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Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Keeping Santa Magic Alive At Christmas

As the years have gone by and I've watched family members and friends have children and watched them grow, I've come to realise that keeping the magic of Santa at Christmas is getting harder and harder. I'm not going to say it's all technology based as I've found that older children find enjoyment in telling younger ones the secret of Santa Claus but it is a significant part of it. I've seen a few posts that have touched on this as parents do want to keep the magic of Christmas so I decided to share some of my ideas and others I've seen. 

- A great way to keep Children believing is a letter from Santa himself. You can either write it out yourself or print one from Pinterest. I love this one from Lia Griffith.

You do need to sign up to membership to her blog but you get so much back for that. 

- For children whose houses have no chimney you can introduce the Santa Key as a way to keep the magic alive. A lot of modern houses don't have a chimney and most people take out their chimney breast to create space. The Santa Key allows him to magically make the key you leave out fit the door, so he can come and leave your presents.

This one I found on Santa Letter Templates is really simple to follow and free to print.

- Having special wrapping paper is a great way to know the gifts are from Santa. As children get older they will start to recognise their parents handwriting so you can either print tags or get someone else to write them for you and wrap them in traditional style paper, like brown paper or candy cane striped.

- The top toys for Christmas sell out so quick. If you know your child wants one and you manage to get it then keep dropping hints to them that you can't and they'll have to put it on their list for Santa. I would read their santa letters before sending them off and if the top toy on there is something you have then make it a gift from Santa to keep the magic going. Alternatively you can always get them to write something down they haven't asked for, something small, read the letter when they are in bed and pick the gift up as a gift from Santa. You can even make it a game and leave a letter from Santa saying he's hidden the gift and to follows clues to find it.

- If you haven't seen any of my previous blog posts, I started sharing Elf On The Shelf ideas. Elf On The Shelf is an elf scout that Santa sends to keep an eye on the child or children on Santa's behalf. At night he flies back to the north pole to report to Santa before coming back to the house before the child or children wake up. You can make it so the Elf hides in a new place each morning so they have to find him or he can do funny and mischievous things like I have been sharing.

- Last and certainly not least Norad. Norad is the official Santa tracker and before the children go to sleep they can track and see where Santa is in the world. It's a great way to use technology for good to keep the magic rather than Children reading Facebook and Twitter. The website also hosts an interactive Santa village where they can watch movie, listen to music and play games.

I would love to know what you are getting up to this Christmas, if you've brought anything you've seen on here, excited to share present, makeup or decoration ideas or anything Christmassy! Message me on Twitter or Instagram or use the hashtag #HolidaysWithHannah.

As always, thanks for reading...

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