Crossword English #115 — Christmas Eve Boxes (Cloze)

Crossword English #115 — Christmas Eve Boxes (Cloze)

A carrot for Rudolph and a mince pie for [12 ACROSS] Christmas are traditions that most British families associate with 24 December. But as so-called Christmas Eve boxes [15 DOWN] popularity, do they add to the festive [17 ACROSS] or simply pile on pressure for parents?

Christmas Eve boxes are typically given to young [9 ACROSS] as a way to break up the anticipation of the [19 ACROSS] day with some small [15 ACROSS] and activities.

They can be as simple as a [9 DOWN] box or as elaborate as an engraved [1 ACROSS] chest, filled with sweets, pyjamas, films, books and games.

But many parents are oblivious to the Christmas Eve box – [1 DOWN] others understandably feel that a box [13 DOWN] to the stress and workload of keeping children entertained over the Christmas holiday.

Families are now sharing [10 DOWN] for Christmas Eve boxes [5 DOWN] Pinterest, with [2 ACROSS] from parents in the US and Canada as well as in the UK.

Google says the number of people in the UK searching for Christmas Eve boxes on its shopping tab [6 DOWN] its highest-ever point [7 ACROSS] 13 and 19 November 2016.

Retailer Matalan’s new [8 ACROSS] of 10,000 empty Christmas Eve boxes sold [3 DOWN] by December, while online retailer Notonthehighstreet said sales of its Christmas Eve boxes had increased [16 DOWN] 364% since last year and were in [4 DOWN] “thousands”.

Consumer [11 DOWN] Prof Vince Mitchell said we cannot pin down when Christmas Eve boxes [16 ACROSS] – but that it was a festive tradition that had been “waiting to happen”.

Prof Mitchell suggested parents are also influenced by gift-giving elsewhere in [14 ACROSS], where children from many countries receive their presents on 24 December.

But in the UK, Christmas Eve boxes are fast becoming a “clever retail invention”, Prof Mitchell said.


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