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25/11/2010 at 23:44
26/11/2010 at 12:55
All my children say the believe in Father Christmas.We don't call him Santa,sort of lost its magic when my eldest noticed it's an anagram of Satan.
The moment I think someone is raising a doubt I remind them that those who say Father Christmas isn't real don't get many presents,Grandma only gets a few presents.Same goes for those of their friends who say he might not be real,their Mums and Dads have to buy them.My 8 year old did think you can ask for what you like for Christmas because it doesn't cost your Mum and Dad,they don't have to buy it,so we had to tell her no you don't just get everything you ask for,there's only so much room on the sleigh and we have to be fair to all the children in the world,and the elves only have so much time.
We read lots of stories about him,we watch Santa Claus The Movie,The Santa Claus,all those that have "explanations" for how come he can do that,how come he can be everywhere in one night.How does he get in when you have no chimney?My husband does a phone call to the children,they still haven't twigged who it is,and the look on their faces when he knows stuff about them because he's been watching them all year is a picture.We do letters to Santa,there's a freebie address,and the children get a reply back that's a little card with activities on.One year we found a downloadable letter that's personalised to your child.We also leave a carrot and a couple of Christmas cookies on a plate,and a bowl of water outside the back door.The water has always been drunk overnight,the carrot has been eaten but for a stubby little bit that has teeth marks in,and cookie crumbs left on the plate.Father Christmas always gets a drink of milk too,and he leaves a note to say thankyou for that before he leaves.Of course you have to "believe in him" yourself,but a little magic is good for us all.
We believe in magic in our house as far as possible,fairies,Father Christmas.Those that don't keep it to themselves.My 11 and 10 year old know what all the parcels in my bedroom are for but are not prepared to say out loud ,and it certainly keeps it special.
26/11/2010 at 13:05
26/11/2010 at 20:46
my two are only now 3+2 so we are now getting into the whole santa thing!
Jack knows who he is and is very excited by him despite his minimal knowledge on the big fella. we have always laid out mince pie and carrots and wrote a letter, and this year we will sprinkle reindeer food to help them find there way (its a mixture of oats and sparkly cake decorations) we read the night before christmas, hang stockings and this year daddy plans to play sleigh bells outside at bed time.
can you tell im excited!!!
weve also just booked tea (they also offer breakfast) with santa, at our local garden centre, its £7.99 per child and they have a meal of there choice sat with santa, decorate your own gingerbread man, colouring and activity table and then visit the big man and get a present!
28/11/2010 at 16:43
28/11/2010 at 19:05
We have a lot of older children in our family and they really struggle when our LO goes on about Santa as they don't believe and it can slp out so easily!! but thankfully they are really good and try really hard and mummy just loves christmas so my enthusiasm rubs off!!!!!!!!
we used to do the reindeer food but the year before last we had little rodent visitors so we just put out reindeer dust to guide the reindeers to the house, just replace the oats and sparkly food decorations with sawdust and glitter and it won't encourage animal activity if you are in a rural area!!
05/12/2010 at 22:35
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