Our Letter to Father Christmas

We love this time of year, it's always so exciting. Christmas as a parent is so magical, there is nothing like seeing a child smile on Christmas morning as they unwrap their gifts by the tree and watch them get so excited when they get something that they really wanted. Like so many, I absolutely adore Christmas. I am definitely one of those people that like to see the Christmas decorations in shops early and my daughter and I have been listening to Christmas songs since October. I love all the warm Christmas scents and indulging in the most wonderful treats. Most families have certain traditions that they need to do in order to get into the Christmas spirit and now that we are a family I think it's time we made our own. One that I am keen on starting this year is writing a letter to Father Christmas and this year we have decided to be a little more creative. 

My husband and I were having a conversation about letters to Father Christmas and as a child I remembered being quite traditional and would write Father Christmas out in a nice list, with a splodge of glitter for a lovely artistic twist. However my husband as a child would be a little more creative and use cuttings from children toys catalogue and stick them at the bottom of his letter, to ensure that Father Christmas would bring the right gifts. I thought that this would be a wonderful idea to do with our daughter, and she loves to be creative with the glitter. We made a trip to Argos and other toys shops to collect some catalogue and so we got snippy. So if you want to do this with your little one, you will need the following:

A1 size of white paper, 
Toy catalogue

So you start with a large piece of paper and begin writing your letter to Father Christmas. Our daughter is really getting into phonics, she is beginning to blend so well and over the last couple of weeks she has started to enjoy writing. So we sat down together and wrote a letter to Father Christmas and she did so well, I was a very proud Mummy. It was so great seeing her so eager and happy to put a pen to paper.

Remember when writing your letter to Father Christmas try and do the letter on the top half and use the bottom half for your picture snippets. We got a couple of pairs of child friendly scissors and got snippy and made our way through the toy catalogue. Once we did that we got some PVA glue, but a glue stick would probably work best and stuck all the picture snippets at the bottom of the letter. 

Lastly, the fun part! We got creative! My daughter loves glitter, but as a parent, glitter has become the bain of my life because it gets everywhere and you end up finding it days later. But nonetheless, it was a special occasion so we let her go a little wild with the glitter and also got a pack of Christmas stick on decorations to add onto our letter. So what do you think?

Once dry you get to pop your letter into an envelope and send to Father Christmas. As Christmas is coming The Royal Mail want every child to send their letter to Father Christmas by the Friday 7th of December to make sure that everyone gets a response in time. This will be the first year we have used Royal Mail, but I have so many friends and family who have used the service before and really recommend using it. So please send your letters to:

Father Christmas or Santa,
Santa's Grotto,

It's really important you write the address carefully on a stamped envelope. Please be sure that you include your full name and address in your letter. Please send your letters to Father Christmas by Friday 7 December so he has has time to reply.