I hadn’t thought of writing a letter to Father Christmas with the kids before, which is silly really, as I remember writing them when I was little. But last week the lovely Jen shared a gorgeous printable template letter to Santa which looked simple enough for the geekdaughter to cope with, and I thought she was probably old enough for us to give it a go. I must confess there was a slightly selfish reason to get the kids to do this as well – I am completely stumped as to what to get the geekdaughter for Christmas and I was hoping she’d give me some help!
The geekdaughter got the idea straight away, and sat down thoughtfully, pen in hand. The geekson knew immediately what he wanted to add to his list, although he can’t write yet so I wrote the letter for him. Here’s what they each came up with:
The geekdaughter decided she had been “quite good” this year, and I did wonder if I should argue her down as with all the sleep troubles over the summer I thought I could make a good case for “a little bit naughty”. But it’s the season of goodwill so I let it stand. For those who can’t read her (phonetically plausible) writing, here’s what she’s asked for:
If your elves are not too busy I would also like: Some playdoh and a craft set and a statue of my best friend from school.
The playdoh and the craft set are no problem. It gives me a good excuse to go and wander around our local Hobbycraft store at some point soon, which is never a bad thing 🙂 The Barbie house is probably my own fault – she really had no idea what to ask for as her main present, and as she’s discovered Barbie dolls recently and seems to enjoy playing with them I suggested she might like something for her Barbies like a horse or a wardrobe. She seems to have extrapolated up from that! I’m going to need to do some research into Barbie houses – a quick glance on Amazon reveals that I seem to be able to spend anything from £25 to £200 – the former sounds a lot more appealing, but I need to make sure it’s not going to fall apart on Boxing Day!
As for the statue of her best friend from school – I have NO IDEA where that came from, and I think Father Christmas might struggle with that one!
Now onto her little brother…
The geekson also decided he’d been “quite good” this year – I think he was copying his sister! He was much more decisive about his list, and dictated it all to me very quickly:
If your elves are not too busy I would also like: A shiny car, crane road and rail set, a fire engine and a police truck.
The shiny train is because he saw another little boy last week with a shiny metallic Thomas the Tank Engine train. These seem quite hard to come by, but eBay came up trumps and I managed to snag a Thomas and a Rosie last night. I also managed to grab a special metallic Cars 2 diecast model from eBay today, so I’m hoping that’s the next one off the list too. The next item is the Bigjigs road and rail multi-level crane set which the geekson saw in a toy catalogue a couple of months ago and fell instantly in love with. I was rather delighted to find that Play Merrily Toys, run by my friend Merry, were cheaper than Amazon and other major online retailers, meaning I could buy happily from a friend, support an independent toy store AND save money! That just leaves me the fire engine and police truck to sort out, and I’m considering trying to get him a model Red and Sheriff from Cars for that.
All in all I think, provided the kids are good until Christmas, they should be quite happy with the contents of their stockings on Christmas morning.
After the letters were written I did a little bit of research and discovered that the Royal Mail have an official address for Father Christmas, and if you include your child’s name and address with their letter they will do their best to send a reply. They advise you to get your letter to them by December 6th, so there’s still time if your children haven’t written their letters yet.
So that’s Father Christmas sorted, I just need to work out what the geekdaddy and I are going to give them!