How The Packs Work
How the pack works …
Before we discuss how our magical Christmas Packs actually work, lets talk about what you get inside (yes, all this!)
There are no ‘rules’ as such on how to use the pack. You are free to take the contents and embellish the story to suit your own children. You can keep it very simple – you don’t need to put lots of planning into it! But let us explain how we think it works best:
The magic begins …
A magical little delivery arrives from the North Pole. The elves have sent an exciting letter! They are taking part in their annual Christmas Magic Mission and they need the help of some very special children! Christmas Magic makes it possible for Santa (or Father Christmas as he’s also known) and his reindeer to make their amazing journey around the world delivering presents to all the boys and girls. But how is this magic created? By spreading Christmas cheer of course! Elves, aswell as boys and girls can do this by being kind and helpful, singing lots of Christmas songs and by being well behaved. Can your little one help the elves out in their mission? They’ll get a special mention on the Nice List if they do!
There is no rule as to when you need to leave the letter for your little one to find. This may be at the end of November (with the first ‘Christmas Magic card’ arriving on 1st December – we’ll talk about these in a bit!). Or, if you have decided to use a toy elf too, they can deliver it on their arrival from the North Pole and bring along the first ‘Christmas Magic card’ at the same time.
We have 3 letters to choose from, each having a different illustration on the front. The inside of each letter is the same – telling the kids all about the Christmas Magic Mission – however the back of each has a slightly different worded letter.
Along with their letter, you will also leave the ‘Your Elf’ notice. Each boy and girl finds out which elf they will be helping create Christmas Magic with. (You choose and handwrite the elf’s name). They find out a bit about their elf – what their favourite snack is and what their special skill is.
They will also learn how best to spread Christmas cheer but will also be given a special ‘Elf Challenge’. (You complete this – it can be anything from specific challenges such as ‘Stay in your own bed all night’ to something a little more fun like ‘Tell somebody a Christmas joke every day’ to something more sentimental such as ‘Give someone a big Christmas hug every day’)
The elves also leave a Wish List for each child to complete. They can do this at any time, then leave it out one night before bed. It will magically arrive at the North Pole, and just so they know that it’s arrived safely – they will be sent a delivery receipt from the North Pole Mail Room!
During December … Christmas magic is created!
Each day, the elves will send magical little cards from the North Pole (or if you are using a toy elf, they can deliver them!). These let the boys and girls know how much magic they have helped create. Based on the traffic light system, the cards are green, yellow or red. The aim is to get a green card and the more greens the kids collect, the more magic they have helped create for the elves. In each pack, we also include a few ‘reminder’ cards which the elves may leave during the day to remind the kids about their Christmas Magic Mission (if behaviour leaves a lot to be desired!).
We know that kids love stickers, so this year we have included these in the pack. Each time your little one earns a Green Christmas Magic card, they can stick one of the little elf stickers onto their chart. This allows them to keep track of how well they are doing. If you don’t fancy the idea of stickers, why not get your little one to draw a circle around a snowflake, tick beside one, or colour in the little circle in the middle?
This next bit is entirely optional, but it sure adds a lot of excitement! Why not leave little rewards or mini targets from the elves? In our house, this is in the form of chocolate coins (Thorntons chocolate smile coins are our favs – yum yum!). The elves send these with a green card as a little ‘well done’ reward. You will find lots of other ideas in our ‘Fun stuff’ page – make sure you check it out!
Postcards and updates from the elves
In your pack, you will find 4 postcards. You can use these during December to leave handwritten notes from the elves. Perfect to add lovely personal details to make it even more magical. Why not encourage your little one to leave letters for the elves and use the postcards to write back!
The elves can also send their Christmas Update Report at any time during December. This lets the little ones know that Christmas Magic levels are increasing and the elves thank them for their hard work so far. It also allows their elf to write brief comments on how well they are doing at their Christmas Challenge.
23rd December – Christmas Eve Eve!
On 23rd December, the kids will get their final Christmas Magic card. Before they go to bed, remember to leave out their completed sticker chart for the elves to collect. You will notice that there is an ‘Elf Use Only’ section on the back of the chart. Their assigned elf will complete this ‘Magic Review’ to see how much Christmas Magic their boy or girl helped create during December. You will also be able to complete a short personal comment from the elf too.
On Christmas Eve, your little one will find a ‘Thank You’ postcard from the elves, thanking them for their amazing help – their Christmas Magic Mission was a success! There’s now enough Christmas Magic for the big man in red to make his long journey around the world delivering presents. Along with this, they get a special Nice List Certificate. In our house, we leave these items in a Christmas Eve box including new PJs, a Christmas movie, and some goodies to enjoy that night! More information on this can be found in our ‘Fun Stuff’ page.
Doesn’t this all sound like great fun? It’s a wonderful way to add even more excitement and magic during December, as well as promoting good behaviour, kindness and the spreading of Christmas cheer!
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This year we have 3 packs to choose from : Present, Snowman and Carol Singers. Each is suitable for any child, regardless of whether they have experienced the tradition before or if this will be their first year. The only difference between the packs is the letter from the elves – each featuring a different illustration on the front and a slightly different worded message from the elves on the back. The inside spread is the same on all letters – explaining the Christmas Magic Mission. If you have more than one child, you can decide whether to order a different design for each or to keep them the same. It’s completely up to you!