Since having children, Christmas has taken on a whole new level for me. The magic of Christmas is undoubtedly captured in the faces of our little ones when they see that they have indeed made it onto Santa’s Good List!
But I’m not oblivious to the fact that those magical years, are no where near long enough, so I intend to make the magic sparkle as much as I can, while the belief and wonderment still exists.
The following are just little things that we like to do to create a little magic in the build up to Christmas eve:
A Letter from Santa
This weekend, Harley ran into the lounge, excited to see a bright red envelope with his name on it, pushed through the letterbox. It was a letter from Santa, that he believes the elves posted through the door. My eyes welled up, reading the letter to him and seeing his face light up. We used My Letter from Santa Claus and you can read our review of the letter here. Because the letter is so personal, it’s truly lovely to hear how Santa knows everything them and knows exactly what they want for Christmas!
We also make a personalised video using the Portable North Pole. Like the letter, you can add any information you like to make it special. There is an option to pay for an upgrade where you can add more detail but I just use the free version.
‘Santa is Coming to’ Book
I love getting out the Christmas stories and reading them before bedtime throughout December. An old favourite of mine is ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ but we love the ‘Santa is coming to’ books written by Steve Smallman and published by Hometown World. They mention places local to your area and I love adding in the children’s names on the last page. As Harley can’t read yet, he really believes he features in the book.
A visit to see Santa
The magic really comes alive with a visit to see Santa. We usually go to Stewarts Garden Centre where they have real reindeer, but this year we were lucky enough to visit the Christmas Wonderland at Paultons Park. It was stunning. You can read our review of the Wonderland, here.
On Christmas Eve …
Track Santa’s journey
We love using the Santa Tracker to see where Santa is on his journey and to watch him get ever closer.
We like to leave a trail of glitter, down the steps that lead up to our front door, just to make sure Santa knows the way!
Treats for Santa
Isn’t it amazing seeing your little one’s face light up when they see that Santa has eaten the mince pie or cookies they left out for him and drank the glass of milk…. or Rosé wine as the case may be, this year! We made our own plate for Santa by simply using Sharpie pens and baking the plate in the oven for 30 mins at 175ºC. I also love how it is a constant reminder of how Harley used to first write his name. I wrote Harley and Lola’s ages on the back of the plate as a reminder for years to come.
We also leave out a carrot for Rudolph but just so that the other reindeers don’t feel left out, we like to leave them some reindeer food in the garden. We simply mix oats, granola and of course, glitter to make that all important reindeer food. We can’t have Dancer and Prancer missing out!
This is a gorgeous idea that was actually hubby’s. We leave out Santa’s footprints walking away from the stockings. Simply cut out a shoe print template and sprinkle talcum powder around the edges. I didn’t get a photo of it last year but I love these ones from The Party Artisan:
We always leave out a Magic Key for Santa to get through the door on Christmas Eve as we don’t have a chimney. The jingle bell is the sound of Santa’s sleigh approaching.
I saw this on social media this week. We are definitely going to be on the lookout for Santa’s sleigh flying through the sky, so I thought I would share it with you:
So are there any other things that you like to do, to create that magic of Father Christmas, that I can
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