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‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house…the kids were going BANANAS.
You know how it goes. The weeks leading up to Christmas are busy and hectic and by Dec. 24th, the kids are two flakes short of a full-blown meltdown. You can’t blame them, really. They’re super excited, trying to be “good”, waiting for Christmas gifts with no concept of how long it is until the big day arrives. That’s why my mom always let us open one gift on Christmas Eve (that, and the fact that we always opened pajamas, which made for nice Christmas morning photos. I’m on to you, Mom.)
Well, this mama has a bag of tricks of her own now, and I’m making a case for a new tradition – the pre-Christmas gift.
I realize I may take some heat for this, but I’m going to say that the pre-Christmas gift just might be even more important than those that come on Christmas morning. They can really amp up the magic of Christmas while also helping to calm and reign in the excitement that kids can have trouble containing. They don’t get lost in the mountain of other Christmas gifts. And, in the case of the new Northpole gifts and toys inspired by the new Northpole movie from Hallmark, they’re just so darn cute.
And while it might seem contradictory that I write about cutting back on toys, then suggest gifts before Christmas, there is a method to my madness. Have you ever gotten a Santa or Christmas-y gift on Christmas Day, only to pack it away until next year? Yeah…that. No fun. Christmas-themed gifts have to come early! I say just cut back on the other stuff!
So what I propose is this: head out to your local Walmart and look for a Northpole display (you won’t miss it. It’s blue and red and awesome and BIG!) and pick up a few items from the new line of holiday toys and gifts. Just be prepared – you’re going to want them all. There’s a communicator that lets you talk to Santa, lots of games, some really cute baking supplies. I wouldn’t be suprised if I heard they had a few kids in on designing the line. It’s that fun.
Good ol’ story time
You just can’t talk about the interactive plush or the 3D North Pole map without talking about the book that tells the story of Northpole. I won’t spoil it for you, but I will say that it’s one you’ll want to read each night. (A huge plus, am I right?) It’s beautifully illustrated, and the story just might make you tear up a little, you softie.
If you pick up the book, make sure you grab a copy that comes with the Find Me Santa Snowflake ornament.
This video clip will tell you why!
Warm up the oven
After 20 years working in bakeries, I think the icing that runs through my veins may have been passed on to my kiddos, too. If your kids love baking as much as mine do, the Bake Like an Elf baking set is the right thing to pull out on a snowy day. (There a Sprinkle Bell, too! No more spilling!)
I’m always amazed at the time you can kill in the kitchen when dough and sprinkles are in the mix.
I mean, the measuring cups are a boot, a mitten and a tiny bell. My daughter couldn’t have been any more smitten!
We made basic sugar cookies first, and used my favorite trick: 2 packets of hot cocoa in the dough. The kids think it’s brilliant, and I’m inclined to agree because chocolate.
And while we’re talking chocolate, our Northpole Magic Reveal cups are another thing the kids think is brilliant. The design appears when the cup gets cold, so you have to do something cold – like frozen hot chocolate – in them to get the effect.
And by frozen hot chocolate, I mean melted ice cream. Throw in some snow if you have it, and again, brilliant. See how easy that is?
Game it up!
If the kids have a little *extra* energy to burn, let ’em toss presents down the chimney! The Rooftop Drop game is giving me a run for my money on the “brilliant/easy” thing. It’s out of the box and the kids are playing in about a minute flat.
But holy snowballs, did they ever love it! They played forever. And who knows how, but they came up with about ten different ways to play.
But if you play this game, you must must must get the Northpole Magic Snowballs to go with it! They toss just as well as the bean bags, but they light up when they hit the ground!
For less than $3, they just may have been our best Northpole find! Both kiddos have been carrying them around for days. When it comes to little kiddos, I guess a fuzzy glowing snowball is about as magical as it gets!
One more time: simple, brilliant.
Make it a movie night
Last but not least, gather up those cookies you made, fill your Magic Reveal cups and grab those snuggly snowballs, because Northpole (starring Tiffani Thiessen) is a new Christmas classic that you won’t want to miss! And nothing cures the antsy pants better than a feelgood movie. It premieres Friday, December 12 at 4pm/3cst on the Hallmark Channel!
Whether your traditions are new or old, Northpole Toys really are an adorable way to spend December celebrating the spirit of Christmas instead of just waiting for it to arrive. I almost feel like they’ve given us a longer holiday this year, if that makes sense, and I’m definitely grabbing the Northpole Communicator before Christmas if I can find one!