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Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Writing Santa? Free Printables, Tips, Santa Crafts And Giveaways!

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One of our favourite Christmas movies is One Magic Christmas, the plot centres 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 letters to Santa, free printables, Crafts, and even a Giveaway.

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.
image Free Santa Hat Crochet Pattern - Fits infants to adults Red with white trim
 Free Santa Hat Crochet Pattern - Fits infants to adults

 Love this free Crochet pattern - Make one for everyone on your list! 
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 placemats, cards or ornaments.
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.
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!
Top Trending Santa Pattern - Knit Christmas Ornaments $4.25
This is the top trending Santa related patten on Craftsy right now. This pattern has directions for knitting all five adorable ornaments for your tree. 
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.
Knit Santa Mitts - Very Popular Pattern 3.12
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.
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.
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!

Santa Will Write Giveaway

Imagine how thrilled your little one or spouse will be to receive a unique personalized letter or postcard from Santa even if they've forgotten to write! Kawartha Lakes Mums was pleased  to have the opportunity to offer our readers this Santa Will Write Giveaway hosted by Michigan Savings The giveaway is open to Canada and USA and ends December 5, 2014.

Ready to Enter?
Good luck! Here is the Giveaway from Michigan Savings!
Santa Will Write Giveaway
What Santa Traditions does your family have?
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  1. Love all the links to crafts, patterns and print outs you have listed. Thank you for providing so much information and pictures in your blog posts.

  2. I really love all the patterns you have shared by giving us links to follow.They are all very sweet!

  3. I really like all the crafts and patterns you have given us to follow by links.They are so sweet.Thank you.

  4. I like the envelopes. They are really cute.

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