Christmas Candy Jar

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The Christmas countdown has begun! Delight your family with this quick candy jar; guaranteed they’ll be nibbling from it all holiday season.

I hot-glued a black ribbon (meant to mimic Santa’s belt) around a mason jar. I added a pretty snowflake decal in the center, but if you want it to look even more like Santa, use a gold buckle!

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Now fill the jar with red or green candies. Red licorice were a dark, Holly berry-colored option.

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I plan to find brighter red candies later in the month so it looks like Santa’s big coat! But meanwhile there were no complaints from my happy nibblers.

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Write a Letter to Santa

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Christmas is 25 days away, and if you want to start the holiday off on a magical note for your kids, consider having them write to Santa!

Travis and I sat down with paper and markers (in red and green of course), and talked through his list.

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I helped him sound out and spell each item, which was great handwriting practice, too.

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His list included current favorites like Star Wars figures (Boba Fett, Kylo Ren) and a winter vest.

To make the letter truly special requires a little parental trickery. Write back a letter from Santa in response to your child. I used markers to disguise my handwriting.

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Now seal both letters in an envelope addressed to your child, and mark the return address as “Santa, The North Pole.” Don’t forget a stamp! Place this inside a larger envelope, addressed to the following:

ANCHORAGE AK 99530-9998

In return, you’ll receive a true North Pole postmark on the return letter from “Santa”. USPS recommends mailing by December 7. So make those lists and check them twice!