Christmas Eve Box! A new tradition???

Love it or hate it?

About a month ago I saw someone post a photo for a Christmas Eve Box and I was taken with it and had never heard of it.  It’s basically a present that the kid’s can open on Christmas Eve, to get them into the spirit, typically with PJ’s, Hot chocolate, Books and DVD’s.  I’m not sure why I was taken with it but it may link back to when I was a child we were allowed to open one present on Christmas Eve.  I can’t help thinking it was my mum’s way of getting us to stop bugging her!

There are really mixed feeling about it as we all know kids are spoiled rotten and have no idea of the real meaning of Christmas, just the sheer number of presents.

I don’t know where it originated, I’ve heard murmurs that’s it’s from across the pond, which would fit as I’m Canadian.

Anyhow, we have decided to do it this year and I may regret it as I will now have to carry it on for years to come.

Christmas Eve Box

  • Hot Chocolate
  • Jiffy Pop (popcorn)
  • Reindeer Food
  • Books
  • DVD
  • PJS
  • Reindeer Food

Do you love it or hate it?

Win a Kettcar for Christmas!

OMG! This would be the most amazing Christmas Present ever!  I have to admit it took me all my power to say no, when I was offered one for Madame, but the voice of reason set in, we live in a 2 up 2 down, with no storage and in the middle of a city.

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Weekend away with the girls!

I’m so excited I can barely contain myself.  It’s a friend of mine’s 40th this weekend and we’re off to Norfolk to spend the weekend in a Barn.  No partners or kids, just 10 crazy women!!!  I anticipate a lot of carnage. I first met my mate back in 1997 in a hostel in New Zealand, she was loud and obnoxious so I was obviously drawn to her and we’ve remained good friends ever since.  We’ve had some mad times.

She’s laying on all the food and booze.  The only things I need to do are pack my bags, drive to Norfolk and buy her a pressie.  My first instinct was to buy her something funny, the last gift I got her was a blow up doll called ‘Mustafa Shag’, but my practical side took over.  Joke gifts are only funny for the first 5 minutes and then they get relegated to the loft.

The folks at, contacted me and asked if I would try out their new service.   It’s a search engine that takes the guesswork out of giving; it asks you a few questions (age, sex, likes) about the person you are buying for and then suggests, you guessed it….15 gifts!  If you don’t like what it suggests you just delete the choice and it suggests something else.

What I liked about it is it offered practical, good quality gifts that I wouldn’t have thought of in the first place.  It had some lovely wine accessory kits, cheese boards with groovy knives, good quality pots and pans and some cool gadgets.  However, in the end, I went for the Free Trade Alpaca Slippers.  It seemed fitting for a 40th.  Fingers crossed they arrive in time.  I can’t wait to see her face.

They’ve also asked me to let you know about their launch competition they’re running to find the “worst Christmas gift ever”, the winners will receive a gift with a value of up to £200 worth, and the competition closes the 26th Nov 2010. I’m an ex-primary school teachers so can totally relate to it.  I wish I had some photos that I could enter.

Disclosure:  I received the Alpaca Slippers in return for writing this post