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December letter year 2

Merry Christmas

This year I am sending MY Christmas wish list to all the boys and girls on my “extra good” list. Not all the children who write to me are on that list. The “extra good” list is for the children who always do their home work on time and who help at home by doing their chores or by just helping around the house.

This year I would be so happy if instead of asking for three, four, five or more presents you asked for just one less. Then the next time you go shopping with your mom or dad and you see one of those trees with pieces of paper on them you’ll stop and really look at it. Those trees are often called Angel Trees because people who take a name off the tree and buy a gift for a child are real angels. All those papers are children who don’t even have a piece of paper to write me a letter.

If they don’t write  to me I can’t deliver presents to them. If you could find a boy or a girl the same age as you and with your parents help give them one of the gifts you would have asked for, that would make my Christmas very, very merry!

Thank you so much

Santa Claus

P. S. Every year my elves do try to get as many pieces of paper off those trees as they can. But, they are so busy making toys and finding everything that the good children ask for in their letters. They can only help a few of the children. We really hope that you can help us by helping one child.

If you do plan on buying a gift for a girl or boy off an Angel tree please let me know when you write to me. I really love to hear when one of my “extra good” kids does an “extra good” deed.

Thanks again, Santa Claus

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Holiday letters for kids

Starting next week I will be posting one letter each month that I wrote for my little great nephew. I actually started writing these six years ago.

There will be a letter a month from a different “holiday keeper”. These started when he was in first grade and his teacher messed up the class room while the kids were at recess, when they came in she told them a leprechaun had done it. It was March and almost St. Patrick’s day. My great nephew was so excited and so into leprechauns that year so my niece  his mother asked if I would write him a letter from a leprechaun. I did it and that started the whole thing. Soon after that I was writing him a letter a month from different holiday keepers. Because they were fun letters I soon added more kids to my “mailing list”. Most of the letters were hand delivered to friends and co-workers with young kids and they would give them to their kids. One of my co-workers hid the letter in a different place each month so his kids would “accidentally” find them.

I got so into writing these letters that I made my own return labels for each of the holiday keepers so the kids had no idea where they were coming from. For six years I wrote the letters but now my list is down to just two kids with four more coming up in a few years. The original kids that I wrote these for have gotten to the age where they no longer believe in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny or other holiday people. It was sad to have to cross their names off but I knew the day would come.

This is the first year that I haven’t written a new set of monthly letters. The kids I am sending them to, I started at the beginning and I have enough written to last until they outgrow the letters. I usually start sending them letters once they start kindergarten and end when they reach around nine or ten. That seems to be the age when they no longer believe.

But I have six years of letters from the ‘End of the Rainbow’ where most of the Holiday Keepers live so I thought I would share them here for anyone with young kids who might enjoy getting a letter each month. I really enjoyed creating the world of ‘End of the Rainbow’ and all the holiday keepers who live there. Santa is the only holiday keeper who does not live at ‘End of the Rainbow’ but many of his watcher elves stay there, especially during August!

Since I am in the United States the holidays I wrote about are from here and I know there are readers from all over the world and I apologize for that but most of you are bloggers and if you like these letters you can easily come up with letters reflecting holidays that your kids celebrate.

The letters I will be posting will be:

January – Father Time

February – Crazy Cupid

March – Cormick O’Greene

April – Jak Jester

Easter – Albert Easter Rabbit

May – Maizy Flower Fairy

June – Jasper Sprite

July – Sam Eagle

August – Watcher Elves

September – Artie Wood Elf

October – Rascal Werewolf and Fraidy Black Cat

November – Tom and Taffy Turkey

December – Santa Claus

I will be posting the letters the week before the holiday in each month and sometime, possibly in January I will also post the letter from Gretha the Tooth Fairy.

I hope you enjoy these letters as much as I loved writing them. Hope you have a great year with my little keepers. I love my holiday keepers and am a little sad that I don’t have to write any more letters from them but who knows maybe I will just for myself.

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How far do you go to entertain kids on Holidays?

That’s a question I’ve been struggling with all week. I don’t have kids but we have always had holidays at our house. It’s easier for the rest of the family to come here than to take our 91-year-old mother out. She’s comfortable here and that makes the holidays easier for her, but that means all the kids are here with little to do all day. We’ve never relied on TV, movies or video games to keep the kids occupied on holidays, yet I know that they get incredibly bored with all the adults doing nothing but talking. We do go for walks when the weather permits but that never takes very long, I hate hearing any kid say they are bored on a holiday. It should be fun for everyone.

When my nieces and nephews were little it seemed so much easier. Maybe that was because there were so many of them. Even if all my brothers and sisters couldn’t make it there were still a bunch of nieces and nephews. I have 18 all together so it was easy to come up with strange games and things to keep them busy. In one of my past post I talked about the booklets I still do every Christmas eve.

The toughest holiday is Thanksgiving, kids get so bored while the adults sit around and talk. There will only be 5 of my great nieces and nephews here this year. They range from 10 years old to 11 months. I can’t really do much of a game so I’ve trying to come up with something for the older ones.

What I’ve come up with so far is snakes! Everyone likes snakes, right? Well actually these are brightly colored variegated yarn snakes. I have a bunch of snakes made, just need to glue eyes and whatever else I find on them.

Now, I am coming up with some background stories for the snakes and writing up a small newspaper for the kids. I plan on using a quarter fold card template and making it look as much like a newspaper as I can. Hopefully the kids will be interested in reading about the snakes. I might even just put eyes on them and let them embellish the snakes if they want to.

Hopefully this will be successful enough that it will carry over into Christmas and they will want a second edition of the Sneaky snake newspaper. If not I have to come up with something different for Christmas.

What do you do to keep kids entertained during holidays? How far to you go to think of something special for kids during the holidays?

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