And here she is. We have reached that final month of the year, the one that bursts with the Christmas Magic. I could fit 365 prompts into December alone, but we do not want that kind of December. CM365 is not a Christmas to-do list or a checklist. And so I will limit my reminders as I do not want you to feel pressure to do all the things. Speaking of which, I wonder what you think of this story of my own. My kids are involved in several extra-curricular activities, and I just received a notice that for one those activities there is to be a parents meeting on Dec 18 to discuss an activity that is to take place next to June. I said to my husband, “That’s kind of presumptuous, don’t you think? I feel like December should be reserved for Christmas activities only.” To which my husband replied, “Certainly, and the last 2 weeks of December are OFF LIMITS.” So I declined to attend this parents meeting. However, that is not the entirety of the story, as this same person has organized another parents event that is to take place next Sunday. I agreed to attend that event, but I am having my doubts as to whether that was the right thing to do. The event is important-ish but not critical and the information both can and will be repeated in the future. I suppose I will make my decision Sunday morning when I find out what I put in my kids’ Christmas countdown calendar that day. Because I don’t remember what I wrote…

Today I will just gently suggest that you ask your kids to write letters to Santa. Even your little skeptics. This will help you to determine what it is that they really want. Before they write the letter, you really must have them read this WikiHow on How To Write A Letter to Santa Claus.  It is so precious that it’s a scream! And you will see that even if you already know what your kids really want, here is a wonderful way to get them to ask nicely!

There is not a rush to get this letter done because you do not have to mail it. You probably know this already. I mean, there are places where you can maybe kind of get a written response from Santa or a helper if you meet a certain postmark deadline. I am not telling you to use one of these services because next week I will show you something better, where your child can write to Santa on a secure website and get an immediate reply, with no email / registration / signup of any kind needed. It is super fun, but for now just have your kids practice what they might want to politely ask for.

Prep work for this week’s prompts:

You will need one Christmas card.

And on Saturday I will show some vintage ads for Christmas cakes. If you think you might want to copy those cakes, I can tell you that in the 1950s, they used a lot of white frosting and some maraschino cherries.

Have a great and relaxing week.

(Image credit: LiliGraphie)

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