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Welcome back Tinkles!

Christmas must be coming as we woke this morning to find Tinkles the elf has returned to our home!

It was very exciting to find that Tinkles has her own little elf door… my nine year old was heard to say “If only Tinkles wasn’t leaning there, I’d have so opened that door by now!”

Tinkles the Christmas Elf sitting beside her door and Christmas tree!

It was very exciting to find Tinkles with her own door and Christmas tree – the kids loved the welcome mat, too! And they took turns reading the letter out loud to us all.

Tinkles sitting beside a doormat printed with 'Santa stop here!'

Close up to see the door mat in front of Tinkles’ Christmas door

We noted that the letterhead was a little different this year, and then spotted the PS from Santa “PS Tinkles was cheeky and added her photo above – did you notice?”

Letterhead of Snata and elves - with Tinkles face pasted on top!

 

Creating a Christmas Wreath

Having a wreath hanging on your door or veranda is a common tradition in many Australian homes. Have you thought of hanging a homemade wreath?

Here is how my daughter made one a few years ago (she was about 6 at the time and had help) …

  1.  bend a metal coathanger into a circle
  2. cut the hook part of the coathanger off (unless you prefer to use it for hanging) and make sure sharp edges are hidden/filed
  3. cut plastic shopping bags into long strips – the more strips you use, the better the final result but 3 bags would be the minimum
  4. tie the strips onto the circle (double the strip and pull the lengths through the loop is the easiest way)
  5. spray paint the wreath
  6. once dry, tie on some Christmas baubles (or plastic holly , etc)
  7. use some pretty ribbon to create a large bow at the top, with enough left over to use as a tie for the wreath
  8. hang it on your door – or give to someone else for their door

And Squiggle Mum has instructions for three lovely wreaths you and/or your young children can make.

Do you have another way to make a wreath you could share with us?

Christmas wreaths

Do you hang a Christmas wreath on your front door? Or somewhere else?

 A wreath is both pretty and cheerful, and I find them quite welcoming as well. There is such a variety of wreaths that see as you view homes – from the elaborate ones in shopping centres, to stylish ones, green traditional ones and colourful ones.

What type do you prefer?

If you are interested in hanging a wreath but don’t have one, why not make one yourself? Or get the kids to make one…

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