Happy new year! We hope 2021 brings much joy and magic to you and your little ones.
January is always a quiet month for our site but for those of you who have taken the time to pop by (thanks!), we’ve collected together what we think are the most useful printables for this month. Many are old favourites but there are one or two new resources as well. Just scroll down and you’ll find them below…
January can be a good time to get the family active again after all those Christmas goodies, so these certificates might come in useful too:
Oh… and don’t forget it’s Burns Night on Jan 25th!
Finally, there’s always time for fairy messages, no matter what the time of year. Whether you’re writing your own or using some of our fairy notes and certificates, here are a few of our favourites:
And for anyone looking for a relaxing (not to mention decorative!) start to the new year, here’s a bit more printable colouring:
This year, we’ve created a few extra letters from Father Christmas to try and help you spread a bit of magic after such a hard year. They’re all free to print for your personal use. You can find them on the Christmas section of our site. Have a lovely Christmas and a happy new year. x
It’s so important to remember those who laid down their lives in the hope of of keeping the rest of us safe, that we might inherit a better world. Of course, we remember them for more than just one day a year, but Remembrance Day is a chance to do so together, and with that in mind, below are the printables we’ve got which we think might be useful for this day.
While Remembrance Sunday is always the second Sunday in November, Remembrance Day in the UK is on the eleventh day of the eleventh month. On that day at 11:00 GMT a two-minute silence is usually observed to commemorate those who died in conflict. Remembrance Day is also called “Armistice Day”.
It’s miserable being in the middle of a pandemic, but we’ve put together these printables which you might find useful while the world tries to cope with the coronavirus crisis. They’re meant to be light-hearted and to stop children feeling too anxious.
Has your child been feeling anxious about the pandemic? An award for bravery might help. It won’t take fear away of course, but it could help your little one feel proud of the way he or she is coping. A little bit of praise and acknowledgement is something we all need from time to time.
Covid Christmas Letters
Finally, if you want to print a magical Father Christmas letter to say well done for coping so well with Covid restrictions, you can find one here.
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 4th October 2020. (The equinox is actually the day after, on the 23rd.) However, 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.
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.
Hello dear visitors! By popular demand, we’ve uploaded a summer issue of our Fairyland newspaper, the Midnight Messenger, for you to print for your child. We especially hope it will help entertain those of you still in lockdown or who are having to self-isolate thanks to Covid-19.
In this issue you can find out what’s been happening at Christmas House, where the Easter Bunny has been on holiday and what the Tooth Fairy’s been up to as of late. As always, our thanks to Leone Betts for all her hard work putting it together and for allowing us to make it free on this site.
Are you looking for the previous issue? It’s here.
What is the Midnight Messenger?
The Midnight Messenger is the newspaper which gets delivered all around the magical world – read by everyone from Santa and his elves to the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, and every other magical personality you can think of. And this summer, your child can read it too!
We’ve uploaded it as a PDF. Just click here or on the picture below to download or view it. It’s completely free. We hope it makes you and your little ones smile.
If you enjoy this resource, please consider telling others. Our site survives because of people like you using it. Thanks x
More About the Midnight Messenger:
For those of you after more information about our Fairyland newspaper, it was first created in 2003 by L A Betts. It was early days for our site and as we didn’t have many visitors back then, after a couple of years we retired it. However, it carried on being delivered every month to magical folk of course, and has often mentioned in our other creations, such as the Father Christmas letters.
The Midnight Messenger is normally in black and white, but special issues like the one for Easter, are in colour. It regularly features news from well-known parts of the magical world, like Father Christmas’s house in the North Pole, and features many familiar characters such as Jack Frost, the Sandman and the Tooth Fairy. But it also features new characters your child won’t have heard of, such as the Worrying Witch, the Fortune-Telling Toad and all sorts of goblins, fairies and elves.
It’s always hard to know what people want more of, but if we sense the Midnight Messenger is popular, we’ll consider adding further issues to our site.
Ah Midsummer! What a wonderful, magical time. It conjures up long light evenings, fairies of the forests and fields, Shakespearean fantasies, and moonlit picnics. We love all these things and more. Whether you’re celebrating the Solstice or having a Midsummer’s Eve Party or just a family celebration on Midsummer’s Day, all our Midsummer printables are on this page.
Having a midsummer party? These decorations might help you make it look lovely:
Midsummer Posters and Cards:
We also have a handful of fairy certificates which are especially suitable for the summer months. You should be able to see them below:
As many of our visitors will know, Victory in Europe Day is coming up very soon and for those of you looking to decorate, we’ve collected our VE Day printables together in this post. It’s all free of course!
Are you looking to show your support for the NHS or other key workers? Great! It’s lovely to see rainbows popping up in windows all over the UK, appreciating just how precious all our health workers are. Here’s our little contribution – a collection of rainbow posters for children to print and colour in:
By the way, we think it’s really nice of you to think of others during this difficult time. Your kindness is far more magical than anything we do on this site.
If you have a key worker among your friends or family, why not colour in a poster just for them? We’ve tried to include as many as we could think of, and there’s one you can fill in yourself if we’ve missed someone.
Looking for plain rainbow colouring without any writing? These are two of our favourites?
And here are two final posters which are key to that all-important message to stay home if you can: