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Monday, 21 November 2016

Kawartha Lakes Mums Asks Do You Write Santa?

Kawartha Lakes Families Does Your Child Write Santa? 

Our top post this past week has been Do You Write Santa. A post we published way back in 2014. There have been some changes over the past two years, so we are republishing an updated version of this post here.
In the movie One Magic Christmas, the plot centers around the importance of believing in the magic of Christmas, and in particular, those all important letters to Santa.  
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This post contains tips for writing letters to Santa, free Santa printables, Santa  Crafts, and we are hoping to find a giveaway to add to this post.

Write Santa - Santa Will Write Back!

Write to Santa - Santa Will Write Back icon Each year children across Canada write to Santa and Canada Post delivers the letters to the North Pole where Santa and his elves send back a reply in more than 30 languages including Braille! Children, parents and teachers will be pleased to know the write to Santa program is on track again for this year - and Canada post is even offering free printables on their website!
How can you make sure Santa replies?
Here are some tips from Canada Post.

3 Tips to Ensure Santa Writes Back

There are 3 golden rules when sending a letter to Santa:
  1. Make sure to include your full return address. 
  2. While wish lists are good (especially for the workshop elves), Santa really loves to read about your child's favourite sports, jokes, school activities or family fun (even if Mom and Dad help with the writing). And, of course, he loves to get pictures and drawings from even his youngest pen pals! 
  3. Send your letter soon. Letters must be mailed by December 8th by schools and December 16 from homes to receive a reply (it's a long way to the North Pole and back!). 
Santa's address?
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The Canada Post website has tips for teachers and even two free printable Letter to Santa Templates - one for younger writers, and one for older children. We found it a bit tricky to find the information on the Canada Post Website. Go to Visit the Canada Post Website  so we created a direct link. Go to Write to Santa - Santa Will Write Back icon and scroll down to the bottom of the page.
Canada Post

Santa Traditions

Does your family have any Santa Traditions? Do you leave out cookies, and sprinkle magic reindeer food?
Santa always packed our socks the same way each year - orange in the toe, nuts in the shell, a huge apple, candies, a small present or two and a new tooth brush. Dad always got crazy things in his sock -curlers,  a sock with a hole in the toe, a lump of coal. 
Here are a few Santa crafts your family might enjoy.

Santa Hat Crochet Pattern - Free!

This free Santa hat crochet pattern comes in sizes for everyone in the family infants and up! Decorative and useful! Make one for everyone . Down load the free pattern at Free Santa Hat Crochet Pattern - Fits infants to adults
Free Santa Hat Crochet Pattern - Fits infants to adults

 Santa Freebie - Free Vintage Christmas Images! 

Print these and use them on gifts and decorations. 
Free printable 100 Free Vintage images from  Karen the Graphics Fairy
Karen has a HUGE collection of Vintage Christmas images on her site, that you can mix and match to create fun place-mats, cards or ornaments.

Santa Crafting - Free Frazzled Santa Pattern

Freebie - Free Frazzled Santa Doll Pattern
This free Frazzled Santa Folk Art Doll pattern is just adorable!  Personally I like this much better than the elf on the shelf. Perhaps your family could start a tradition of helping a frazzled person each day and incorporate this frazzled Santa Doll into it.

Santa Freebie - Free Fun Printable Envelopes

Freebie- Printable Holiday Envelopes by This Heart of Mine
Love these free printable envelopes by This Heart of Mine, for sending invitations, cards or thank you notes. So clever!

Santa Knitting Pattern

Top Trending Santa Pattern - Knit Christmas Ornaments 
This is the top trending Santa related pattern on Craftsy right now. This pattern has directions for knitting all five adorable ornaments for your tree.

Santa Freebie- Free Printable Santa Countdown Calendar

Free Printable Santa Count down Calendar - Sarah at Tomfo
Sarah at Tomfo has a great DIY for this Santa count down calendar which can be printed in colour or black and white.

Santa Gift Crafting - Knit Santa Mitts

Knit Santa Mitts - Very Popular Pattern 
The creator of this knit Santa mitts pattern, says they sell like hotcakes at her church bazaar. Knit n 2 needles. Can you knit, purl increase & decrease? The pattern fits age 2-4 years.

Santa Crafting Freebie= Free Stocking Sewing Pattern

Freebie- Free Christmas Stocking Pattern
This free Christmas Stocking Pattern is easy peasy to stitch up, and features a folded cuff. The finished stockings measure 17.5 inches from the top of the folded cuff to the toe. Download this easy free Christmas Stocking pattern and start stitching today!

Santa Crafting Freebie- Sugar Cookies Free Sewing Pattern

Freebie- Free Sugar Cookies Pattern
Whip up some guilt free cookies for Santa with this free sugar cookie sewing pattern. This could be used year after year. What fun for a tea party too! Download this easy free Sugar Cookie pattern and start stitching today!

What Santa Traditions does your family have?
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