How to Keep Christmas Magical

by Super User
Keep the magic alive a bit longer Getting your kids to believe in Father Christmas/ Santa Claus can be hard, especially when they start school and start asking questions. Most children are already beside themselves at the thought of Santa Claus/Farther Christmas bringing all those presents on December 25. But what do you if one of your children is on the cusp of not believing in him anymore? How do you keep the magic alive so that you can all enjoy those precious moments for another year or two? Santa CCTV put their heads together and came up with this list to help keep your kids believing in Santa Cluis just a little longer:

1. Mince pies and sherry An oldie but a goodie. The simple act of leaving out a mince pie and sherry for Santa and a carrot for Rudolph is a great way for kids to see that you all think Father Christmas is real. All of the parents at Essex Live with young children said they did this. Just remember to eat the mince pie (and leave a few crumbs), take a bite of the carrot and drink the sherry (it's a hard job). Also make sure you hide any remnants deep down in the bin. One mum here hates mince pies so she buries it in the bin to make sure her kids don’t see it in on Christmas morning.

2. Use Santa Tracker If you don’t know about the Google Santa Tracker, then listen up. It’s a website and app which allows you to track Santa on his epic journey around the world - handy for explaining how he gets about so fast. You can see which countries he’s flying over and where’s he’s landed. The tracker launches on Christmas Eve but throughout December there are games and quizzes for your little ones to enjoy.

3. Snowy footprints A few people here make Easter Bunny footprints made from flour and water, but lots of parents create Santa footprints too. This is quicker and easier than the Bunny ones as you simply use flour or icing sugar and make thick footprints to make it look like he’s trodden the snow in from the North Pole.

4. Different wrapping paper Another simple but effective idea. If you kids are older than about two or three, they could easily spot if their presents from Father Christmas and their presents from mummy and daddy are wrapped in the same wrapping paper. To ward off awkward questions, use different gift wrap for each and then make sure you hide any leftover bits so it doesn’t give the game away.

5. Letter to Santa Most children write a letter to Santa each Christmas but not all of them get posted. The simplest (and cheapest) way to do it is to send it to the Royal Mail, who helpfully pass the letters onto the man himself. You just send your child’s letter (along with a stamped, addressed envelope) to: Father Christmas Santa’s Grotto Reindeerland XM4 5HQ It must be posted by December 8, 2017 to make sure your child gets a reply which is a lovely way to see their eyes light up.

6. Order a personalised video from Santa There are various websites which allow you to put in some of your child’s details and it will then create a personalised Christmas message from Santa. Some of them allow you to add in information like their hobbies, what they want for Christmas, what they’ve been good at this year and what a little thing they could work on (like having less tantrums or remembering to do their spellings). You can do this for adults as well as kids so it’s nice to your children to see your excitement as you get your own message too. 7. Ring bells One Essex Live dad carries a set of small bells (which is actually a baby toy) and occasionally rings them in his pocket or in the next room the closer it gets to Christmas. His children then think that Santa is flying over their house, either on a ‘test run’ or he’s on his way it it’s Christmas Eve.

8. Reindeer food Sprinkling ‘reindeer food’ on your garden lawn is a lovely tradition which lots of parents do. It’s fun to creep out into the front or back garden when it’s starting to get chilly and dark and scattering reindeer food onto the grass. Children love to think that they are helping Rudolph and friends. you can buy reindeer food at

9. Get excited Kids often feed off their parents, so if you are enthusiastic, the chances are they will be too. If they see you getting excited about Christmas and talking about Santa, then they’ll have less reason to doubt his existence. 10. Elf on the Shelf This has become such a huge phenomenon in the UK over the last couple of years. The American trend sees parents hide a soft Christmas elf around the house every night throughout December for their children to find each morning. The elf is usually cheeky and can be found causing havoc in the kitchen, helping himself to festive food or dressing up in funny outfits. We have lots of great Elf on the Shelf ideas here

11. ‘Accidentally’ catch Santa on video or on camera This is amazing as long as you don’t have kids who might throw a hissy fit at the idea of seeing Santa in their house. There are two ways of doing this. Go to a website like Capture The Magic where you can upload a photo of your living room with the tree and all the presents in it, and then download a special ‘Santa sticker’ which you can overlay over your pic to make it look like you’ve caught Father Christmas in action. You can just move the sticker around using a very easy editing box. There’s a charge of course. If you don’t fancy paying for it, you can simply get your husband or brother etc to dress up as Santa and you stand in one corner of the room filming them taking some presents out of a sack and placing them under the tree. Or you can just take a photo. You can then pretend that you left your camera on accidentally or on purpose and you’ve managed to capture an image of the big moment.

12. Be careful around your kids After all your careful planning and build-up, there’s nothing worse than spoiling it all with a slip of the tongue or because you’re rushing around. One Essex Live mum was caught by her daughter carrying the presents upstairs late on Christmas Eve. When challenged, the quick-thinking mum said that Santa had delivered the presents downstairs so she was carrying them upstairs so that her and her sibling saw them first thing in the morning. Phew! How to answer those awkward questions about Santa not being real: As children get older, the questions start coming as they begin to realise that it might not all add up. Here are five of the most common questions and how to respond to them:

1. "My friend at school says Santa Claus isn’t real!" When you get this inevitable question you can say that people believe different things and that it’s a bit of a shame that their friend doesn’t believe in him. You can also add that Santa only delivers presents to those children that believe in him!

2. "How does Santa get down the chimney? How does he get into the house as we haven’t got a chimney?" It might seem a cop-out but this is one of those questions where ‘it’s all done by magic’ comes in quite handy. If you don’t have a chimney then it could seem tricky, but there are ways around it. You can either use the magic line, some parents say he ‘teleports’ in and others buy a fake ‘Santa key’ which only Santa can operate. This is ornamental of course, not a real key.

3. "How does Santa get around the world in 24 hours?" There’s nothing for this other than the ‘special Christmas magic’ explanation, again. Although one Essex Live child was delighted when they realised that Santa had an extra half a day because of the international times differences, and that seemed to suffice as a perfectly reasonable explanation.

4. "Why is there more than one Father Christmas in Chelmsford?" Lots of parents go for the ‘Father Christmas is so busy in December that he has to get some of his special helpers to assist him in the run-up to Christmas’.

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