Childhood magic can already be found in such traditions as Santa Claus, the tooth fairy, and the Easter Bunny but you can add some simple touches to each of these to add an extra sparkle to them that your children will treasure and remember for years to come.
When the tooth fairy would come to visit my daughter, she would leave behind a “Loonie” (Canadian one dollar coin) for her. One thing that came in handy was that these coins are gold coloured, making them already stand out but then I added my own magic to them. I would spray them with a bit of hair spray (as the adhesive) and then sprinkle glitter on them. My daughter was thrilled the first time she received one and saw that it was covered with fairy dust!
On Christmas Eve when we’d get home from church, we’d go into the backyard and sprinkle magic reindeer feed back there. It was made from things like rolled oats, seeds, and bits of dried fruits. and some edible glitter so it would glisten on the snow.
Flickr, Bart Fields
After Santa Claus would visit, we’d find evidence of his journey through our house in the form of footprints of magical snow. The snow was actually flour that I sprinkled on the carpet – I made a cardboard template of a boot print to make them the proper shape. Warning: at the one place we lived, the carpet was the sculptured type and that flour took months to remove from it! But still, it was worth it. My daughter was enthralled by being able to follow and walk in Santa’s footprints.
There were many more fun little touches that were added to our family holidays and we treasure each and every one of them. How can you add magic to your family traditions?
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