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A couple weeks ago I wrote about the many holiday traditions our family has to celebrate the Christmas season. It’s hard to believe we could possibly squeeze in one. more. thing but here I am obsessed about this newest tradition- Letters to Santa.
We’ve never really made our Christmas wish lists a big deal. I feel a little guilty in saying that I don’t think I’ve ever sat down with the kids to actually write a letter to Santa. I thought that’s what visiting Santa was supposed to be about? Telling him what they wanted and getting a candy cane?! I’m going to chalk all this up to the fact that my kids are only just now old enough to really even write a letter- that makes me feel a little better. But this year, our friends at The Elf on the Shelf sent us a few of their new Letters to Santa kits along with a TON of other goodies to host a letter writing party. So we obviously went all out-
The Scout Elf Party Pack was perfect to use for this party. Each child got their own Elf themed cup, straw, napkin, plate and hat…plus there were a few extra decorations and some special things for our Elf in the kit. I also put out the kids’ “Official Santa’s Special Paper” and markers to work on their letters.
Our Scout Elf, Buddy, made sure he was positioned to join in on the fun. And he even brought a party sash, gift box and message for the kids!
When our friends arrived we read the “Letters to Santa” book. It’s a cute story about how, in the past, the Scout Elves have tried to help Santa by bringing kids’ letters to the North Pole when they flew back for the night. But the letters were always too big and the Elves got in all kinds of tricky situations with them (the kids thought this was hilarious). So Santa and Mrs. Claus found a new and improved way for the Elves to help- the Letters to Santa kit.
The kids got right to work on their letters after we read the book. They each took their time writing down a list of their “wants” but also (with the help of the adults ha!) made sure to tell Santa “thank you” and to have a “Merry Christmas”.
My son can’t really do his own list so he decided to draw a picture of our Elf, Buddy. Then I helped him write a few things down for Santa.
The kids brought me their finished lists and I prepped them for baking. It was super easy to get them ready and in the oven (this video was very helpful!)
While Mrs. Claus Magic Press worked it’s magic in the oven, the kids enjoyed a game of pin the tail on the reindeer (also included in the Scout Elf Party kit). Some of them cheated…and right in front of Buddy! But I think he was secretly amused. ;o)
The letters only took a few minutes in the oven and cooled quickly. By the time the kids were done with the game they were ready to tie their red sashes to the lists and call them done! The kits come with extra paper in case your child messes up…which obviously happened in my daughter’s case. But she didn’t want to fix it and I was OK with that- it’s her special creation!
We left our letters next to Buddy that night. He must have found the sashes easy to use because the next morning we found him on our tree with the letters hanging as ornaments! The kids thought that was pretty cool and I love that this little letters became a small keepsake for us to enjoy. I can’t wait to watch how their lists and handwriting changes through the years, thankfully the kits come with enough paper to enjoy for several years to come (and refills are available online).
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