In an ideal world, the Night Before Christmas, we’d receive a heavy sprinkling of snow, thus providing the perfect canvas upon which you could create plausible Santa footprints.
But we all know that’s not going to happen.
A genius idea I have seen on Pinterest shows snowy white footprints inside the house. Carpet powder (you do the shake n vac, to get the freshness back…) or talc is dusted around a wellington boot, giving the impression snow has sprinkled from Santa’s footwear and onto the floor.
It looks magical.
But alas is deeply flawed.
If there’s no snow outside, how did Santa manage to bring snow inside.
If he picked up the snow on his boots at the North Pole, why didn’t the heat from his feet cause it to melt.
If the snow was sprinkled on the carpet by Santa visiting at midnight, why hasn’t it melted 6-7 hours later when the central heating has been on all night.
So as festive as the sprinkled talc may look, it’s not fooling anyone over the age of 3. Worse still it’s likely to generate a whole load of questions you are just not ready to handle yet.
In a bid to bring the presence of Father Christmas to our back garden, I have been on a research mission.
Here are the top three clues to search for in your back garden, that prove Father Christmas has paid you a visit.
#1 Mud. Lots Of It The ground is wet. Reindeer, a sleigh and a portly gentleman in wellie boots is sure to leave some lawn damage. For an authentic Santa landing use an unloved mug, turned upside down, to make hoof dents in the lawn. Then turn it the right way up and drag two lines about 5 feet apart, running backwards from the hoof prints to show where the sleigh landed. A nice scraping of mud on the back door mat will prove Santa was courteous enough to wipe his feet before coming in.
#2 White Fur Trim Father Christmas is a jolly fellow, who likes to play as much as any child. If you have a climbing frame or swing in your back garden, chances are he had a little frolic on it before re-boarding the sleigh. A little white fluffy material caught at the top of the slide, or on the swing chains will be just the evidence you need to show your children.
#3 Carrot So you put a carrot on the kitchen table, next to the mince pie and glass of milk. In the morning, there’s just the top left, proving beyond reasonable doubt that Rudolph has enjoyed a delicious snack. Wrong! Firstly, the reindeer are not coming in your house to eat. The carrot must go out to them. So why would Santa come back in the house, to put the leftovers (by now covered in reindeer dribble) on your lovely clean plate. Secondly, have you ever seen how messy it is when a reindeer eats a carrot? Make up some reindeer dribble with a little cornflour mixed with water, then add a sprinkling of carrot, and splosh onto your patio to recreate a realistic reindeer dining experience.
For more fun, festive and frolicking ideas, check out the rest of the Wicken Toys blog.