It’s now November, and as you may have noticed- the countdown to Christmas has officially begun. For the next 8 weeks, the stores will be full of gifts, sweet treats and decorations- and your TV screens will be filled to the brim with festivity. If you have kids and want to make the festive season even more exciting for them, you can take some measures to really make your home into a festive wonderland.
One way to do this is to build your own little Santa’s grotto in the living room or in the garden, and really show your children the magic of Christmas.
If you are already planning on building some sort of out-building in your backyard, you may have hired a company such as Armstrong Steel to build a steel framed building and secure the space in your yard so it is safe for electricity. If so, this is the perfect opportunity to make your garden into Santa’s Grotto. Cover the floor in fake snow, add a couple of LED reindeers and plenty of fairy lights, and make your outbuilding into a temporary festive cave for the kids to enjoy.
If you don’t plan on building anything in the garden, that’s fine too: you can get creative in the house and make a den in the living room. Like you would with any den- you could use a large tent which you are able to stand up in, or simply take some chairs and make a fort in your main room. Once you’ve built the structure, cover it in white blankets and then decorate it with paper decorations and string fairy lights up on the outside. Once inside, you can add fairy lights in here and plenty of cushions on the floor for you and the kids to sit with Santa.
Build up the outside of the grotto with cardboard and scrunched up foil to give the feeling of texture and structure to your door frame. Add some boxes around the area to create some height, and get creative with fake snow to make the outside of your grotto look like it fell straight from Lapland.
Add some snowflake glitter and decorations for added magic on the outside, and now you can work on the inside more closely.
For the inside of your Santa’s grotto, it would be great if you could add a small tree and decorate it with festive baubles and tinsel. Then you can place a pile of presents underneath the tree to create the effect, and finish off with some Christmas crackers in amongst the branches.
For Santa’s seat, if your den is tall enough, place a chair in the middle of the grotto and decorate it with icicles, tinsel and plenty of baubles to make your makeshift throne. Finish the whole thing off with a miniature sleigh and reindeer, and then invite the kids in to enjoy their visit to Santa. Make the whole scene magical and leave it as a surprise so that when your child comes into the house, they have no idea what you’ve been up to. It will make the surprise even more magical and will let your child keep believing in Santa for another year.