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How To Make Christmas Magical!

By thequeensenglishprints, Dec 18 2015 06:00PM

It’s finally arrived – the last day of school before the Christmas holidays are officially in full swing, and we’re all sentenced to an intense week of scraping our children off the ceiling at least three times a day, in anticipation of a very important visit from the big guy in red.

At The Queen’s English Prints, we’ve been so busy getting everyone’s orders out and into the hands of Royal Mail’s finest red-suited deliverers in time for December 25th, that the whole festive build-up has whizzed by in somewhat of a blur.

But now that the last Christmas order is complete and the rush is over, it’s time to sit back and smell the Baileys. There’s still a whole week left to dive headfirst into all the mince-pie-based madness, and truly embrace what is supposed to be the most magical time of year!

So if you too are ready to get stuck into Christmas, then here’s a few tips on how to reignite the magic, and truly do December justice, before January rears its ugly head…

1. The Letter...

If your little ones haven’t yet penned their wish lists, then now’s the time to sit them down with a hot chocolate, a gingerbread man, and a good old-fashioned Argos catalogue! A word of warning here – I recommend you attempt a spot of incredibly subtle mind control to ensure they remember to request all those must-haves they mentioned (and you ordered) three weeks ago. I whole-heartedly endorse using The Force, if it is strong in your family, or alternatively a good old-fashion verbal cue should suffice: “Do you need any help spelling ‘Skylanders', darling, or are you alright?” You can then hang them on the tree or place them in the fireplace for the elves to collect overnight, or get down with your standard self and just put them in the post box! You could even write a letter of reply and leave it for the kids to find at the end of their bed or on the doormat outside, the next morning... or place it with their presents on the big day itself.

2. Put Together a Christmas Eve Box...

These are becoming more and more popular, and let’s face it – Christmas Eve is, in a lot of ways, more magical than Christmas Day anyway! It’s filled with all the excitement and anticipation of the big jolly elf’s visit, and in my experience, the children literally do not know what to do with themselves – enter the Christmas Eve box. You could put new pyjamas, a Christmas DVD and a bag of marshmallows inside, ready for a snuggled up Christmas Eve evening, or you could include an activity book, a jigsaw, and even a treasure map (why not hide some chocolate coins around your home for them to find and feast on?) if you want to keep them occupied for longer.

3. PROVE Santa's Real...

So whilst researching this post we stumbled upon this amazing website, which will produce a photo of Santa IN THE ACT! All you have to do is provide them with a photo of your living room (or wherever Santa will be making his deliveries) and they’ll place Santa in situ, getting on with what Santa does best! Show it to your kids on Christmas morning as a still shot from your in-home CCTV ("Oh you didn’t know we have invisible in-home CCTV, sweetheart? Well we do! Remember that, next time you promise me that you DIDN'T hit your brother over the head with my Yankee candle, ok?")

4. Track Santa...

In the age of tablets and smartphones, everyone’s tracking Santa these days, so don’t miss out on a piece of this completely free action. There are a number of websites that will enable you to track his journey on Christmas Eve, - Norad is a great one - as well as this one, that’ll keep you up-to-date on how the reindeer are doing too! And don’t forget about the International Space Station - if the skies are clear on Christmas Eve, you should be able to spot it from the UK, rising in the west, passing low in the sky and setting in the south east at around 5:20pm… right about the time Santa's sleigh may or may not be hitting the area, if you catch my drift!

5. ‘The Night Before Christmas’...

Smartphones and tracking apps aside, let’s get old-school for a second. When I was little I had a copy of this book, and every Christmas Eve - without fail - someone would read it to me. It was the only day of the year the book ever saw the light of day, but I can still remember how ridiculously magical it felt listening to that story, and imagining the Santa so beautifully described within it. If you don’t have a copy of this book in your house – now is the time to invest… go on, GO!

6. Just Enjoy It!

Tiny people are only tiny for such a short time, and if you can soak up even 50% of their excitement at Christmas, you’ll have an absolutely magical holiday. Oh and don’t forget the Baileys... if all else fails, it works like a beautiful little glass of Christmas catalyst… trust me!

Merry Christmas from us all at The Queen’s English Prints!

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