I know, I know, I mentioned the C-Word and it’s only October. So, sue me.
In our house, Christmas celebrations start promptly on the 1st December (although I do sometimes try and sneak it in earlier if Mr M isn’t paying attention.) By the first day of advent, the tree will be up, the carols will be on and the festivities can truly begin.
However, celebrating Christmas the A Mess In A Dress way takes A LOT of preparation and certainly doesn’t happen overnight. In fact, I’ve been putting plans into place for a couple of weeks already and October marks the real start of the pre-Christmas period.
Over October half term, we will mix up a heap of puddings, mincemeat and chutneys plus maybe even some fancy homemade liqueurs. We will definitely pay a visit to the Reuben Shaw & Sons Garden Centre to have a look around their fabulous Christmas display (a tradition Mr M and I have done every year since we met.) I will start writing my card and gift lists and try, and probably fail, to get organised so I’m not rushing around at the last minute like most years.
I always like to plan lots of fun activities and treats for the kids during the advent period. I find it really helps to heighten the anticipation, not just for them but for me as well. I’m just a big kid at heart. I’m not talking about anything too flashy or expensive, just a few little things to get everyone filled with Christmas spirit.
So, I was over the moon when the Lapland Mailroom invited me to try out one of their personalised letters from Santa. Ordering the letters couldn’t have been easier. There are a number of options to choose from, starting at £7.95 and you simply pick whichever package you like the look of. I chose the package including an additional activity pack for £1 extra (to keep them busy in the run up to Christmas).
They also offer a Baby’s First Christmas letter which I thought was such a cute idea and I may have to look into next year when my new nephew has made an appearance.
Personalising your letter is also really simple. There is an online form with sections for you to complete. I really liked the extra “P.S” section where you can write an extra little note from Santa. I wrote about things the girls have achieved this year, so the letters will be uniquely special to them. That’s the kind of detail that gives the experience that little extra touch of magic. You can preview the letter before you order so you can check you’re happy with the presentation and make any tweaks.
Once your letter is completed and added to the basket, you can make more letters if required. (Obviously I had to make two. I couldn’t really leave one child out, could I?) Now all I have to do is wait until the beginning of December when the girls will get a lovely surprise through the letterbox.
If you have good little girls and boys who might appreciate their own letter from Santa, the Lapland Mailroom has kindly given me a discount code to share with you, so you can received 20% off your order. Simply enter the code xmaspromo17 during checkout to receive the discount.
I really can’t wait to see the girls faces when they receive their own special delivery through the post. I’ll probably film it so you can see their surprise when they realise Santa knows lots about them!Disclaimer: This post features products/services which have been offered to me in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.