A huge thank you to everyone that entered our terrarium craft giveaway last week! I truly enjoyed sharing craft ideas with you and I’m so grateful for your support!
I SO wish I could give our giveaway prize to everyone. But since I’m unable to, I wanted to create something so no one would walk away empty handed!
And since It’s that time of year again. It’s time to start making our list so Santa can check it twice. Santa letter time! I’ve created a free printable Dear Santa letter for everyone and I’m sharing our Santa letter tradition below.
Our Santa Letter Tradition
Over the last couple of years, my kids and I have been building a fun tradition around writing letters to Santa. It’s something we all look forward to each year.
The weekend after Thanksgiving, we head out window shopping at our favorite store: Target. We each grab a cup of hot coco, and wander the aisles. The kids point out things they would like to add to their Christmas list, while I make a mental note of it all.
We’ve all been there. Our 4-year-old is doing the best they can to try to explain the one toy they want for a birthday or Christmas, and as moms we’re left scratching our heads trying to decipher what they are talking about.
Walking the aisles together takes all the guess work out of it, and helps to build a Christmas list that Santa and his elves can understand.
To be 100% honest, the genesis of this tradition began as a way for me to browse through Target around the holidays with a 4-year-old girl and an 18-month old boy without any complaining. With a CPA husband that works A LOT and two young children who aren’t yet in school, a calm and uneventful trip to Target window shopping can be a welcome and much needed escape.
After a morning of window shopping and mental note taking. We head home and get started on the letters to Santa.
I prepare the kids’ letter templates (see below) and spread out fun pens, stickers, scissors and glue sticks across the table. I pull out all of the toy catalogs we’ve received, and the kids get going on their letters to Santa.
Jack (4) is still working on his writing, so he uses the catalogs to cut out pictures for his list.
Madison (8), practicing her cursive, uses the catalogs for reference only, and neatly writes out everything on her list.
I always make it very clear to my kids that these are just wish lists for Santa, and not a shopping list; it’s more of a list to give Santa (and family) an idea of things they are currently into.
In years past, we’d mail the letters to the North Pole. Since the North Pole sent us an elf for our shelf (she showed up last year), we leave the letters out for our “courier” elf Holly to take them to the North Pole for us.
Printable ‘Dear Santa’ Letter
Whether you’d like to partake in our Santa letter writing tradition, or are just looking for a cute template for your kids to use for their letters to Santa. I’ve got you covered. I’ve created a ‘Dear Santa’ printable letter template you can download. Click here for your free printable!
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Now, for our terrarium craft winner! All subscribers were entered into Randomresults.com in the order that they signed up and the winner is Glamburger and her favorite Christmas movie is Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer! Congrats Glamburger!