My Son's Christmas List

Thursday, December 6, 2012

My son Charlie is right at the age where "Santa" is in "his" prime. When I asked Charlie what he wanted most for Christmas, he answered, "A bell from Santa's Sleigh!" Easy enough....
I searched for Polar Express bells on Amazon, Esty and Google. I found a great website with handmade bells placed inside a decorative box and enclosed with a scroll from Santa himself. But the price...eeek! I was looking at $50+ just for the bell!
We built a brand new house this year, my husband bought a new truck AND we have a baby on the I was trying my best to cut back this year. But this was Charlie's #1 item on his Christmas list. Santa just HAD to get it for him! After all, Ralphie got his BB gun!
I had searched through ebay with no luck...until last night. I was seriously watching the Polar Express movie and found the perfect bell!
The handmade bell is JUST LIKE the bell in the movie! It comes in a red velvet drawstring bag, then is placed inside a decorative box with a note from Santa. It even comes with a movie sized "BELIEVE" punched train ticket!
$30 with free shipping for everything!
It may seem steep for a bell, but this is the BIG present from Santa this year. All I need now is some green ribbon :)
Santa will also bring him a 3D movie, a Carrera Avengers race track, Spiderman slippers, Spiderman Comforter and everything in his stocking (socks, underwear, candy, body wash, shampoo, and Chocolate milk straws)!
Mommy and Daddy bought him a 3DS Nintendo, 4 3DS games, Spiderman sheets, A Lego builder Book, Winter hat and gloves, clothes, and a Ninja Turtles action figure!

Free Santa Letter Printable

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Here is a letter that is all ready to go!
Just have your children fill it out and place it in the mailbox!
Get your free printable here:

Free Christmas Printables

Inviting Printables
had this delightful Christmas printable
and I just had to share!!
Click here to download your own file here.
Click here to download your own file here .

Stocking Stuffers

When I was a child, the first thing we would "open" Christmas morning was our stocking. The stockings would be jam packed with small gifts, candy, movies, etc. and we couldn't wait to see what Santa left in ours. Today, I am practicing the tradition with my own family and every year I look forward to seeing their surprised faces. Now that I am the one jamming all the goodies into the stockings, I try to switch it up with gifts that are different, creative and sometimes goofy.
I made up a list for anyone who is stumped on what to stuff into their loved one's stockings this year.
Gel pens, scented markers or Crayons
(My son loves the Crayola Twistables)
Coloring books, Crossword puzzles, Sudoku books
(Scratch and sniff are super fun!)
Enormous bouncy balls
(Kids love them!)
Fizzy bath tints
Mini Lego packs
Funny eye glasses and/or stick-on mustaches
Potato shooter or marshmallow gun
Character bandaids
Mittens, earmuffs, scarves and/or winter hats
Bath Markers
Matchbox cars
Lip Smackers flavored chapstick or lipgloss
Hair clips, bows, hair tie ball and/or headbands
Wallet and/or coin purse
Funky socks
Travel games
Silly Putty
Faux makeup
Fun shaped erasers
20 Questions handheld game
Crazy drinking straws
mp3 Player
BeanBoozled Jelly Beans
Mini Flashlights
Stamp set
Card games/Flash cards
Barbie clothes
Chocolate golden coins
Mini action figues
Solid perfume
Pretend shaving kit
Character shampoo or soap
Doll accessories
(Diapers, clothes, bottles, etc.)
Video games
Sea Monkeys
Slipper Socks
Shrinky Dinks
Flying monkeys
Sidewalk chalk
A bell from Santa's sleigh
(For the children who love The Polar Express!)
Underwear and/or socks
(This is an every year occurance/must have)
Chewing Gum
(large packs are available at Dollar Tree)
Fun Printed Kleenex packs
Gloves, winter hats, ear warmers
A toothbrush
Hand sanitizer
Blurays or DVDs
Gift cards
(Starbucks, movie theatre, iTunes, etc.)
Phone Cover
A piece of Fruit
Wrist watch
Hair gel/mousse
Money clip
Hot cocoa kit
Bubble bath
Kindle Fire
Tablet protector
Flavored dental floss
Nail and/or grooming kit
Body wash
Back Scratcher
Disposable hand warmers 
Golf balls
Month membership to Netflix
Handheld mirror
(Go crazy...I promise you will eventually use them all!)
Ice scraper
Mini bottles of liquor
Hot Sauce
Spiced nuts
Nail Polish
Engraved Flask
Gift cards
(Spa treatments, GNC, golf, etc.)
Bath oils, salts and scrubs
Gourmet chocolates
(Glacier Confection of Tulsa!)
Car air freshener
(They even have bacon scented fresheners on Amazon!)
Personalized coffee cup or travel mug
Address/date book
Razors and refills
Lint brush with refill
Bottle opener
Beef Jerky/Slim Jims
Fishing lures, line and hooks
Pocket knife
Essential oils for warmer
Bottle of seasoning
Travel size hand lotion
Neck tie
Lottery tickets
A big o' lump of coal

The Polar your car!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

The Minivan Express
After your children have had their baths and are cozy in their pajamas, give them a ticket to the Minivan Express. Have popcorn and hot chocolate ready in the car and punch their tickets before they get "on the train." Drive around and look at Christmas lights in different neighborhoods.
Don't forget the Christmas music!!

Free printable tickets are available HERE.
Have fun!!!