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All things Christmassy!

Snowman Soup

What is snowman soup?

Basically, it’s hot chocolate with a little extra oomph! You make a normal cup of hot cocoa, then add extra chocolate and white marshmallows – which are what give it its name. Some people also add extra milk or cream and just for fun, the whole thing is stirred up with a candy cane. It’s also becoming increasingly common for the raw ingredients for snowman soup to be put together as a gift for people to take home. A snowman soup gift set usually consists of a sachet of hot chocolate; some extra chocolate to stir in, such as buttons or stars or kisses; some white marshmallows; and a candy cane to stir it all up.

If you want the snowman soup poem featured in the video above, click here.

If you want the snowman colouring page featured in the video above, click here.

 

Snowman Soup Printables:

We’ve written a couple of snowman soup poems, both of which are available for you below. We find parents like to print one, roll it up, tie with a ribbon and place it alongside a steaming cup of snowman soup or with a snowman soup gift set. (A snowman soup gift set usually consists of a sachet of hot chocolate, some extra chocolate to stir in such as buttons, stars or kisses, some white marshmallows, and a candy cane to stir it all up.)

 

Please note that the copyright for all our snowman soup poems belongs to Rooftop Post. They are only for your own personal use and may not be used commercially.

 

Christmas Party Printables

If you’re planning a Christmas party, you might like to browse our latest Christmas party printables.  You’ll find them below, along with a handful of old favourites.  They’re generally designed with children in mind, but there’s no reason they wouldn’t do for older gatherings as well.

Letters to Santa and Christmas Lists

Can you feel the Christmas magic yet?  No doubt the kids can and are getting ready to write that all-important letter to Santa and Christmas list!  With this in mind, we thought we’d put together a quick post to highlight all our free letter to Santa and Christmas list templates.  So, if your child is writing his or her Christmas correspondence to that magical man at the North pole this week, perhaps these will come in handy:

Need a Reply?

If your child has written a letter and/or Christmas list, or drawn a picture for Santa, you may be looking for a reply.  Obviously, we have to keep it general, but we’ve created the following resources to help you out:

Need a Reminder?

A note from Santa asking your child to write his or her Christmas List
Please write Your Christmas List!

If the Christmas clock is ticking and your little one is dragging his or her heels about getting that Christmas List written, this little reminder from Father Christmas may just do the trick. Good luck and have a very merry Christmas – ho, ho, ho! x

Santa Claus or Father Christmas?

Many of our letters to Santa Claus are also available as letters to Father Christmas. This is because we know that people in different families and places call him by different names. In the UK, we find the preference is for “Father Christmas”, in the USA it’s “Santa”. We’re sorry that we haven’t managed to provide two versions of absolutely every resource – we’ve had a lot to do and have been short on time. However, if there is an alternative version of any of our letters, you’ll be able to see a note and a link underneath it.

Five Free Early Christmas Printables

Halloween is over and it’s nearly that time a year again!

Child Looking Forward to ChristmasSure, it’s an inner groan from those of us who dread the Christmas shopping but on the children front, it’s hard not to smile when you think of the upcoming magic.  We’ve been doing this long enough to know that right this minute there are children out there wondering if they’ve been good enough (and if not trying to do better rather hurriedly!) for a certain someone to bring presents this year.

It’s a great time, therefore, to encourage your little ones to use their imaginations…  Far up in the North Pole the Christmas clock is ticking; the elves have started to wrap up their presents, the reindeer have begun getting into shape for the long journey on Christmas Eve, and the Nice List is sparkling into life.  Will your little one’s name magically appear on it?

With this in mind and for all those who just can’t wait, here are our five favourite free early Christmas printables.  In our house, we use them to build excitement early on, so that by the time Christmas rolls around, our children can almost hear the sleigh bells.  We hope you and yours enjoy them too.

1 Nice List Certificate

You're on the Nice List
You’re on the Nice List

If your child has been good, it’s never too early to let them know they’re on the nice list! As well as being a printable image you can write on, this one also comes as an editable PDF, which means you can just hit the appropriate button (underneath the main image) and type straight onto the certificate.

 

2 A letter from Santa to Read Before Christmas

free-letter-from-Father-Christmas-and-the-Christmas-Tree-by-Leone-Annabella-BettsOur before Christmas letters have long been popular with anyone who wants to find out what magical things have been going on at the North Pole.  Father Christmas and the Christmas Tree is one of our favourites and it’s completely free to print from this site.  Oh – and if you’re folding/rolling up your letter and want the back to look pretty, you can always print one of our Christmassy letter-back designs on the other side.

3 Santa’s Magic Mirror Note

Letter from Santa “Santa's Magic Mirror Writing”
Santa Letter: Santa’s Magic Mirror Writing

This is a great note for anyone who wants to let their children know that a couple of Santa’s elves are popping by (in secret of course) to see if they’re being good.  Use it as early as you like to encourage good behaviour and for extra effect, print and fold a little envelope from Santa to put it in.

Your child will need a mirror to read this top-secret message – but that’s all part of the magic.

4 November Niceness Certificate

Certificate of November Niceness
November Niceness

Another certificate from Santa – but this time one’s just for November.

5 Elf Award for Good Behaviour All year

Free printable certificate from the elves saying well done for being good all year
Elf Certificate: Good Behaviour All Year
(Ready to personalise with name)

This cute certificate is a great reward for a child wh has been good all year.  It’s such a great feeling to know the elves have noticed!

You can either print this certificate and add your child’s name or personalise it by downloading it as an editable PDF.  If you’re in a rush and would rather not bother with a name at all, there’s a version without one here.

 

P. S. If any of you are thinking of buying personalised Santa letters from us this year, our Christmas letter shop is now open.  x

 

Latest Letter from Father Christmas – “The Knotty North Wind”

tricksydrift_mountains_and _christmas_houseFor fans of our Father Christmas letters, we’ve just added another free one for you to print and read to your child.  It’s a letter for before Christmas, we’ve entitled it “The Knotty North Wind“, and it’s great for anyone wanting to get the kids excited… and hopefully being good!

Free Father Christmas Letter - The Knotty North Wind
Father Christmas Letter: The Knotty North Wind

Like all our letters, it tells a story.  This time, Father Christmas finds a rather unusual character in trouble on his roof – the North Wind.

The North Wind
The North Wind

The North Wind is a lovely character who crops up in quite a few of our stories and is one of Father Christmas’s very old friends.  He’s in a spot of trouble in this letter, having got caught up in a string of tinsel, bit not to worry, as with his usual good cheer and just a touch of magic, Father Christmas finds a way to set him free.

We hope you enjoy this letter, as with all our Christmas letters, they are written by Santa with a little help from Leone Annabella Betts.

Top Ten Christmas Printables 2013

We’ve had a look at our web stats and we thought seeing as Christmas is just around the corner, you might like to know what the most popular Christmas downloads are this year.  Here’s the list, counting down from 10.  Merry Christmas from us all!

10.

It's going to be cosy Christmas in Bear's cave!
Christmas in Bear’s Cave

Kids Colouring: Christmas in Bear’s Cave

Rather unusually, a bit of Christmas colouring has made it onto our top ten list this year.

Then again, what child wouldn’t enjoy colouring such a cute Christmas scene of Bear putting his feet up in his festive looking cave?

You might also like colouring: 

Father Christmas at his Desk

Santa’s Pet Fish

9.

Free Printable Christmas Party Bags
Christmas Party Bags

Christmas Party Bags

A bit of a surprise at number 9, as we created these as an afterthought.  It’s nice to think that lots of people might be having parties this December though… hope you have fun!

You might like to know that of all the Christmas party bags we’ve created, the most popular are the Blue Reindeer and the Santa Claus Milk and Cookie designs.

8.

Free Santa letter to say: "Please try harder to be good"
Santa Letter: Please Try Harder to Be Good

Santa Note: Please Try Harder to Be Good 

This note from Santa reminds your child to be good in a positive way.  It always proves a popular download throughout November and December.

 

If you need matching envelopes, try these:

Santa Note Envelope for a Boy

Santa Note Envelope for a Girl

7.

Letter from Santa “Santa's Magic Mirror Writing”
Santa Letter: Santa’s Magic Mirror Writing

Santa Note: Magic Mirror Writing

This is a fun little note which reminds the recipient to be good in the run up to Christmas because the elves will be watching.  The twist is that the whole thing is written in mirror-writing.  Just print it out, get your child to hold it in front of a mirror and Father Christmas’ secret words will become clear.

 

If you need matching envelopes, try these:

Santa Note Envelope for a Boy

Santa Note Envelope for a Girl

6.

Printable note from Father Christmas reminding a child to be good
Quick Reminder to Be Good

Santa Note: A Quick Reminder to be Good

We’ve had this one on the site for a couple of years now – it always gets a lot of downloads as the Christmas holidays draw near.

 

5.

Free Father Christmas Letter: "Dropping Off Your Presents"Santa Letter: Dropping Off Your Presents

This one’s a classic.  A great letter for any child to open on Christmas morning and read that only a few short hours ago, Father Christmas was right there, dropping off his/her presents.  It’s sheer magic.  And we expect the downloads of this letter to sky-rocket in the few days before Christmas.

Age Range: Obviously, parents know their own children best when it comes to what they’ll read, but we think this letter is best suited to those aged around 7 and up.

Don’t forget – we have printable backs for our Santa letters too – you just turn your letter over, print the back on the other side, then cut off any bits of white paper.  This video will show you how.

4.

Santa's Snowman Soup Poem
Santa’s Snowman Soup Poem

Santa’s Snowman Soup Poem 

Wow!  We had no idea our snowman soup poem would be popular enough to make this list.  It just goes to show, running a site like this takes a lot of guess-work and you are always surprising us.  Anyway, hope you’re all enjoying snowman soup Santa style.

(Don’t know what Snowman Soup is?  This video will show you.)

3.

free-letter-from-Father-Christmas-Rudolphs-Fishy-Tale-by-Leone-Annabella-BettsLetter from Santa: Rudolph’s Fishy Tale 

This is a lovely letter, both magical and comical in tone.  We expected it to be fairly popular and we were right.  We can’t tell which children parents are printing out for, obviously, but friends and family have told us this one goes down well with boys.

Age Range: Obviously, parents know their own children best when it comes to what they’ll read, but we think this letter is best suited to those aged around 7 and up.

Don’t forget – we have printable backs for our Santa letters too – you just turn your letter over, print the back on the other side, then cut off any bits of white paper.  This video will show you how.

Oh, and this one’s to read BEFORE Christmas, not on Christmas Day.

2.

free-letter-from-Father-Christmas-and-the-Christmas-Tree-by-Leone-Annabella-Betts Letter from Santa: Father Christmas and the Christmas Tree

To be honest, this didn’t surprise us.  It’s one of our favourite letters from Santa and is a nice, gentle read for any child.  The pretty illustrations around the edge of the letter make it look extra magical and if you print it and tie it up with a ribbon it’s more or less a guaranteed smile on your little one’s face.

Age Range: Obviously, parents know their own children best when it comes to what they’ll read, but we think this letter is best suited to those aged around 7 and up.

Don’t forget – we have printable backs for our Santa letters too – you just turn your letter over, print the back on the other side, then cut off any bits of white paper.  This video will show you how.

Oh, and this one’s to read BEFORE Christmas, not on Christmas Day.

1.

You're on the Nice List
You’re on the Nice List

Nice List Certificate

Well, looks like there are a lot of parents with nice children using the Rooftop Post site!

This lovely certificate is officially our most popular resource in December 2013 so far.

It comes in two versions.  One you can write your child’s name on with a pen or an editable PDF you can type on before printing.  (You might want to keep in mind that the PDF one may not display correctly if you’re not using Adobe reader.)  We’re really pleased people have found this certificate so useful and will look into creating similar certificates in the future.

New Santa Letter for Christmas Morning

Free Father Christmas Letter: "Dropping Off Your Presents"Our latest letter from Santa to read on Christmas Morning is now available for you to print

It’s completely free – all we ask is that you share it via Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn before you download it.

This particular letter is called “Dropping Off Your Presents” and it’s a good all-rounder; that’s to say you can give it to pretty much any child.  In it, Father Christmas charts his journey from the North Pole to your house and tells of the magical happenings along the way.  It’s a gentle, amusing letter and we hope you’ll find it useful. 

If you are looking for a letter that congratulates a child on being well-behaved all year, this is also an excellent choice.

3 Father Christmas Letters in an Ebook

Three Father Christmas letters for 2013
Father Christmas Letters Kindle Book

After a surprising number of requests, we have finally created an e-book version of this year’s first three letters from Father Christmas. 

You can download it now FREE at smashwords.com

Of course, you can also still get all three letters completely free from this website – the ebook is simply for the convenience of those who like to use it to read to their children from an e-reader, or even a PDF file. 

As you would expect, we’ve included lots of colourful illustrations from the letters and dotted them throughout the text.  For those of you whose children like such things, there are also three spot the difference games at the back of the book, for an extra bit of fun. 

We have no real idea about how popular this ebook is going to be, but if it turns out that parents like it, we’ll make more.  As most of you may know, we no longer create personalised letters because over the last couple of years, there simply wasn’t enough demand.  However, we do hope you get some use out of this ebook and that it affords your little ones some magical tales. 

To all who purchase it – thank you very much!  We’ll feed any royalties back into our business and keep bringing you all the magic we can. x 

P.S.  If you’re helping Father Christmas by printing our free letters for your children this year, you can always watch this short crafting video to help you get the best out them.

New Letter from Santa to Read Before Christmas

free-letter-from-Father-Christmas-and-the-Christmas-Tree-by-Leone-Annabella-Betts
A Letter from Father Christmas:
“Father Christmas and the Christmas Tree”

Ah, September!  The summer holidays roll to a close and with the start of the new term comes our latest new Father Christmas lettercompletely free for you to print out.

This one is called “Father Christmas and the Christmas Tree” and it can be read any time before Christmas.  Thanks to writer/illustrator Leone Annabella Betts, it’s packed with the beautiful illustrations we’ve come to expect and nicely written in Father Christmas’ gentle, jovial storytelling style.

If you’re looking for ways to get your child excited about Christmas early, not to mention a little reminder about how important it is to be good, then this letter is well worth a look.  We’ve been told by many parents that they like to read our Santa letters as bedtime stories and we think this one is a particularly nice choice for that, as thoughts of friendly talking Christmas trees are nice to drift off to.  It’s a letter suitable for boys and girls and we hope they enjoy it.

For further Father Christmas story-letters, don’t forget to keep an eye on our “New” page, we’ve a couple more on the way.

This Year’s First Father Christmas Letter

Father Christmas and the Pirates Story-Letter by Leone Annabella BettsOkay, if you’re one of those people who can’t bear to think of Christmas when the summer sun is shining then click away now!  For everyone else and particularly those who like to collect our story-letters, the first one is available to print as soon as you like.  (As always with our full-length, illustrated letters, we do ask you to share the link on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn before accessing it.)

Happily for any ultra-organised soul wanting to get their letter printed and finished well ahead of time, we have a selection of letter backs available too.  If you’re new to this site and wondering what on earth “letter backs” are, they’re decorative designs you can print on the reverse side of our Father Christmas letters, for that extra authentic look.

letters-from-father-christmas-with-printed-backs-by-leone-annabella-betts

The new letter is called “Father Christmas and the Pirates” and has been written and illustrated by our usual artist, Leone Annabella Betts.  By the way, if you want to keep a closer eye on how this year’s letters are coming along you can follow their progress on her blog.  “Father Christmas and the Pirates” is two pages long and is meant to be read on Christmas Morning.  It tells the story of an adventure Father Christmas’ had on Christmas Eve, on his way to drop off the presents.  It’s charming, funny and full of magic – a beautiful Christmas extra for any child.

Before ending this post, a word about this year’s “before Christmas” letters.  The first one should be online and ready for printing during the first week of September and others soon after that.  So do keep an eye out!