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Christmas Traditions - Making a Christmas Box

For Arthur's 1st Christmas, I picked out a special bauble to mark it and decided that it'd be something I'd do every year, with the idea being that he'd have his own little collection when he's older. It was kind of inspired by my mum's tradition of hanging mine and my brother's very 1st pair of Christmas socks on the tree each year - something I've always thought was such a cute idea!

This year though, I found myself wanting to add to our tradition by making Arthur a little Christmas box to open today, 1st December. I made it out of cardboard packaging from a delivery we'd had and personalised wrapping paper* from Pretty Gifted. Inside the box there's a few things he'll be able to use to get ready for Christmas - including Christmas books, a reindeer drinks bottle, Buddy the Elf on the Shelf and of course his bauble - well actually this year it's ended up being baubles as we couldn't pick just one!

We bought the felt Santa decoration and 'Arthur' angel decoration from the Christmas market in Exeter. I knew Arthur would love the Santa but I couldn't resist the little angel, as when I looked at the stand 'Arthur' was the first name I saw. Arthur's granny and grandad also picked up the gorgeous reindeer decoration from a Christmas craft fair so he's got three to add to his collection this year!

Seeing as Arthur's two and beginning to show an interest in Christmas, I thought I'd have a go at doing the whole Elf on the Shelf thing this year. So yep, Buddy is coming to stay! I feel like I'm going to need some serious Elf on the Shelf inspiration, so if you have any posts on the little guy, do pop the links below. I've already been noting down some of the fantastic ideas from this Elf on the Shelf blog post by Kate!

Jolly Jingle Christmas: 10 Festive Sounds Book - £12.00 // The Christmas Bear (Tom and Bear) - £4.49
Arthur loves being read to, so adding a couple of Christmas themed books to his collection was a no-brainer. These two interactive books are particularly good picks as he's really into 'lift the flap' and sound books at the moment. I can't wait to introduce him to some Christmas characters - he's already recognising Santa and his Reindeers, which is adorable.

I finished Arthur's Christmas box off with the Sass & Belle reindeer milk bottle, which I know he'll love drinking out of, while I sip my coffee from a Christmas-themed cup!

So there we have the start of what I hope will become a little Christmas tradition of ours. We also managed to pick up a Happyland Advent Calendar and Wooden Nativity Set as part of a Mothercare offer but I think I'll save them for another post. Have you made a Christmas Box? Or do you have other traditions? I'd love to hear about them!

Megan x
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