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Sunday, 29 November 2015

5 Thrifty Things To Do With The Children This Christmas

5 Thrifty Things To Do With The Children This Christmas
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Nasa ISS Space Station

Last year Maxwell was very impressed when he spotted Santa flying over our house on his sleigh on Christmas Eve. Santa passed just before bedtime and Maxwell thought that it was simply magical. Little did Maxwell known, in actual fact it was not "Santa" that was flying over our house but the NASA International Space station. This Christmas it will be flying over our house again on Christmas Eve and I am desperate to view it again with Maxwell, so Maxwell can have that magical Christmas Eve experience.

When the International Space Station passes over it will appear as an incredibly bright star like object. It is a bright object that may appear brighter than the moon. As the station rises (from a westerly direction) it usually gets brighter but can be a challenge to spot at first. You can use NASA's Spot the Station tool to work out when exactly you can see the International Space Station, based on the location of your nearest town/city.
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Coca-Cola Truck

This year the family favourite Coca-Cola truck is visiting 46 locations around the UK. Although the tour has started why not drop over to the Coca-Cola website to see if the Coca-Cola truck and the team are visiting you?

This year the Coca-Cola truck is promising to entertain you, your family and friends.  There will be chances to take selfies, pictures and create memories when the truck lights up and you are able to do this whilst enjoying a choice of Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Coke Zero or Coke Life.
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Royal Mail Santa Letter

With Christmas just around the corner, why not help your child create a letter for Santa? Royal Mail offer a (nearly) free service which costs just the price of a stamp which ensures Santa get's your child's Christmas letter. If your child is one of the lucky ones, sometimes the Royal Mail Santa will even drop your child a letter back in reply to their Christmas letter. Please remember to take advantage of this service,  your letter must be posted by Sunday 6 December. The address to send your letter to is:

Santa/Father Christmas,
Santa's Grotto,
Reindeerland,
XM4 5HQ

All letters should include your child's name, address and include a stamped envelope.
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Free Play At Wacky Warehouse

At Christmas, we love having fun. This Christmas why not pop down to your local Wacky Warehouse and have lots of fun?

Visit The Wacky Warehouse Website and sign up to the email newsletter and receive one free wacky play. Although this will not save you a huge amount of money, it is a free, fun, energy burning activity for children. Please note that you have 7 days to use the voucher once you have signed up to the newsletter. 
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Free Phone Call From Santa

Why not entertain your children with a simple phone call from Santa? #

This Christmas you can get your child a free personalised phone call from Santa! You will need to download the free app from Package From Santa, which is available for Android and IOS.

You are able to choose the date/time of the call 
A unique Santa message. 
Option for your child's photo to appear on the call screen
Santa will mention your child's age.

Please note the first call is free, any after that you will have to pay for.
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15 comments

  1. Great tips. It is a great time of the year for making the children's lives magical, but so expensive so every little helps x

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comment Susan.

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  2. The phone call from Santa is amazing, we set it up for my nephew last year who was unsure whether Santa was still real, his face was just priceless x

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    1. Maxwell was awestruck when he saw Santa was phoning him.

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  3. Fab tips! I love them all - its so easy to spend a lot of money of things but these thrifty idea's show that fun can be had with not spending much cash.

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  4. Lovely ideas - we track Santa on Norad every year - it is so exciting - and free :) I would love to see the Coca Cola truck! Kaz x

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    1. We will have to track Santa and we would love to see te Coca Cola truck too Kaz.

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  5. Some great ideas here! Hope you have a great Christmas!

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    1. Thank you. Wishing you a Happy Christmas.

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  6. Love this list! Have never heard of the phone call one, we shall be doing that, thanks xx

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    1. Thank you Jane. Maxwell loved the phone call from Santa.

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  7. My daughter is so excited about the Coca Cola truck coming to our city! I'll have to look into the Wacky Warehouse free play as there's one not far from us.

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  8. The Nasa one is a great idea! Will hope to try this one out :)

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  9. I never knew about the Royal Mail Santa Service. Will have to do this! Cara Kane x

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