Our little guy checking his Magic Mailbox and finding a special surprise!
Kids Magic Mailbox to the North Pole
When our first child was born, we started a fun idea which we call the Magic Mailbox. Since it was a such big hit with our son, we decided to make it one of our yearly Christmas traditions and now that we have two children it is twice as much fun!
The idea is simple. On December 1st, the Magic Mailbox appears and inside is a note from the North Pole saying that this is a special magical mailbox (not a toy) and all letters placed inside go directly to Santa's workshop. Now every child must keep in mind that Santa is watching closely, so they must be on their best behavior! To help remind them that they are on the right track, every morning when they wake they will find a special treat in their Magic Mailbox -- but only if they were good the day before!
Our children love their Magic Mailboxes and the reward system for good behavior is a bonus too! We love watching them excitedly run to their Magic Mailboxes every morning to see if one of Santa's helpers left them a surprise.
We incorporate our Elf on the Shelf with our Magic Mailboxes, too! When our Elf on the Shelf arrives on the morning of December 1st, he brings with him our children's Magic Mailboxes with their little letters inside from Santa himself. And, on Christmas Eve night, the Elf on the Shelf leaves with Santa and they take and the Magic Mailboxes back to the North Pole for safekeeping until next year.
Every night after our children fall asleep, Elf moves to a new spot and a new small surprise is placed in each child's Magic Mailbox -- as long as they behaved well that day. (If there's a bad day, Santa may leave a little note inside encouraging them to do their best & to be extra good so he can send them a great treat!)
Making your own Magic Mailbox to the North Pole:
If you want to spend a little more money, I've seen specially-made mailboxes similar to the Magic Mailbox idea online. They're pretty easy to find with a google search.
However, if like us, you're on a budget, you will be happy to know that you can totally create your own Magic Mailbox for $5 or less!
Every store, including the Dollar Store, has small cardboard or tin mailboxes in their Christmas decor aisle. Most are priced between one dollar and five dollars. (I personally like the tin mailboxes best because they are durable!)
In the candy or holiday aisle, you can find lots of multi-pack Christmas-themed candy and small novelty toys, usually for around a dollar. Lollypops, Stamps, Stickers, Mini-chocolate bars, Christmas-themed pencils and glow-up bracelets are always a big hit and since they come in multi-packs, you can split them up to distribute over several days!
You can usually find small alphabet/letter stickers in the craft aisle for a dollar or two. If you have multiple children, you may want to use the stickers so you can have the names of each child on their own Magic Mailbox. (I LOVE the glittery ones!)
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