Picture your perfect Christmas Eve: the food preparations are made, the presents are wrapped and under the tree, the carrot and mince pie have been left out for Santa and there’s nothing left to do but wait for his arrival. To make this peaceful scene a reality, there are a few steps you can take to ensure little ones are tucked up in bed, leaving not-so-little-ones to relax and enjoy a glass of something lovely.
Our 'To Father Christmas' Envelope, ready to be whisked up the chimney
Step 1: The Christmas countdown
“Up to the rooftop, the reindeer they flew,
With the sleigh full of toys and St Nicholas, too.”
During the lead-up to the big day, get little ones to write their wishlist letters. Put them inside our ‘To Father Christmas’ Canvas Envelope then hang it from the tree or lean against the mantelpiece, ready to be whisked away up the chimney to the North Pole by the magical Christmas post.
They will feel extra festive with the help of our Advent Wall Calendar. With a pocket for each day, children can enjoy little treats – such as bubbles, decorations, fruit and our Animal Finger Puppets – as Christmas Day draws closer. More personal (and certainly less sugary) than the usual chocolate alternatives, they’ll love getting this delightful piece out, year after year.
Children's Decorations are perfect for little hands
Step 2: Let little hands help
“The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In the hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.”
Keep little ones busy during the daytime of Christmas Eve. Get them to help lay the table and add finishing touches around the house – our collection of knitted decorations with characters like Snowy Penguin, Reindeer and Snowman, are perfect for adding Christmas cheer to nurseries, play rooms and children’s bedrooms.
After that, they can choose a place to hang their stockings – we’ve got a bigger range than ever this year, from traditional Fairisle Knitted Stockings to characterful Snowman Stockings and Snowy and Lumi Sacks. The more active and involved little ones are by day, the better they will sleep come nightfall.
Children's Night Before Christmas Pyjamas are perfect for present opening
Step 3: The night-time wind-down
“The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugarplums danced in their heads.”
To get little ones snug in bed, even with the anticipation of the following morning, make sure bathtime happens earlier rather than later. We’ve got beautiful toasty bathrobes and dressing gowns to wrap them up in post-bath, including our Pink and Red Snuggle Robes with Ears.
In the run-up to Christmas, our children’s pyjamas also come with a free gift bag in store. Stow them under the tree, to be gleefully unwrapped on Christmas Eve, and worn to await Santa’s arrival. To give them happy, festive dreams, read them a Wintry story from our book collection before bed. We’ve got animal adventures in the snow with our Baby Animal Collection by Emma Dodd or seasonal tales such as The Christmas Fairy, Poles Apart or A Christmas Wish to settle sleepy heads before lights off.
Explore our complete range of Night Before Christmas pyjamas here.