So, if you’ve found this page you’re probably planning to put together a Christmas Eve box, but if this tradition has passed you by, the idea is that you put together a box of small gifts which can be opened on Christmas Eve.
Some people add a treat for each member of the family, while others prefer a collection of things for everyone to share. Either way, a letter from Father Christmas is a popular addition, especially if it encourages the children to go to bed on time!
By the way, this page is new as of December 2021, and we hope to add more Christmas Eve box letters soon.
This one’s a classic. Year in, year out, we find visitors like to go the extra hog and download a certificate confirming their child is on the Nice List. It’s probably best to hand this one over to your child quite close to the big da, because as soon as they know Santa is definitely coming, well, that’s when they get really excited, of course!
This is a short but magical letter, letting your little one know that everyone is very busy at Santa’s house and that he can’t wait to bring your presents. It’s a great choice of letter for a young child, as it’s colourful, magical and easy to read. If your little one likes mice, it’s even better!
Not every year is easy, and this short letter from Father Christmas acknowledges that this year has been hard, and offers hope that next one will be better. It was originally written with the coronavirus pandemic in mind, but will work well for many difficult circumstances. We like it because as well as being magical, it’s positive and kind.
This letter from Rudolph serves as an amusing thank you for any child who has left a carrot out for Rudolph. It’s meant to be read on Christmas Day of course, but why not print a copy now and pop it away so you’ll be ready. Not every child gets a letter from a reindeer, and we like this one just because of the look of surprise it produces in the morning.
With the Elf on a Shelf trend growing bigger every year, we love this printable set of rules. In case your elf sits on a chair or a table rather than a shelf, this works just as well. Also, it doesn’t matter what your elf looks like, as there are no elves pictured.
Our handwritten letters, provided by L A Betts, are just wonderful, and this is one of our favourites, because it gives a sense of how steeped in Christmas magic Santa’s life is. From spiders who spin words into their webs from tables that go cantering over the hills when nobody’s looking, it’s an enchanting look at his home in the run up to Christmas. It can be read any time before Christmas, and it’s probably best for older children, due to the small, wriggly handwriting.
Like many of you, we were hoping the pandemic would be coming to an end by Christmas. However, as it’s still ongoing, this short, festive message is a great way to encourage children to carry on washing their hands. It’s a gently positive letter, written in Father Christmas’ usual chatty and magical tone. We hope you find it useful.
If you’re a mum, this magical letter is a great way to let your child know you regularly have a chat with Father Christmas.
In it, Santa tells your child that you’ve recently had a cuppa and some mince pies with him, and that you’ll likely be seeing him again before the big day. We love how it makes parents part of the magic.
If you’re a dad, this magical letter is a great way to let your child know you regularly have a chat with Father Christmas.
In it, Santa tells your child that you’ve recently had a cuppa and some mince pies with him, and that you’ll likely be seeing him again before the big day. We love that it makes parents part of the magic.
As you might have noticed, elves are becoming more and more popular around Christmas time, so we hope you enjoy our free elf printables.
We hope to add more soon.
Our letters from the elves are particularly popular in the run up to Christmas, and are a great way of encouraging (and rewarding!) good behaviour.
Are you doing Elf on a Shelf for your children this year? If so, these letters from the elf in your house might be really useful. Please note that we haven’t use the exact words Elf on a Shelf though, because lots of our parents like to do their own version of a visiting elf, who doesn’t necessarily sit on a shelf! So we’ve tried to cater to everybody.
Leave these holly leaves around your home for your children to find – each one has a magical message from Santa’s elves. Just print out the leaf of your choice, cut it out, fold in half and glue together.
As there are millions of pages out there about Father Christmas, we thought that rather than use this one to tell you about the general myth of Santa, we’d use it to tell you about ours. That’s to say the Santa Claus we depict in our letters and other resources. We know you’ll all have your own family Father Christmas stories too, because that’s part of the wonderful magic of Christmas but we hope you find our thoughts on the magical man useful – and if you’re looking for ideas as to how to bring some fresh magic into your little one’s life, you can always blend them with yours.
Where does Santa live?
Father Christmas lives in a magical house at the very top of the world – the North Pole. For anyone visiting him in Lapland, we tell children that his house is so magical it moves around from time to time, though it can only go where it’s snowy and cold. He lives with lots of helpers, including elves, fairies and all sorts of other magical folk.
Other Important Buildings Near Santa’s Home
As well his house, there are a handful of other buildings which are very important to Father Christmas.
The Christmas Tree Workshop
This is one of the places the elves like to go to make toys and it’s a workshop with a difference because it’s built into a giant, magical Christmas tree.
The Reindeer Stables
The reindeer stables are where Rudolph and the other reindeer live. It’s probably one of the most magical places of all. A great letter from Father Christmas for finding out more about the reindeer is “A Kitchen Full of Reindeer“. It’s free to print out for your child.
The Iceberg Supermarket
This magical building doesn’t belong to Father Christmas but he goes there all the time. It’s a shopping mall inside an iceberg!
Magic to print for your child!