Letters to Santa

letters to Santa

It’s about that time of year when the little ones (and often the not so little ones) in our lives start thinking about Christmas, whether they’ve been naughty or nice this year, and what they dream Santa might bring them. We took a look around and found so many great ways for today’s Christmas wishers to make contact with Santa Claus, either online or through traditional letters to Santa. Here are some of the best things we found:

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Online:

NORAD Tracks Santa — NORAD is the abbreviation for the North American Aerospace Defense Command and they have been officially tracking Santa since 1955. Truly! Since my kids were little this has been our go-to website on Christmas Eve to see exactly where in the world Santa is (and more importantly if they need to be rushing to bed!) Now they have an updated website with games, movies, and music, plus an official Christmas countdown, so you can visit anytime for some pre-holiday fun. This site kicks off on December 1st.

Email Santa.com — This is a fun site where kids can email Santa and get a reply back. We especially like it because they do not need to submit their last name, email address, or any other personal information. This website also has lots of Christmas games, stories, jokes and other fun holiday activities. Another similar option with some different graphics and activities you might take a look at is A Letter 4 Santa.com.

Hand Written:

The US Postal Service Letters From Santa Program —  Click on the link to see the full description of how this program works, but basically your child writes a letter to the North Pole (with an important step for parents before mailing it). Then you send it off and it will come back (very officially) in the mailbox with a North Pole postmark.

There are lots and lots of different printable templates for you to download and have your kiddos use when writing letters to Santa. One great resource we found is on Playdough to Plato. They offer three different coordinating templates for kids of different ages and writing abilities, plus some Santa letterhead for you.

free printable letters to Santa





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Free Thanksgiving Party Printables

Free Thanksgiving party printables

November is here, and that means it’s time to start planning for the big day — Thanksgiving! if you’re like me you are always looking for new ways to make your Thanksgiving table look fun and festive. That’s why this year we’ve created some free Thanksgiving party printables for you to download and use in your décor.  We’ve made some napkin rings, place cards, a Thanksgiving subway art poster, and some printable thought cards that you might put at each place setting to encourage a bit of Thanksgiving reflection. Enjoy!

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Napkin Rings

free printable Thanksgiving nnapkin rings
To use these napkin rings, simply click here to visit the pdf. version of the page, print them off and cut them into strips. Then add a touch of glue stick to hold them in place around your napkin.

Place Cards

free printable Thanksgiving place cards

Click here to download these Thanksgiving place cards. You can either cut the page down the center and use them as foldover cards, or cut each card individually and glue them onto cardstock.

Thanksgiving Thought Cards

free printable Thanksgiving thought cards

What are you most thankful for? I use these Thanksgiving thought cards by placing one at each table setting to encourage some discussion of the year’s most notable blessings.

Thanksgiving Subway Art

Free printable Thanksgiving subway art

Place this Thanksgiving subway art into a standard 8×10 frame and set it on the counter or mantle as an easy seasonal decoration.

No matter how you celebrate this season, hope you have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving!




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Free Halloween Printables

Free Halloween Printables

Everybody loves free party printables, especially us! That’s why we’ve created a few special Halloween printables for you to download and use at your next Halloween bash. Best of all, they’re free! Just click on the image or text link to be taken to the printable image. Enjoy!

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 Halloween drink labels 2Halloween Drink Labels

Halloween candy wrappers

Halloween Candy Wrappers

Halloween party tags

Halloween Cupcake Toppers or Party Tags

Say Boo Printable

Say Boo Party Poster






 

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Party of the Week: Homecoming Party Ideas

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HOMECOMING

Homecoming printable

Click on the image to download and print this Homecoming subway art poster we created just for you!

At high schools and colleges all over the country, this is the time to celebrate homecoming. Whether you are a current student celebrating with friends, or a graduate returning to reminisce about the glory days, click on this homecoming party ideas link to visit our party website and find  lots of ideas to help make your celebration more special.

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Get Decked Out For the Big Game

Are you going to watch a homecoming football game? here are some fun spirit wear items we found at Shindigz.com that you can order in your own team colors to get you and your friends ready to cheer on the home team!

Green Let's Go Waterless Tattoos
Temporary Tattoos
Face Paint Sticks
Face Paint Sticks
Blue & Gold Super Fan-atic Spirit Set
Spirit Set
Gold Football Beaded Necklace
Football Rally Beads
Spirit Up Columbia Blue Foam Fingers
Foam Spirit Hands
Red Inflatable Spirit Sticks
Spirit Sticks

Have Fun Before and After the Homecoming Dance

Be sure to hop over to our Homecoming pre-party and after party ideas page for lots of ideas for making the big dance special.

A few ideas you might consider include:

BEFORE

  • Inviting the girls for snacks and a pre-dance makeup and hair prepping party
  • Hosting couples for a pre-dance dinner
  • Setting up a photo shoot area to capture everyone looking their best
Homecoming group photo

Make the most of a beautiful fall day by taking homecoming pictures outdoors, or if it’s raining, set up a photo area inside.

AFTER — Invite friends back for…

  • Popcorn and movies
  • Roasting marshmallows in the backyard
  • After dance pizza
  • Game night
  • A sleepover

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