Emily Beckloff CEO & Founder of the International Elf Service
Christmas Letters, International Elf Service

How The Christmas Letters Are Made & The Philosophy Behind Them

For those interested in the ‘behind the scenes’ of how the Christmas Letters are made, and answers to some of your questions! *** The main philosophies behind the Christmas letters are to inspire children to read, to get them asking questions, and to leave as much up to their imaginations as possible, including what the […]

Beautiful layered watermelon & Pineapple Snowflake Ice Cubes. Perfect for kids' Christmas Cocktails!
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Fruity Layered Ice Cubes – Perfect For Kids’ Christmas Cocktails!

So simple to make and yet these Snowflake fruity layered ice cubes are so wonderfully beautiful and dramatic!  Perfect for giving the kids a little surprise on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day with a Christmas Cocktail.  You can make these well ahead of time and store them in a freezer bag until you want to […]

How to make beautiful paper snowflakes! International Elf Service
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How To Make Paper Snowflakes!

I first discovered these beautiful dramatic Paper Snowflake creations from Julia from Rainbeaubelle.  I made this huge snowflake last year, and then just stored it ready for this year.  You can use bog standard A4 printer paper, newspaper, wrapping paper…experiment!  I think my personal favourite is to start with a piece of A5 paper (half […]

Free From Recipes, International Elf Service

Delicious Gingerbread Cookies (Gluten Free)

I’ve found the most delicious gingerbread recipe that just happens to be gluten free.  They’re incredibly mooreish and all the non gluten free members of our family love these too.  The recipe is by Lauren from ‘Cooking For Kenza’ and these cookies are completely delicious with or without icing.  I was expecting them to be […]

The Day I dressed As Santa - By Carol
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The Day I Dressed Up As Santa – By Carol

No this isn’t a picture of Carol dressed as Santa (credit below) and thank you to Carol for this very amusing post! *** I don’t have children of my own but have a lovely step-daughter and the good fortune of being blessed with two wonderful step-grandchildren, both of whom are now young adults, 6’2” and […]

Christmas Stocking Present Ideas!
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Christmas Stocking Filler Ideas. Ways To Inject More Magic!

The anticipation of the ‘Big Delivery’ on Christmas Eve and waking excitedly on Christmas morning to see if your Christmas stocking has been filled in the night, is one of THE most fun parts about Christmas as a young child. I’m always keeping a bit of an eye out for little bits and bobs for the kids’ stockings, […]

Heartwarming Christmas TV Adverts 2016! A roundup by the International Elf Service
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Heartwarming Christmas TV Adverts 2016!

For many, the new Coca Cola Advert of the year signifies the start of the Christmas season, but there are so many other wonderful and heartwarming ads out there! Rebecca from our lovely Facebook group: Christmas Traditions & Magic For Children (do come and join us all!) started a a great thread about Christmas TV Adverts on there. […]

Creating magical Christmas memories with Elfie's Christmas Letters from the International Elf Service.
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Creating Magical Christmas Memories With Elf Letter Bundles

We’re all familiar with the ‘one letter from Santa’ concept, but these Elf letter bundles are something different…They aren’t about how good or bad you’ve been, but are about bringing newsy updates from the North Pole JUST when children start to get excited about Christmas… and what better way to create magical Christmas memories for them, […]