Put up Christmas lights
- Bake cookies
- Colour in Christmas Colouring books
- Make DIY ornaments
- Christmas Movie night
- Volunteer at a soup kitchen
- Go to Santa Wonderland or Santa Grotto
- Visit a Christmas tree farm to get a tree
- Build a Gingerbread house
- Go sledging if it snows
- Go to the ice rink
- Drive round to look at Christmas lights
- Decorate the Christmas tree
- Celebrate St. Nicholas Day
- Have a Grinch Day
- Write a letter to Santa
- Sing Christmas carols
- Read a chapter a day from the Bible from the gospel of Luke starting on December 1st.
#6. Shepherd On The Search
Shepherd on the search is a Christian alternative to the Elf on a Shelf based on the four books of the Gospel.
The Shepherd on The Search activity box is a fun family activity that celebrates Jesus’ birth. It comes with an activity, a book, a plush shepherd and a nativity box.
The Shepherd goes on a daily search in December to find Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus. Every day has a Bible verse, some questions, and an activity.
It’s a good way to keep Christ in Christmas. Although, some parents complained that there’s a bit of disobedience in the story so watch out for that.
#7. Puzzle Advent Calendar
This is perfect for a puzzle-loving family.
You buy a puzzle that has 24 parts and put one into your advent calendar for each day in December leading up to Christmas.
Another fun way to do this is to do a puzzle before the 1st of December, then strategically break it up into 3 to 4 pieces per day. Put each day’s puzzle pieces into a stocking advent calendar.
This puzzle could be Christmas-themed or to make it even more special a picture of your family or your kids with their furry friend. That’s sure to make them smile and one they’ll love forever and get framed.
Other Things To Put In Your December 1st Box
Some other stuff to add to your 1st December box are Christmas movies, Christmas ornaments, a special Christmas stuffie, a felt Christmas tree for babies and toddlers, colouring books, a sticker activity book and hot chocolate bombs.
I hope you got some great ideas of what to put in your 1st of December box.
Wishing you a happy December, one filled with the fondest memories and love!