Your little ones have four days left to post their letters to Santa if they want a reply before Christmas Eve. We have been using the free service from Royal Mail since Crevette was a couple of years old and our children love receiving a letter addressed to them.
All they have to do is write their letter, mentioning their full name and address. They need to send it to Father Christmas in a stamped envelope, before the 6th of December.
Even though my children start talking about what they would like for Christmas earlier and earlier each year, I do not listen before Advent. Before that, all we do is gather catalogues for them to look at on the 1st of December.
I love the excitement that comes with looking through the catalogues with them; it reminds me of my own anticipation as a child. My little ones tend to cut pictures of everything they like to start with, but I then encourage them to narrow it down to four or five present ideas to stick at the bottom of their letter.
It means they have to be sensible in their choices and really think about what they want to receive. We love our children dearly, but we refuse to spoil them as Hubby and I both agree that our focus should be on their needs (a loving family, quality time with each other, food…). They have toys to play with, but not so much that they do not appreciate what they have.
Sorry about the austerity monologue in this time when people become rabid around the shops, pushing and shoving, getting an urge to buy toiletry gift sets or the latest cookbook. I would much prefer to see toys being played with rather than a huge pile of discarded presents, thrown to the side and not looked at twice.
This year, it looks like our little man would like some Lego, Moshi Monster things, a dog robot and a play coffee machine. Jumpy and Wriggly are still too young for all that. As for Beanie, she was not too fussed about it all this year, but she stuck a few things down anyway: a Furby, a doctor’s kit, a Frozen wand and accessories for her doll’s house.