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im moving onthe 15th dec, what can i do to ensure the whole magic of xmas isnt lost for dd -6

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watchoutforthatsnail Fri 23-Nov-12 19:35:22

As it says really. we have an unexpected house move on the 15 dec.
xmas seems to have been wiped off the radar, no decorations can go up till after we move. there isnt time for the usual xmas activities, no baking sad

it doesnt matter so much for me, but dd is 6 ( almost 7) and i want to try to keep the magic for her.

any ideas on how i can do this?

ParsingFancy Fri 23-Nov-12 19:41:55

Don't know how much furniture you'll have, but take advantage of the bareness to turn one room into a magical Christmas room? Tree with lights, cushions on floor, the few packing boxes you've managed to empty turned into a sleigh? It's an adventure!

It could be amazing - unlike any organised grown-uppy Christmas she gets again.

watchoutforthatsnail Fri 23-Nov-12 19:50:57

That is a lovely idea. but i think we are going to be a bit squashed for space.
BUT - i could save some boxes and maybe we could quickly make, i dont know, and reindeer bed in case they wanted a rest, stick some nice blankets in it, write a note?

( i have a ton of furniture, im moving from a 3 bed semi with a jam packed garage and loft. to a new 3 bed semi with NO garage or loft. its going to be a tight squeeze.....)

Waswondering Fri 23-Nov-12 19:54:41

Ok - 15th is still good for decorations to go up! I'd take your existing decs in your car, rather than van (if using a van!) so that you know exactly where they are.

Can you arrange a Tesco/Sains/JL delivery the next day with festive stuff in it?

Can you buy festive paper plates and napkins for the first few days so that there's an air of festivity as you get unpacked?

All the very, very best!

BrevilleTron Fri 23-Nov-12 19:55:14

Write a letter to Santa telling him the new address then burn it in the back garden
It's a mum and dad approved emergency address change communique accepted by Santa

My sis and I used to send our letters to Santa by dropping them into the AGA and running outside to see the magic smoke.

Waswondering Fri 23-Nov-12 19:55:43

(NB if baking is important make sure your tins are easily accessible and maybe make one or two things this week and store in a friend's freezer? Then you've you're own baking awaiting you.)

watchoutforthatsnail Fri 23-Nov-12 19:57:40

good idea on the decs. ( am a lone parent and moving myself, so ill be doing most of it in my car anyway)

festive food shop is a good plan.

and a note to say we have moved. love that ;)

thanks, all things ive not got the brain power to think about at the momment.

watchoutforthatsnail Fri 23-Nov-12 20:05:02

ive not got the time to bake... i wish i did, but need to pack a whole house and work etc.... ( lone parent) before we move.
else that would be a good idea.

InkleWinkle Fri 23-Nov-12 20:06:13

Where are you * watchout* ?
Can any of us help with the baking / decorations / sending a letter back from Santa to acknowledge address change?

watchoutforthatsnail Fri 23-Nov-12 20:11:25

uk, in suffolk.
a letter back would be lovely. or even just something saying the christmas robin ( haha, very good for reporting to father christmas if children have been good or bad) has told him we are moving and knows and will make sure he comes to our new house.

i dont care about me. im fine. its just DD will be 7 in jan,she truely believes in it all and i know she wont for much longer and i feel crap that i cant do what i usually do for her.all the tiny bits that add up to make it special, you know.

InkleWinkle Fri 23-Nov-12 20:15:58

PM me details if you like & then let me know when you tell Santa & I'll sort something!
In Scotland though so not so much help with moving!

InkleWinkle Fri 23-Nov-12 20:17:18

I have an 8yr old (&2yr old) and sure this is her last year so anything to help some one else!

watchoutforthatsnail Fri 23-Nov-12 20:17:21

ha,yes, thats a bit far to travel!

Waswondering Fri 23-Nov-12 20:22:15

D'ya know ... if you're either buying or renting - have a word with the landlord/solicitor etc and ask if they could add a sentence to final correspondence saying "Please note, Father Christmas has been alerted by our office of your change of address."

smile

Waswondering Fri 23-Nov-12 20:22:52

or similar .... bet they'd love it (perhaps officially by a separate letter to your dd?)

watchoutforthatsnail Fri 23-Nov-12 20:25:14

im renting. I supose i could ask.
OR - i could buy a small robin figure and put it on the floor in her new bedroom ( we get the keys 2 days before we move the big stuff) SO, i could get in before her when i get the keys, and then send her up, and it would be a surprise.
I wouldnt leave a note, but just let her imagination fill in the blanks.....

she would love that

watchoutforthatsnail Fri 23-Nov-12 20:26:30

she looked around it last week for the first time. the thing she was most bothered about was if there was a fireplace smile
which there is.

This kind of stuff is so important to them when they are little.

thegreylady Fri 23-Nov-12 20:28:42

what about buying an elf toy and putting him on her windowsill

thegreylady Fri 23-Nov-12 20:29:29

maybe with a copy of the elf on the shelf book or another Christmas tale

watchoutforthatsnail Fri 23-Nov-12 20:43:19

thats good!! ill see what i can find.

My mum has got her a xmas story book thats personalised to our town, so i wont do a book...

but this is great, hopefully i can pull this off and it will be ok for her.

mirry2 Fri 23-Nov-12 20:53:57

Will you have a garden? Buy some tinsel and decorate the garden after she's gone to bed on your first night. She'll wake up to a bit of fairyland.

EdgarAllanPond Fri 23-Nov-12 20:59:19

interesting - we wikl be moving house at ahout the same time. i may crack on wit the baking now though, as will be moving in with parents until we find the perfect place.

it's going to be crowded -
their house is also having works done which means we may not get decorations up early

watchoutforthatsnail Fri 23-Nov-12 21:04:41

i will have a garden, but, no offence, i think ill have other things to do other that glitter up the garden smile even though its a nice thought.

edgar - sorry, that sounds rubbish too. its not a good time to be moving, is it sad

mirry2 Fri 23-Nov-12 21:10:09

No offence but I was only trying to help.

watchoutforthatsnail Fri 23-Nov-12 21:13:40

i did say it was a nice thought.
its just that i will have just moved house, and be amist 100's boxes. probably unpacking vital stuff might be better than trying to attach tinsel to a tree in the dark.
and most likely be shattered, aching and tired.

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