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When I awoke this morning I had a text from a friend asking me just that question … have you seen any good Advent Calendar’s this year, I need to get one?
And neither us were talking about the chocolate advent calendars from the supermarkets, we are talking about the fun activity based ones where each day is found one pocket of mystery at a time. Obviously chocolate can be a part of that too if you wish 🙂
So I’ve put together the below listing for anyone who might also have the same question.
Advent Calendars kick into gear in 15 sleeps (1st of December) by my calculations, and with all the other goings on life that isn’t much time to get it all sorted, esp if you are planning to add some creativity to it.
Bigoudiandbigouda – 25 gorgeous black and gold countdown pockets – personalised with your name / family name. $40 for the set. So pretty and so versatile. The ladder as in the photo looks stunning and/or perhaps an Elf (assuming Santa has sent you one) could also deliver one each day? Even hanging them on the tree would be magic. So many options and ideas to work with.
KeepsNZ have these fantastic pockets that come complete with a set of 31 activity cards (giving you room to choose the most suitable activities for your family) – the thing I love about this is that it’s all ready to GO. Display options as per above – and many more marvellous ways too. I think I would add some chocolate and a few other trinkets too, but it feels like a pretty perfect solution for $39.
As much as I love a white themed Christmas, there is just something about Santa that really does get me excited too. Potter Barn Aus have a tall Santa advent calendar … and he’s on sale for $34. Santa is also standing tall at Ezibuy Home – now on sale for $24
Finally I just had to share the last two stunning canvas’s created by Hideandseektextiles in the UK and Kyddo shop. Sadly both sold out of this year now, but as a Christmas keepsake’s well worth putting on the ordering list for next year – in July 🙂
Do you have a dog in your family … or perhaps you know someone with a fur baby. I think these dog advent calendars are pretty amazing. I’ve sent one to my brother for his fur baby!
*I brought an advent calendar from Fluff & Bubbles plus their “set of x24 different tea bags” and sent to an elderly friend last year … I really thought these were pretty sweet. They have some gorgeous, affordable calendars you can add your own things too. Perhaps there monotone print out is a good idea – so pretty and pretty easy to do (a “work” printer would print the monotone out very well …)
We have a wonderful range of NEW letters from Santa this year and we are so excited to be sharing them with you! They will be personalised and created in the same loving and careful way as always, but they have a touch of something different, special and magical that we love – including a beautiful red envelope!
The new range of letters from Santa feature bespoke water colour artwork by Mrs Claus herself! Mrs Claus is also known as the clever Clare Grove. Writer and illustrator of the gorgeous “My Mummy” books, Stylist, Influencer and Mummy of three beautiful children. We are tickled pink to have had her magic touch on this collection.
Clare has created three gorgeous water colour images that are the hero’s on our new designs. The collection comprises of a “Jolly Santa” an “Easing Elf” and a “Nosy Reindeer”. Beautifully created and put together – such a clever talent. The header of the letter is a more traditional “from the Desk of Santa” mark nodding to authenticity and Santa authority. Which one needs reminding of at the precious time – we believe 😉
The new letters from Santa are printed on a high quality paper stock, with an old school texture and touch – reminiscent of the North Pole of old. Letters from this collection are sent in a beautiful heavy red envelope postmarked from the North Pole, and stamped on the front like a traditional letter! They will also feature the “Official mail from the North Pole” mark on the back of the envelope (just like last years letters)
All letters from Santa are hand signed by Santa in red pen and proofed checked by Mrs Claus before sending – of course! These designs combined with our wonderful new words for this years letters are going to create quite some magic.
Remember this line from a couple of years ago …
“It’s a busy time here – but also the best time! Everyone’s been working so hard that last night we decided to let our hair down and have a disco. You and Anna and Fleur would have loved it. We called it The Pole Dance. Let me tell you, those elves can really move”
Or this one …
“I’ve been working on my sleigh. Mrs Claus tells me it’s important to look after myself, so this year I’m adding a new seat warmer. That will keep my bottom toasty and warm while I fly around the world visiting all the wonderful little children like you and Bonnie & Freddie“
Or one of my favourites …
“I bet you’ve also been spending lots of time playing with Rose and Olive – they are such special friends. Someone asked me the other day what the best present in the whole world was. And do you know what I said? Getting to spend lots of time with my family and my friends. That, and chocolate. I do love chocolate”
We’ve got more lovely moments like those in the letters this year, so exciting!
Choose from two delivery dates this year:
Last order dates:
* “Reindeer Post, Elfing Around and Hug from Santa” designs remain the same as previous years and continue to be available as per normal
Letters can be ordered here
It’s nearly the end of November and we think it’s best that Santa and his helpers take a moment to prep your mind for the start of the questions that are going to be coming your way SOON.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/santa-visited-me/id784700426?mt=8 – show him visiting in your home with this simple little video
One of our personalised, letter’s from Santa full of details only he could know – posted to your child
This wonderful site on Instagram – santaclaus._ photos you can share with your children!
How does he deliver all the presents to everyone in ONE night?
Well luckily he is magic, because it is a big job. He prepares all year for this. Optional extra: look at one of these two great sites to track Santa (and to helpful you explain best!). https://santatracker.google.com OR http://www.noradsanta.org
How do the reindeer fly?
They are magical reindeer … of course (I have no idea how they fly!). Santa trains them all year to be in their best and fastest form for Christmas Eve.
How do you know which is the real Santa when you see so many in the shopping malls and shops?
Santa has a team of helpers who help him when he gets really busy, of course. Sometimes it will be the real Santa, and sometimes it will be one of his helpers
We don’t have a chimney so how will he get in to our house?
Don’t worry he has worked out how to get into most houses, it’s his job to deliver all the presents. He can use his magic! Optional extra: perhaps we could leave a key out of him?
For every other question you can usually try one of these approaches:
… reverse the question, and get them to give you their answer first
“what do YOU think darling?”
OR … “it’s magic darling”
“you have to believe to receive”
And if all else fails … CHANGE OF TOPIC / SNEEZE / PHONE RINGS / SEE SOMETHING OUT THE WINDOW!
There is some good advice here on Wikipedia on how to deal with the “is he real?” question – and it is worth reading before you get asked it, so you are prepared with how you want to respond. It’s a tricky one to navigate! Our advice would be to discuss this with your partner, and your wider family so you can explain with consistency, together.
We would love to hear any stories you have of your own Q&A sessions! Please do share. Read more here :https://www.mouthsofmums.com.au/getting-yourself-santa-ready/
Santa’s letters are not written by Santa himself, as much as we would love him too, the job he has ahead of him makes him busy enough ( imagine the stress of delivering every child’s treasured present in exactly the right colour, box, shape and model in ONE night – from the North Pole!). So instead we work with special people who have a connection and empathy with Santa. And he’s OK-ed that and happily signs each letter at the end!
This year our clever write, based in New Zealand, is one of those writers that you just love reading pro’s from. She has this ability to always make you feel warm and smiley with what ever you are reading. She’s a professional writer too, so she crafted and crafted this years letters and we are so pleased with them. Last year she wrote the Babies First Christmas letter when she had a small baby – it’s the most delicious letter! Makes me want to have another baby just to be able to order it and keep in my memory box! (well nearly).
We take this job pretty seriously, so the people we choose to do this work, have to be the right fit, the right calibre and have the integrity and love for Santa that we do. And of course they have to be believers too.
I have been sending ‘letters from Santa‘ since my eldest grandchild was born in 2009. I now have 6 grandchildren. They all love getting their letters. There is nothing better than that phone call from each of them telling me they have a letter from Santa with so much excitement in their little voices. The letters are very popular with their parents too as they prove to the children that Santa is watching and they better be on their best behaviour!!
Christine, Nov 2016
“I love the Love From Santa letters because of the fantastic wording they use – it’s all about making my children feel special ”
Fran, Nov 2106