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Lil Tip: Don't Stop Believin'

Lil Tip: Don't Stop Believin'

It's Christmas Eve and your lil ones are expecting Old St. Nick to make his appearance tonight. If you're not the type to don a white beard and pillows stuffed under a red jacket, we've got some other ideas that will keep your babes believing in Santa Claus.

Chances are the kids will leave out cookies for the jolly old man and his crew of reindeer. Santa always managed to find time to put the dishes away at our house, which didn't make sense when he had to deliver toys to the rest of the world!

So before the kids come down in the morning, leave a trail of crumbs near the fireplace or at least on the table. The kids will be thrilled to see Santa's evidence.

As a child, I swore that I heard Prancer and Vixen on the roof one Christmas Eve. Get into the spirit and jingle some bells around midnight when the kids think Santa might be making his appearance.

The last thing you can do to add to Santa's magic is to leave some sort of belongings around the house. Maybe an elf hat was left behind during the gift drop or one of Santa's black buttons popped off when he ate too many of your child's delicious cookies.

Have fun playing along – the innocence doesn't last forever.

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BabyQueen BabyQueen 9 years
Loved the tips thats so cute =)
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
Santa's button was a big hit!!! Especially since I happened to have one in my button collection that perfectly matched the buttons on Santa's outfit in their Rudolph book. Thanks Babysugar!
audreystar audreystar 9 years
there are usually crumbs left from the cookies and milk is drunk and santa leaves a note thanking us. we usually have a male in the family call to act as santa and tell them to be good and he is on his way but they have to get to sleep before he comes and he will know if they don't.
rgrl rgrl 9 years
:rotfl: at everyone's cute stories! I just love the legend of Santa! My son is only 16 mos, so none of that yet, since he won't get it, but next year we'll start the fun stuff! Can't wait! :jumpin:
longhorn_sugar longhorn_sugar 9 years
my grown-up way to believe: don't stop believing by journey
1QTPIE 1QTPIE 9 years
I can't wait...... My son mailed out his letter to Santa, and he received a response from the "Desk of Santa." He went crazy when I walked out to check the mail with him. He woke me up early in the morning asking if the mail man passed yet. It was too cute. We got reindeer food and we're going to put out cookies and milk for Santa... I'm so excited. I have three kids. A 3 year old, a 1 year old and a 4 month old. My 1 year old doesn't really understand it all but my 3 year old o man. We are just having a ball with his imagination. I'm going to get my husband to jingle some bells outside. He won't see anything under the tree but later on there will be a boat load of gifts all from "Santa." All he asked for was a dinosaur and guess what.. It's there.... Everyone have a Merry Christmas....
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
I was just talking to a friend about this, and she said she leaves the fireplace grating open like Santa took off in a hurry and forgot to close it. Oooh I'm getting so excited to set the stage tonight!! :jumpin:
MotoLinz MotoLinz 9 years
Santa never wrapped our presents and always left them on the hearth. He'd also always leave part of a cookie and a half glass of milk. My mom used to call my little cousins about a week before Christmas and pretend she was Mrs. Claus - she'd ask them what they wanted so she could tell Santa, and they went totally bananas. I'll get her to do that for Jackson when he is old enough to understand it all.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
GREAT TIP:We take the fake snow spray, and cut out a big old foot from cardboard, and spray santas" footsteps" onto the roof, or driveway, or heading out the back door, this year we are going to add hoof marks, My niece went NUTS when she saw them,,,and we live in snow...still worked cause santa has snow on him from up north.
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
Oh, and this might be overly anal but I wait until the very last second before I go to bed to fill the stockings and put the Santa present under the tree. Just in case... And I use different wrapping paper on the Santa present for each of them than I use on the gifts from us. I also disguise my handwriting on the gift tags. :oops: My kids are 4 and 2!! I think I get a little hyper about this...
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
That last one is a really cute tip! We always leave out the plate and at least one partially eaten cookie, and the partially finished cup of milk. My uncle used to get up on the roof when we were little and jingle bells so we thought Santa and his reindeer were up there. That, of course, worked in Oregon (where we visited family for the holidays most years)...wouldn't have made much sense in Hawaii. lol
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