Letter to Father Christmas

This year is the first year that Kory has wrote and sent a letter to Father Christmas. In the past he’s been a little too young to understand and take part in certain Christmas activities like this one for example but with each year that passes, he’s getting older and he’s becoming more excited about Christmas so not only was it magical for me to finally be able to do an activity like this one with him but it was a nice activity for us to sit down and be able to do together.

Because Kory is only 2 years old, I obviously helped him to write his letter but he was still very much involved, I would ask him questions such as ‘what is it you’d like me to tell Father Christmas to bring you?’ And Kory would answer by saying ‘toys, presents’ and so that’s what I’d write. He also got to decorate his letter once we’d finished writing it by sticking lots of stickers that he’d chosen all over it. I started the letter by introducing Kory, his name and age. I then went on to say that he’s been a very good boy this year and mentioned what it is that he would like for Christmas. On the back of the letter I wrote our address so that Father Christmas can reply back to Kory.

Did you know that the Royal Mail supply an address that you can send your letter to and they will respond with a letter written from Father Christmas? All you need to do is put your letter in an envelope with the address:

Santa/Father Christmas,

Santa’s Grotto,

Reindeerland,

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On the front and supply the stamp. Also, make sure you post your letter before the 7th of December!

Not only did Kory have a lot of fun helping me to write his letter to Father Christmas but he also had a lot of fun posting it too! He helped me to put the letter inside the envelope, write the address on the front and he came to the post office with me to buy a stamp. He was so excited to post his letter through a post box! He insisted on holding his letter and held it tightly in his hand all the way to the post box. Posting the letter for Kory might have been the highlight of this whole activity for him! Every time I say to him ‘Kory, did you write a letter to Father Christmas?’ He replies with ‘Kory post letter, red box!’ With the biggest smile ever on his face.

All you really need to write a letter to Father Christmas is:

  • Paper
  • Pen
  • Envelope
  • And some stickers (make it fancy!)

So if you haven’t already, get writing your letters to Father Christmas!

Thanks for reading. Have your children wrote their letters to Father Christmas yet? What have they asked for this year?

Elf on the Shelf

This is our first year taking part in the Elf on the Shelf. Meet our elf, Buddy!

On the 1st of December Buddy made his first appearance. He had left advent calendars for us and a note to Kory explaining who he is, where he’s from and why he’s here. (Basically he’s one of Santa’s elves and Santa has sent him to come stay with us so that him and Kory can have lots of festive fun together and he can also use his magic to go back to The North Pole each night to tell Santa whether Kory has been naughty or nice.) Having never done this before, I thought we were off to a pretty good start!

Today, we went downstairs to see that Buddy had been making snow angels!

It’s only day 2 and I’m already running out of ideas of what to do next with this elf! So after looking online, I came across lots of great Elf on the Shelf ideas that I thought I’d share with you. 24 elf ideas to be exact, so that if you too are taking part in the Elf on the Shelf this year, you won’t be stuck like I was!

Here goes:

  • Place a piece of paper next to your elf that reads ‘can you find all 12 candy canes?’ And then hide candy canes around the house for your child to find.
  • Leave notes/letters from your elf for your child to read. There are lots of free printables online or you could choose to write your own. (Certificate, Arrival letter, goodbye letter, ect.)
  • Place your elf on the couch with the remote and a bowl of popcorn.
  • If you have a dog, put your elf next to the dogs bowl, make it look like he’s been eating the biscuits and leave a note saying ‘worst cookies ever! Do not leave out for Santa!’ Lol
  • Start a jigsaw, leave it unfinished and sit your elf beside it. Encourage your child to help finish the puzzle.
  • Put your elf inside a glass with a card that reads ‘HELP.’
  • Leave a gingerbread house kit with your elf and a piece of paper that reads ‘do you want to build a gingerbread house?’
  • Leave a packet of reindeer food with your elf for your child to use.
  • Place your elf next to everything you need to make Christmas cards and a note that reads ‘Let’s make Christmas cards.’
  • Leave a colouring book or some colouring pages and crayons with your elf.
  • Place a treat (donut, lolly, chocolate, ect) on a plate in front of your elf and a note that reads ‘I made this for you, Santa said you have been good. Keep it up!’
  • Cover your elf in stickers and leave a note beside it saying. ‘Stickers are fun!’
  • Stuff your elf inside a glass jar and write a letter that says ‘I have stuffed myself in this tight spot so you can carry me around for the day. Don’t pop the lid because I will fall out and lose my magic. I am excited to see what you show me today.’
  • Place an open book in front of your elf, what have they been reading?
  • Leave your elf in front of your child’s packed lunch with a note that reads ‘I made you lunch.’
  • Leave a baking kit besides your elf with a note that reads ‘do you wanna bake some _____.’
  • Let your elf present a new book you’ve bought for your child to them by leaving the book beside the elf with a note that reads ‘I’ve bought a book for you!’
  • Put your elf on the back of a toy dinosaur.
  • Stick wrapping paper and cello tape over your elf, make it look like they’ve been wrapping presents for Santa.
  • Put your elf on strike for bad behaviour.
  • Make it look like your elf is trying to climb up the Christmas tree.
  • Put your elf on the potty!
  • Put your elf inside a toilet roll tube and roll them down the stairs.
  • Set up an ‘elf car wash’ by placing lots of toy cars in front of your elf and a sponge.

Are you taking part in the Elf on the Shelf this year? Are you a first timer like myself? I hope you find these Elf on the Shelf ideas to be helpful… What has your elf been up to?

Christmas tree! Oh Christmas tree!

Kory has been asking me for weeks now about our Christmas tree, probably because so many people we know, family and friends have already put theirs up. Every time he seen one he would get so excited and shout ‘Christmas tree! Christmas tree!’ and when I asked him what did he want from Father Christmas, he said a Christmas tree… I’ve felt so bad for not putting ours up sooner, I love Christmas but November just feels too early to be putting our tree up for me. But Today we finally brought our Christmas tree down out of the loft, put it up and then decorated it!

Kory was so excited! He really wanted to get stuck in and help with all the branches and putting the baubles on. So we stuck on a movie and got to work decorating the tree.

I love our Christmas tree. We’ve had it for a few years now and we didn’t pay much for it when we bought it but every year when it’s time to put it up I fall back in love with it all over again. It might not look like much to some of you but I love it’s size, how easy it is to put up, it’s bushy branches and the glitter on the ends of each branch add a lovely sparkle to the tree. I’ve always stuck to the same cream-gold Christmas look. Just because I think it compliments the gold glitter that’s already on the tree nicely and also with our living room being natural colours it suits really well.

This time last year Kory couldn’t care less about a Christmas tree and didn’t know who the hell Father Christmas was (probably because he was only 16 months old at the time.) Where as this year he’s helped with all the decorating and we speak about Father Christmas all the time! It’s crazy how much your child grows and how much things can change in just one year! I just know that with each passing year, as Kory starts to understand more and more about Christmas it’s only going to get more and more magical…

When do you usually put your Christmas tree and decorations up? What do you love most about your tree?

Christmas traditions

The other night me, my mum, my sister (and Kory) all helped to decorate my nan’s Christmas tree. This is something I’ve always done from being a small girl, it’s something that we’ve all always done every year together and it’s a tradition that Kory is beginning to take part in and enjoy now that he’s a little older too.

He’s really excited for Christmas this year!

We all go round to my Nan’s house and we all help to decorate the Christmas tree whilst listening to Christmas music with a takeaway. This Christmas tradition always gets me so excited for Christmas, it really kicks off the festive period for me and it’s when I really start looking forward to Christmas. I can’t wait to put all of our own Christmas decorations up now!

For me, Christmas is all about family and family traditions. Now that I’m a mum myself with a little family of my own, we have some of our own Christmas family traditions. Heres some of them:

  • Decorate our Christmas tree whilst listening to Christmas music and drinking hot chocolate
  • Put up all the Christmas decorations around the house
  • Visit the Christmas markets
  • Write a Christmas list and a letter and send them to Father Christmas
  • Go and see Father Christmas
  • Watch Christmas movies (we have a list of must watch Christmas movies)
  • Elf on the shelf
  • Decorate a gingerbread house
  • New pyjamas ready for Christmas
  • Christmas Eve box

Over the festive period I am going to try my very best to write a blog post for each one of our Christmas traditions and share a little more detail about each of them with you.

I am so excited! It really is the most wonderful time of the year…

Do you and your family have any Christmas traditions of your own?