Review of the ‘Letters to Santa’ Plus Why I Adore It

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I’ll readily admit that I pretty much regret getting a damn elf after figuring out how much work it is to come up with a new place to put the darn thing every night. But mostly having to remember it is what’s killing me. So with all the new ‘costumes’ that have come out (not to mention the elf’s new friend reindeer), it’s easy to start getting annoyed at the cumulative hoopla about it all. Especially since the newest add-on, Letters to Santa, has come out.

However.

My kids saw the Letters to Santa kit a few days ago and were really excited about it. I assumed it was just another chore to involve with the elf. Which it is. BUT. Once you read what happens with these letters, you may agree that they’re worth it.

 

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Our elf, Ellie, showed up on December 1st with the kit in hand for the kids–they were over the moon about the kit!!

But here’s why these things are cool and I caved on buying them: It ends up being a keepsake.

Some of the best keepsakes my mom has stowed away for all these years are the ones that show how creative/silly/smart we were at certain ages.

And I’d really like to have these to pass down to the kids when they have families of their own. Even my kids now LOVE seeing all the little ornaments that me or my husband made as kids!

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Ok, so here’s how it works:

 

1.You read the book that came with the kit (Did I mention that the price includes a BOOK, too?!) It’s super cute.

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2. The kids get to write a letter to santa on the ‘regular’ sized special paper.

 

This can be their wish list, an explanation of behavior, whatever… I sometimes prompt the kids with questions so they can get their own ideas of funny letters to write. And believe me–my kids feel the need write letters to lots of people at Christmas (all related with the North Pole.) So usually I just store them in a box I have hidden in the top of my closet. I so love this idea of having keepsakes built into the real letter they wrote. {I highly recommend adding the date to the bottom of this thing BEFORE it’s baked. That way the ink shrinks with the letter AND it’s cooked into the sheet, so no fading.}

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3. Then you bake it, so it’s sort of like a paper shrinky dink.

 

The letter has to go in between 2 sheets of parchment paper that’s provided, then you lay this silicone sheet, called Mrs. Claus’ special press on top and bake from 3-5 minutes.

 

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4. When you take it out, let it cool a few minutes.

 

Then you attach the ribbon, and hang it for the elf to take to Santa.

 

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5. Then the elf will bring it back the next day and they can be used as ornaments.

 

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I think these are adorable on our big tree, but the kids each have a tiny tree in their bedrooms, and sometimes they like to put their own letters on their trees, too.

 

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So if you’re on the fence about this Elf on the Shelf extra (Letters to Santa), I do highly recommend this one! 😉

 

You can snag it on Amazon by clicking HERE!

 

Know someone else who’s on the fence about buying the Letters to Santa? Then please SHARE this post! 🙂

 

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1 Comment
  • Kimberly Renaud

    December 5, 2017 at 5:08 pm Reply

    This is super cute. Love this idea. I didn’t even know about the letters to Santa. Thanks. Will have to order it

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