Honestly, I just got my head around the fact it was November and then suddenly here we are in December. I am not complaining though because I love December. In the past my tree would have been up by now, but there is something about having children that makes me want to change the way we do things, to make it more magical and to make the feelings last, not to get tinseled out before the man in the red suit drops in.
So all I have unpacked is the Advent Calenders. Over the past two years I have made one for each of my children, the Reindeer version is Piran’s and the Polar Bears belong to Kate. In hindsight one would have been fine! In the past I have popped little plastic animals in the pockets but actually 24 pockets multiplied by two children is just too excessive and the gifts will be here at the end anyway. So this year it is all about making Christmas a really special time for all of us.
I am going to concentrate on the Christmas experience – with a note in each with an activity for the day. And if they are lucky maybe a little chocolate too. Some days it will be the same for everyone, other days they will have different things planned. And I get to do it all! Some of the things we are planning are:
- Write letters to Father Christmas
- Make Christmas biscuits
- Go and buy presents
- Make wrapping paper
- Read Christmas stories
- Watch a Christmas film
- Visit Father Christmas
- Go late night shopping
- Drive around looking for Christmas lights
- Have a Christmas sing a long
- Go to Christmas parties
- Make mince pies
That is just a start. Today we started well by writing our letters to Father Christmas and posting them on the way to the inlaws house for dinner.
I used this lovely free printable letter to Santa from Wink Designs – great for small people that are just learning to write. Kate chose to tick ‘A little bit Naughty’ on her letter which made me smile. Piran triple checked that he was ticking Very Good before doing it. He wanted to be very sure!
We posted them to Father Christmas at his Royal Mail address – he does say that he will try and write back if you get your letters to him by Friday 6th December at the latest and ensure that you add a stamp before posting.
In the past I have used the NSPCC service which will send a personalised letter to you from Santa for a suggested £5 donation. We did this a few years ago – the letters were lovely and you are giving to a really important cause too.
Today was a really lovely Sunday, and the perfect start to Advent. I am really looking forward to Christmas this year. Do you have any suggestions for things we can do, or would you like to share your Advent traditions? I am loving seeing it all pop up all over the internet.