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Our Top Picks for January

With Christmas over and the new year at the starting block, we thought we’d list a few of our favourite printables for January. Some are new and some are old favourites but our site is getting so big that we thought a little list might help make sure there’s no mid-winter magic you’ve missed.

1 Christmas Thank You Notes

Christmas Thank You Notes

2 Burns’ Night Printables

3  Tooth Fairy Notes

4 Blank Fairy Notepaper

Blank Fairy Notepaper

5 Spring Colouring

Printable spring colouring pages

Latest Christmas Magic

Are you looking for our latest Christmas printables?  Well, you can find them on the Christmas area of our site, or just click on the links which interest you below.

There are reindeer letters, Santa letters written with Covid in mind, letters for your Christmas Eve box, elf printables and more.

Printable Christmas letters from Santa Claus, Rudolph the Reindeer, the elves and more.
From Rudolph’s writings to Santa’s scribblings, these are the letters we love!
Our favourite Christmas printables
Favourite Xmas printables, old and new
Useful bits and pieces from the Christmas elves
Letters from Rudolph and the reindeer
Two magical letters for you Christmas Eve box, from Santa and Rudolph.

We wish you a truly magical Christmas, and all the best for the new year.

Decorate for Halloween!

Yay, it’s that spooooooky time of year again and time to decorate accordingly!  Here are our fave decorations from around our site.   Hope you and your family have a scarily good time.

Autumn Leaves

Paper leaf decorations
Paper Leaves Hanging from a Bannister

If you don’t happen to live deep inside a magic forest, you can still get that enchanted autumn look with these printable paper leaves.  They look gorgeous in any room and are useful for any festival in fall, including Halloween.

 

Witch’s Potion Pantry Labels

Up next are these fabulously witchy pantry labels, for all your potion ingredients.  Print and stick on jars and bottles all around your home to turn your house into a veritable witch’s hovel!

 

Halloween Bunting


Good old-fashioned bunting is always a great fallback for Halloween.  By all means print ours – it’s al free – or just use it for inspiration to make your own.

 

Witchy Wall Spells

Decorative witchy wall spells to print and hang on your wall.

These fun poems with a witch’s spell theme make a lovely addition to your Halloween decor.  Just print them out and pin them around the house.  Or you could write some of your own!

 

Pretty Jam Labels

Are you making jams, jellies or preserves?  We’ve added these pretty labels to our pantry label range, and you’re welcome to download and print them for free.  We’ve only put the name of the fruit on each label, so that they’ll do for jam or jelly or anything of that kind.  Hope you find them useful, and good luck with your jam-making project! x

Other useful Labels:

Fun for Halloween

Not long now until that spooky time of year – so we’ve collected a few of our favourite Halloween printables together below.   Some are popular every year, others are new additions.  Whatever you’re doing on the 31st of October, we hope you have a frighteningly good time!

No Trick or Treat Posters

Trick or treating is great fun but it’s fine not to want to take part. You don’t need to give your reasons to opt out but one of the best ways to let trick or treaters know it’s not for you is to put a light-hearted notice up in your window. Here are a few which might help you out.

If you’re looking for some simple paper decorations to hang around the house, you might also like our Halloween ghosts:

 

 

 

 

 

Oooo! And before you go, you might like to create some decorative jars full of spooky potion ingredients.  If so, why not make use of our Witch’s Pantry Potion Labels.  It’s a great way to get your house looking just like a witch’s hovel!

Five Free Early Christmas Printables

You may think it’s a way off but before you know it, it’ll be that time a year again!

Magical Christmas clockSure, 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.

Not quite what you’re looking for? Check out the rest of our Christmas certificates here.

2 A letter from Santa to Read Before Christmas

Picture of a free printable letter from Santa, complete withh wiggly writing and illustrations of reindeerOur 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. A Kitchen Full of Reindeer is one of our favourites and it’s completely free from this site. (Check our Terms of Use.) It’s a magical, funny letter, telling the story of how all the reindeer have ended up causing havoc in Santa’s kitchen.

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.

We hope you enjoy our letters, but please remember they are only for personal use – it’s not legal to sell then or use them for any other commercial purposes. Their copyright remains with the author.

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.

This and That for Valentine’s

Hello!  We generally create printables for children but these days, Valentine’s day is for everyone.  Far from being just for couples, we’re seeing cards sending love to all sorts of family members and friends, not to mention the wider world.  Pink and red decorations appear in shops and homes alike and some people are even using it as an opportunity to spoil themselves.  And why not?  It”s good to love yourself, too.

So, with the aim of moving with the times, we’ve put the printables we thought you might find useful this Valentine’s Day here on one page.  Thinking that the kids might want to help out, we’ve focussed on printable four-fold cards and colouring in.  We hope you, your children, your family and whoever else is special to you enjoy them.  Oh, and from all of us here at Rooftop Post, have a happy and magical Valentine’s.

What to write in your Valentine’s Card:

It’s never easy to think what to write in your Valentine’s card, and of course, a lot depends on who you’re writing to.

From a Secret Admirer

For example, if you’re sending a card from a secret admirer, it’s best to stick to funny or lightly romantic – as a mystery sender you don’t want to sound too serious (because that can make some people nervous) and it’s attractive to have a sense of humour.   If you’re really stuck, here are a couple of ideas:

  • I’m sending you this Valentine’s card to let you know that whenever I see you, you make me smile.  Have a wonderful day!
  • Roses are red,
    Violets are blue,
    I’m incredibly lucky
    To be friends with you!
  • I like you.  Even more than chocolate/football/any other (light-hearted) favourite thing.  Have a very happy Valentine’s Day!
  • You’re that “nothing” when people ask me what I’m thinking about.
For a Partner

On the other hand, if you’re writing to a long-term partner, pretty much anything goes.  You know their likes and dislikes better than anyone, and even though you might feel as if you can’t think of anything, just take the plunge because most of your thoughts will be appreciated.  Remember, this person already likes or loves you.  If you’re really stuck, thanking them for all they do and is a good start, and should get you thinking about what those things are.  Name them, if you can.  After all, letting someone know you’ve noticed all those small ways they make your life nicer is always going to make them smile.

For Family and Friends

For friends or non-romantic family, think of the sorts of things you’d put in a normal greetings card and just edit those sentiments a bit to suit Valentine’s.  Here are some examples:

  • Happy Valentine’s Day!  I wanted to send you a card to say I hope your life is filled with love for the whole year ahead.
  • As it’s Valentine’s, I just wanted to let you know how much you are loved and appreciated by me (and all the family).   Have a great day.
  • Wishing you a very happy Valentine’s Day from a family who loves you.
  • To my best friend, I thought I’d use Valentine’s Day to send you lots of love and let you know how special you are.  My world is about a million times better for having you in it.

Harvest Festival Printables

Autumn is upon us (in the UK anyway) and so is the time of harvest.  In fact, did you know that the Old English word “haerfest” actually means “autumn”?  Yes, indeed, and for those of you looking for some harvest festival printables for your children to help celebrate, we’ve assembled ours below.

When is Harvest Festival (UK)?

Harvest Festival is celebrated on the nearest Sunday to the Harvest Moon (that’s the full moon nearest to the September equinox).  This year in the United Kingdom, the Harvest Festival Feast will fall on Sunday 3rd October 2021.  (The equinox is actually a few days before that, on the 22nd September.)

picture of annual solsticesHowever, harvest celebrations in general take place over several days, so it doesn’t really matter when you have yours.  Traditionally, it was never held after Michaelmas Day on the 29th September though, because that’s when the church decided that the Harvest Festival period should officially end.  The idea was that all the crops had to be brought in before St Michael’s Mass and that parishes would then gather in their churches to give thanks.  These days, dates are not as strict.

Picture of a corn dolly twist
Corn Dolly Twist

That said, traditions surrounding bringing in the harvest predate Christianity, in the UK going back to at least Saxon times.  Some of the very old traditions are feasting, dancing and playing games.  Making corn dollies was also popular, which were carefully kept in people’s homes as a tribute to the Spirit of the Corn or Goddess of the Grain, in the hope that he or she would make sure there was a good harvest the following year.  Not all corn dollies were made in the shape of a doll mind you, some were woven to look like bells, crosses, knots, spirals and animals such as hares and horses.  Different parts of the country often had their own corn dolly traditions.

All in all, Harvest Festival time was a chance to come together and have fun, to be thankful for whatever the land had supplied, and to lift people’s spirits and put them in a positive frame of mind, ready to get through the winter.

After all that of course, we’re in the run up to Halloween

Of course, some of the printables above are also useful for Thanksgiving.

Best of Our Summer Colouring

Ah summer… and colouring.  Two of our favourite things rolled into one!  Our colouring is aimed at children rather than adults, although grown-ups are welcome to do it too, of course.  After all, studies have shown that simply colouring in a picture  is good for your mental health – a relaxing pastime no matter what age you are.

We’ve put all our summer colouring faves together below, so they’re easy for you to scroll through.  We hope you enjoy them. x

 

Father’s Day Cards

It’s not always easy to make it to the shops, and for that moment, you might find yourself scouring the internet for printable Father’s Day cards.  Well, if that’s what you’re looking for, here are ours.  They’re free, of course – all you need is a printer.