3 is such a lovely age! Ollie has fully bought into the would be miracle that is a very generous man bringing presents down the chimney because you've been good this year. When asked what he would like Father Christmas to bring all he says he wants is a hairbrush. Bless him! After Daddy making a few sensible suggestions he decided that he would like a hairbrush and a bike too. Anything else would be surplus to requirements!
As a child, my brother and I used to write our letters to Father Christmas and then my Dad would stoke up the fire, have a good read of the letter (he has an excellent memory!) and then send the letter magically up the flue off to Father Christmas. Occassionally, there wasn't enough draught and the letter would burn instead but he always assured us that Father Christmas would know about the letter and of course, he never disappointed.
So wanting to re-cycle this family tradition of mine, Oliver and Daddy carefully wrote a letter to Father Christmas and drew some pictures of the said hairbrush and bike.
After a couple of secret dry runs we discovered that there wasn't enough draw on the flue to carry the letter up the chimney so instead Daddy explained to Ollie that we would carefully place the letter on the fire and then invented some magic smoke imagery which would take the request off to Father Christmas. Ollie thought it to be a brilliant idea and was so excited to see his letter burn and the magic smoke drift up the chimney!
Today we will ring Father Christmas' hotline (ie Grandpa) to check that he got the magic smoke message and find out whether he is all set for his mammoth delivery which makes FedEx look like the Pony Express, this evening.
Let's just hope going forwards that Ollie's Daddy's memory is as good as my Dad's particularly as his list becomes longer and more elaborate as he gets older!
Here's wishing you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas and hope you have a peaceful time! What family traditions do you recycle at Christmas?