Christmas is a magical time of the year, especially for little ones, but why not make it even more exciting by creating a super special Santa experience? From Mr Claus’ footprints to letters from the big man himself, these crafty tips will create a magical Christmas they won’t forget!
1. Santa’s supper
Let’s face it, it must be absolutely exhausting delivering gifts to every single house in the world, so Santa deserves a treat.The obvious choice in the UK is a mince pie and a glass of milk (or whisky). But, there are other traditions in countries across Europe.
In Ireland, it’s customary to leave a glass of Guinness instead of milk with Santa’s mince pie. It’s a good job that Santa’s sleigh is magical, so he won’t have to drink and drive!
Denmark leave a kind of sweet rice pudding called Risengrod, but they leave it for Santa’s little helpers – the elves – instead of the big man himself.
In Germany and the Netherlands – the children leave something quite different. Germany fuels Santa’s mind instead of his stomach by leaving him letters, in the Netherlands they leave carrots and hay for his trusty reindeers.
2. Letters from Santa
Children across the globe love to write letters to Santa, even if it’s just their Christmas wish list. If you take it upon yourself to write back on behalf of Father Christmas, then take great care to ensure the handwriting you use is different to your own, so kids get excited rather than suspicious.
Alternatively, you can visit http://www.santa.co.uk/ and order a personalised letter from Santa. You can even order an adorable elf to come with it or a very special packet of Mrs Claus’ cookie mix!
3. Leave traces of him behind
Leaving signs of Santa’s presence on Christmas morning will make children very excitable and convinced that’s he’s been!
Why not leave glitter by the front door or in front of the fireplace? Red, green or silver glitter is perfect – warm and wintery Christmas colours with lots of sparkle! Children will definitely believe that St. Nick himself left behind the magic dust.
4. Santa key
When you don’t have a chimney or a fireplace, children can question how Father Christmas gets into your house. A perfect explanation is to create a Santa Key. A Santa Key is a ‘magic’ key that only Santa can use to get into your house and deliver the presents.
If you’re a creative family and your children are into arts and crafts you can make your own key as a fun, pre-Christmas activity. That way, the kids can write their own note to Father Christmas, ensuring that he knows how to get into your house and where to deliver the presents.
5. The Elf on the Shelf
Elf on the Shelf has become hugely popular in recent years. Parents get a toy elf, which is said to fly back to Santa every night to give a report and then land back in a different spot every day. This is a fun game for the young ones, getting them to find the elf in the morning and also gives them an incentive to be well-behaved!
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