A couple of weeks ago a friend asked if I would be interested in a special project:
Basically on the 1st of December they awake to a stocking with 25 small presents in it to count down to christmas (small C as we’re not Christian). At the moment they believe that the fairies have taken their letters to Santa through the fairy door in Phoebe’s room and that the fairies put the small presents in the stocking for them. I’ll get some pictures of their letters later. I found one Tobi did too. Was thinking letters from Santa could go in the stockings to be found with their gifts.
Would I be interested? Absolutely! I’m not a very festive person myself, but I love things that capture the imagination, and I have a soft spot for Di’s two kids.
Di provided me with photos of the childrens’ letters, and some information about them such as some of the secret things the fairies might have seen them do (reading to each other, and playing schools with their plush animals), and also letting me know what they were likely to actually get from their list. Phoebe, for instance, would be getting one item for her birthday in November, so Santa wouldn’t need to bring it.
I was abuzz with ideas, and for a while the prevailing one was to put lots of stamps, and a faux north pole postmark on the envelopes… but another idea came creeping to the fore, and in the end that was the one I went with.
My own personal style tends towards the simple but elegant. The first idea would have worked, and looked great, but it wasn’t quite right. It was too…busy. Santa, after all, has plenty of other things to be getting on with at this time of year. The finished letters are hand written on parchment type paper in black ink, using a cursive script that’s reminiscent of your grandfather’s handwriting. The envelopes are hand made, bear nothing other than the child’s name on the front, and are sealed with red wax using a snowflake seal.
Simple, timeless, elegant. Also, I hope, convincing enough for the kids!
I have also sent Di some self-adhesive silver wax seals (with the same snowflake design) which she can use on some of their presents, to help add to the effect.
This has been such a great project to work on that I wish I had more! If you’re interested in a letter from Santa (or Father Christmas, depending on your child’s beliefs) then please do contact me.