I have to admit that Halloween has always been my favorite holiday – but as a parent, Christmas tops the chart in terms of a favorite family holiday. Despite my oldest being ten years old, in a world where kids are growing up faster and faster, all of my kids still earnestly believe in the big red guy. It may be, in part, because we pull out all the stops on Christmas magic.
We’ve traveled to Santa’s workshop more times than I can count, we’ve discovered footprints by the fireplace and hoof prints on our lawn. My middle son once set a trap that caught him a tiny crocheted elf boot. And of course, regular magical communication from Santa. Beginning after Halloween Santa is known to send letters by elf mail every now and then to say hello.
This year I’ve been pulling out all of the stops, because I know it will be the last year my oldest son believes. Even if he doesn’t figure it out, I know by middle school we will have to break things down for him. My husband decided to book a Santa experience for early September, where the boys would visit Santa in his workshop, enjoy some cookies and wind up with some great photographs to commemorate the last year all of our kids believed (seriously, can you tell that I’m not handling this well?).
Going to see Santa in September was a little unusual for us, so I decided last minute that the kids needed a good explanation for it. Even though we have Santa Letter Templates we use every year, I wanted to do something a little different this time to explain the urgency.
So a new template was born – an Urgent Message From The North Pole letterhead. I printed this out with a message that invited the boys to a special meeting at the North Pole to introduce Santa to their baby brother. I left it out for them one night, delivered by speedy elf mail, and let them find it in the morning.
There was a lot of excitement and important feeling about having a special invite to the North Pole, which only made the whole experience even better! I’m keeping this one in my Christmas arsenal, and plan to use it whenever Santa has an emergency message to share (I think this might come in handy when they forget to clean the playroom).
To use this letter, download the image file below, open it in Paint, Photoshop or Paint.Net (I use Paint.Net) and select the text tool. Add your text (I like to use a cursive or handwriting font for Santa’s handwriting), leaving some space on either side so that the text doesn’t get cut off in printing. Print your letter and let the magic happen!
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What are some of your tips for keeping the magic of Santa alive for older children? Drop me a comment to share!