Edible Christmas treats and gifts

Today, we have a guest post from Kerrie of Print, decorate & eat, maker of delicious and beautiful cakes (I know, I have tasted a few of them!)

Making edible Christmas treats

Kerrie King, Print, decorate & eat

The weeks leading into Christmas can be stressful with so many parties to plan for, food to prepare and gifts to purchase.

I like to give Christmas edible gifts wherever I can, but that doesn’t mean it needs to be time consuming or involve weeks of preparation or be expensive either.

If your child likes cupcakes, and let’s face it what child doesn’t like cake, and would like nothing more than to take Christmas cupcakes to the class party, there are a number of ways you can “cheat”.  It is perfectly OK to buy cupcakes from your local shop, but you could also have some fun with your kids baking your own cupcakes (from a packet is fine if you prefer or are really tight for time) and buy some Christmas toppers from the supermarket or cake decorating store (including online ones), to take them to the next level.  You’ll have fun, spend quality time with your kids, and have some lovely personalised cupcakes for the class party, Christmas picnic or family get together.

numerous cupcakes topped with a red or green Christmas topper

Another way to give beautifully wrapped edible Christmas gifts is to buy a few packets of fancy biscuits, fudge or even chocolates from your local supermarket, Aldi or Reject Shop and repackage them into Christmas boxes you can buy at the $2 shop along with some matching tissues paper, and you’ll have beautiful Christmas gifts with a personal touch.

If you are a baker, like me as I enjoy whipping up a large batch of gingerbread men, trees or stars, you can bake then package them up in Christmas boxes from the $2 shop along with a personalised card.  This is also a lovely way to say thank you to Teachers , volunteers, friends, the cleaner and perhaps even your neighbours.

So get baking, have fun, eat cake, say thanks and have a lovely Christmas!

A genuine endorsement for real letters

Unfortunately, there are some sad people who spam others for enjoyment or to make money in unscrupulous ways.

Genuine vs spam Santa letters

baby girl holding a red envelope

Who could prevent a baby or child this delight?

What’s sadder is that there are even people who would use children’s love of Santa and the magic of Christmas, and the love of adults for those children, to try getting money out of others.

We were very pleased to find that PC mag Australia wrote about this problem and gave two reputable options for Santa letters rather than the scammers – Australia Post (for a non personalised letter) and Love Santa (for personalised letters with additional touches).

Staying safe

As well as sharing our excitement at getting such an unexpected mention, this article inspired me to give some tips on avoiding spam…

  • if you’re unsure, do NOT click on any links in emails. Type out the URL yourself so you go to a real site (there are emails that look right but have links that will take you somewhere unexpected)
  • don’t just rely on emails – check their website or Google them for reviews and comments. Personally, I don’t trust anyone who advertises by emailing strangers!
  • if in doubt, only make payments through trusted sites, such as paypal or a direct deposit from your banking facility. And NEVER give credit card details via email.
  • look at the email address – does it come from a domain that seems valid (eg a relevant business name)? does the name in the email match the email address?
  • read the website – does it feel genuine (this comes through even more in a blog and articles which are less sales-orientated), do the photos look like real people, are there contact details, and so forth.

Here’s to getting rid of spammers!

Quality Santa letters written with love

Yesterday I wrote about Santa asking me to help him write letters to Australian children each Christmas.

As it is an honour to write to children on Santa’s behalf, and a responsibility to give those children a special message, I put a lot of care and love into all the letters we write.

General principles of Love Santa letters

Every Love Santa letter (including our non-personalised self-print options) is written to meet the following aims:

Love Santa letter makes boy smile

Making each child smile is what we aim to do

  1. it is positive and makes the child feel happy
  2. acknowledge the good things children do, ann encourage them doing more good things
  3. be truly personal so the child knows the letter is for him or her
  4. includes references to Australia and a warm Christmas so the child can relate to what they are reading
  5. indirectly teach children basic letter writing skills

Making Love Santa letters personalised

There are a number of ways I strive to make each child feel special, but it mostly comes down to spending the time editing each letter just before it is printed and mailed to be sure it is just right.

Every Love Santa letter

  1. is mailed in its own envelope so the child has the pleasure of opening a letter addressed to him or herself
  2. starts with their first name
  3. is often adjusted to suit the child’s age or good deeds
  4. includes some good deeds done by that child during the last year. Good deeds are always written in a positive tone, too, to build self-esteem. So, for example, I write ‘being independant’ rather than ‘not being so clingy’, ‘learning to play nicely’ rather than ‘not always fighting’, and ‘trying your best at maths’ instead of ‘not failing maths’
  5. is checked to be different from siblings’ letters, and often is adjusted to include a sibling’s name

To share in this fun part of Christmas, request a Love Santa letter so your kids can experience their own personalised letter – and look out for some ordering tips in tomorrow’s blog post.

You really mean personalised!

In the past, I’ve organised some Santa letters for my kids – they liked them so we’ve done it every year. Last night we opened our Love Santa letters and the difference is incredible.

It’s not just that there is the little surprise added, stickers on the envelopes and the craft and recipe ideas are a great idea. Having different letters for each child was a nice change (yet so important for realism to my thinking).

But what really blew us away was the obvious fact each letter is adjusted for the child. You changed the good deed wording I typed to actually fit the letter wording and added lovely comments that could only have been done manually – a truly personalised letter that made my son stand up straight and feel proud of his achievements this year.

Scrapbook pages of Love Santa letters

Love Santa letters make great scrapbooking pages

I’ve let the kids play with previous letters and never had any desire to keep one. This year’s letters are going in their scrapbooks – and so will next year’s!

Thank you for a wonderful addition to our Christmas celebrations – and this blog of people’s stories and traditions is heart warming.

Competition closes tonight…

…so tomorrow morning we will be reading all December posts to choose the best one to win a personalised Love Sanat letter.

Don’t be shy – this is the time to share your story and preserve it forever.

Not sure how to enter? This post explains how to enter and the terms of the compeition – Good luck!

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