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December 4, 2012

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Christmas Traditions # 4 ~ Letter to Santa & from Santa

One of my fondest memories of working at Toys R Us was Christmas time. I loved watching the kids come into the store to make their Christmas lists. I loved watching parents come in at 10 or 11 at night (we were opened until 12) to get the shopping done while they were asleep. I didn’t love when a shopping cart would pull up and the Mother would expect me to somehow scan and bag half the stuff without their child seeing (that’s a story for another day).

When I went to Alaska to visit Rob while on deployment, we visited the “North Pole” and they had this adorable program where you could send someone a letter from Santa or the deed to a little piece of The North Pole. I sent a letter to my two favorite Guilford kids and purchased the deed for my Dad!

There are tons of different ways to do this and I finally decided on this one, after quit a bit of research. I write a letter to P from Santa. I put it in a sealed envelope addressed to P with a postmark of Santa, North Pole. I then put that in a larger envelope and send it off to:

North Pole Postmark
Postmaster
4141 Postmark Dr
Anchorage, AK 99530-9998

I used Anke Print font for the letter and mailing labels. I tired changing my own hand writing but it all looks the same. This is what I think Santa’s handwriting would look like! 

We found this adorable mailbox at Michael’s that I decided to get because it was so cute. It wasn’t till I got home that I realized it would go perfect next to the table set up with Santa’s plate and cup. Even more, I was thinking that we would have P put his letter in that mailbox and that is where the one from Santa would magically appear.

While out shopping on Black Friday, I found some really cute red and white bordered paper that I plan to use to write the letters to P from Santa. I was in the store holding the package and wanted to make sure that there were enough pieces that I wouldn’t have to search for more later down the road (keeping in mind a few mistakes each year). When I saw that there were 50 pages, I chuckled to myself and said, “yeah, I guess he won’t still be getting these when he is 50 years old!”.

We now have this adorable little corner in the living room with our Advent box, mailbox and the plate, bowl and cup for Santa!

If you can’t tell already, I really do love the Christmas Season! I get so excited writing these posts and can’t wait to show you more! Check back tomorrow where I will be talking about decorating our house!
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Christmas Traditions #3 ~ Christmas Cards

 

I know I said yesterday that today I would be sharing our tradition about letters to and from Santa. Rob decided to surprise me to a day of pampering and I spent the day getting a manicure, pedicure and a completely new hair color and style. It’s now 9:30 at night and I am too tired to go downstairs and take pictures of some really cute things I found to facilitate our letters. So, I decided to bump up the post about our Christmas cards!

Ever since my first Christmas, back in 1983, my Mom and Dad have put together a creative and personal Christmas card to send to friends and family. There was always a theme to the picture and a little story on what each of us had been up to that year. Most years we incorporated my Dad dressed as Santa. As Sarah and I got older, Mom and Dad had to get a little more creative.

I searched my files and all I could find was a picture taken from 2005 and 2006.

The Christmas card in 2005 involved a separate picture of Sarah and I on separate coasts (since I was living in LA at the time). My picture showcased the beautiful weather we had in November while my Sissy was all bundled up because it was snowing!

   
In 2006, my Mom hosted a weekend long cookie baking party. We ended up with tons of sweets and got a little carried away with the flour!

Last year, we used our Christmas card to announce to family that we were expecting. I created a front and back image and then used them to create postcards from Vistaprint. It was the perfect way to share our news and I had so much fun making it.

2011 Christmas Card

I was so excited for Parker to ear the same Santa’s Littlest Helper hat that I wore for my very first Christmas card picture. We decided to do something simple and ended up stringing some lights on the wall behind our bed and spreading some red ornament walls out on our white comforter. It ended up being the perfect backdrop and this is what we came up with! You can check out our final Christmas Card here.

Christmas Card copy

Here are some of my favorite shots from the photo shoot.

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I hope you enjoyed reading! Check back tomorrow when I WILL be talking about letters to and from Santa! In the meantime, check out some of the link-ups I am participating in for other awesome Christmas traditions, food and decorating! 

* Update: December 2, 2014 – It was brought to my attention that using Christmas lights around children is extremely dangerous. When we did this photo shoot Parker had the lights for maybe 5 minutes, never put them in his mouth, and we gave him a bath afterwards. At the time I didn’t even think to look into the dangers of using them. Now that I have, I wouldn’t recommend it.