As a parent, the festive season can indeed be a lot of fun, coming up with new and creative ideas to delight your children at Christmas. It is also fun to try and create the magic of Christmas for as long as possible, right down to the small details, such as gift tags on presents from Santa himself.
Inspired by an image I saw on Facebook recently, I decided to have a bit of a play around with making my own Santa tag for presents and I am pretty happy with the end result. A cute way to excite them Christmas morning when the kids go to open their presents and see the tag straight from the North Pole and Santa himself.
It made me think back to my own childhood. My parents were very good at keeping the magic going for as long as possible. They didn’t do anything overly unique or special, but they managed to never slip up the true identity of Santa either. We did the cookies and milk on the table each year and each Christmas morning they nothing but crumbs and an empty glass on the table. They somehow managed to sneak out after I was in bed and load up the lounge room with gifts. Like a ridiculous amount of gifts. One day I should ask mum where on earth she stored all those things. Our lounge room was covered in big wrapped boxes of all shapes and sizes and our stockings were bulging.
That’s not even to mention the year they built a trampoline and swing set in the backyard over night. I was so amazed by Santa and his effort of getting those in the backyard. How on earth did they fit on the sleigh?
The funny thing was I was the only kid in the house by then. My brother still lived at home but was in his teens or early 20s before he moved out. My sister and her husband would come over for the day and Christmas was a blast spent with the most amazing feast and swimming in the pool all day long.
Now try not to laugh too hard but I would have been at least 11 by the time I found out Santa was my parents…
Yep, pretty embarrassing I suppose but kudos to the folks for the job well done. It was in a conversation with a school friend when the tragic news broke. She made a comment about the big jolly man not being real and I had to fake my horror and disappointment with a forced ‘I know’. Awwwww….
But we still played along a bit after that. I still wonder if my brother half believed in his late teens. He was usually up snooping around the presents before I was.
Now with a child of our own who is still a little young to understand the Santa side of Christmas, we are still starting to build that magic. Next year we expect she will have a much better idea, but for now, early steps to a fun filled festive childhood.
So a simple Santa gift tag, straight from North Pole is a bit of fun to start with and if you want, you are welcome to download the tag for your own personal use too.
Also make sure you don’t miss out on my Christmas planner printables… free for a limited time only to help you get yourself organised this festive season.
Do you have any special traditions to keep the Christmas magic alive for your kids? Or funny stories about being a late bloomer like me?