Hello Thursday readers,
Twas the night before Chrsitmas, and all through the house,
Not a creature was stirring. Not even a mouse.
Except for the children who can’t wait for Santa to arrive. Do you remember that excitement of going to bed knowing that the house would be full of surprises the next morning? I do. This feeling of mystery and magic fades as we age, and doesn’t seem to come around all that often anymore. I think this is as good a reason as any to do a few things to make Christmas extra magical for those little ones running around the house.
I will choose a selection of small DIY things that can make Christmas morning even more special for the children in your life. Making something magical for someone else can help bring back the feeling of awe and amazement that we had when we were young. This isn’t so much of a crafting DIY, but it is a collection of little ideas to help make the magic of the year memorable – which is especially important when you’re having a year like we are here where we haven’t yet had any snow.
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There’s a number of different websites that give you ideas. I’m going to take my favourites from all of them to show you, but I’ll also post the links to them so you can peruse the rest of them for yourself. The first is really simple and particularly good if you don’t have a chimney (but will also work from the chimney for effect). There’s 2 ways you can do this, either using positive or negative space. First, as recommended by this Huffington Post article, you can take some big clunking boots, and place them on the floor and then sprinkle around them with something white – like talcum powder, flour, icing sugar, and if you’re feeling really ambitious about cleaning the next day…. dare I say it…. glitter. Just pick whatever you think will be the easiest for you to clean up. It will look like Santa thumped the snow off his boots in the morning. You can use little circles of cut out paper if you’d like to make some reindeer tracks too. You can also do this in the reverse of cutting out a paper stencil and sprinkling within the stencil. The effect is a little different – more of snow being stuck to the bottom of the boot and then sticking to the floor, but just as easy and effective.
You can cut out your own or you can use Uncle Google to find a nice stencil for you to sprinkle over. My parent’s never did this but they did something that was close. When there was snow, they used to leave footprints leading up to the house from the outside, to show that Santa had come, and I used to love it.
Another really neat little activity is to have your kids plant and grow a candy cane. Again, this is
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really simple and you can do it overnight before going to bed, or if you’re feeling really ambitious, you can do it over a couple days and have the candy cane emerge slowly. Basically, you’ll need a pot with some earth (or a deep bowl filled with sugar) and a “seed” – either a white or red tic tac or a red and white swirled Christmas mint. All you need to do with your kids is plant the mint, and sprinkle with some “magic” dust (aka glitter, or if you’re using sugar, why don’t you use red sprinkles instead?), and in the morning, you can replace it with a full grown candy cane or two. That depends on how many they planted of course. It’s really a neat little activity that doesn’t take a lot of money or effort to create something magical. You can find another handful of ideas on this list for making the holidays magical.
These last two ideas come from this list from the Mirror. One easy idea that you can do with what you have in your pantry is reindeer dust. Of course this is magic dust that will attract reindeer wherever you put it so it is a must have for those homes that want to be visited first. All you need is oats and glitter. You could even use a drop of food colouring on the oats to make them red (or half a batch red and half a batch green). You and your little ones can sprinkle this around the garden or put it in a bowl outside the house for the reindeer to snack on.
This is so simple and can make so much fun for the young ones!
The last idea that really tickled my fancy was this:
Not every home has a chimney, and not everyone lives in a house. So this is a really nice little touch to keep the magic alive and to avoid the awkward questions of how Santa gets in the house…. is to have a special key. You can find these as ornaments or you could even visit an antique shop and buy an old key – you can use red and green nail polish to decorate it however you would like. If this isn’t really an option, you can actually make it into a project to make and decorate one out of cookie or cardboard, and then sprinkle it with magic dust of course!
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed these really easy ways to keep the holidays a little less about gifts and a little more about the experience and the magic that create those wonderful memories. For all those who celebrate, I wish you a Merry Christmas, and to those who don’t, I wish you a joyous holiday with those that you love.