Ever since I was little The Snowman has featured in our family Christmas traditions, mainly sitting down after Christmas dinner to watch it together, my Dad munching on a mince pie, Mum getting all misty eyed over the music, and me and my brother gripped until the end. Whenever I hear the iconic music played I am taken straight back to those Christmas days and I knew that when I had children, I wanted to re-create those memories.
For that reason we were delighted to be asked to take part in The Snowman & The Snowdog advent blog tour and share the ways in which we are incorporating The Snowman in our festivities this year. We were sent the most amazing box of goodies, all of which will be featuring in our Christmas Eve boxes.
We started making Christmas Eve boxes when Lewis was younger, back before they were even a “thing”, just new pyjamas, a book, a Christmas DVD and a few treats. Since having four children our Christmas Eve boxes have expanded somewhat although the basics are still very much the same.
This year we will be including The Snowman himself from Rainbow Designs. At 22cm tall he is super soft and adorable and I know that he will be loved for years to come. RRP £14.99.
I love this gorgeous Snowman biscuit from the Biscuiteers, presented in a lovely gift box and perfectly iced. The children are going to adore it although it is far too beautiful to eat! RRP £10.95.
Ever since our first Christmas Eve box we have always included hot chocolate. There is nothing nicer than a warm drink before bed on Christmas Eve, especially if it’s brimming with marshmallows! I love this one with a hot chocolate mix included!
Although we have the original The Snowman on DVD, we don’t yet have The Snowman and The Snowdog (RRP £9.99) so I am so excited to watch this on Christmas Eve with the children! As the sequel to the classic, the story follows a young boy named Billy who, after moving into the house where the Snowman first appeared, discovers a box containing a scarf, a hat, coal lumps and a dried satsuma…..
I always like to include a Christmas decoration in the Christmas Eve boxes and this one is utterly adorable. From Wild in Art (£7.80 for one or £26 for four), The Snowdog decoration is the perfect way to finish off your tree and I look forward to adding to our collection over the years.
We always include Christmas books in our boxes and the children look forward to these each year. I know that Harry will love this gorgeous Snowdog board book from Puffin, RRP £7.99, as it is lovely and chunky and tells a simple rhyming story which even small children can follow.
The girls will be over the moon with their own copy of the original book, The Snowman. Telling the story through beautiful pictures, I just know that this will become a fundamental part of our Christmas Eve’s from now on. RRP £7.99.
The children will also each receive a personalised book each, The Snowman and The Snowdog, a really special gift which I know they will treasure. From Pen Wizard, the story can be personalised with your child’s name, hairstyle and colour, skin tone and pyjama colour. At £17.99 it’s a really special keep sake and I just know the children will be so excited to actually feature in their very own story!
And given that Christmas Eve is such a long time away when you’re 3, 4 and 5, the children have also received their very own Snowman advent calendars from Thorntons. The first features 22 chocolate shapes, 2 snowmen with a fondant filling and a 60g Snowdog for the big day! RRP £10.
The second is a personalised advent calendar featuring the child’s name on the final door. I love personalised items and I know Eva is going to be so happy with this. RRP £7.
So there you have it, our Snowman & Snowdog Christmas traditions for this year and I for one CAN’T WAIT!!!
Head on over to Mamas V.I.B tomorrow for the next post in the advent blog tour!
*** We were sent these items for the purpose of this review. All words and opinions are my own.***