25 Days Of Christmas~Better Late Than Never

Sigh…….Don’t you LOVE the little ones?The WONDER and the FIRM belief they have in all things magical?Without any doubt whatsoever, they are thrilled and mystified by this time of year.

I want to treasure these years as much as I can, since I KNOW they won’t last long.

Case in point…….

I wanted to make “Santa footprints” for Christmas morning this year, but I forgot when we celebrated on Wed.

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So, this a.m. “Santa” stopped by to leave one last thing and left footprints in front of our fireplace (thanks Mare for the great idea!).

They didn’t see them at first, so I asked my oldest (and most observant) to go pick up some toys over there before breakfast.

She walked in the room and picked up an armful of toys and then stopped and looked…….then took a step and looked more…….and finally went over and bent over to investigate further. She didn’t even see the “fairy dust” that Santa left.

She came and said “Mom, there’s something on the ground…..I think it’s footprints”

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Aislyn and I promptly came to investigate too.

I acted surprised and Aislyn was in awe too.

I said “I think it’s from Santa’s boots”, then I pointed to the necklaces hanging on the fireplace and said “Look, I think he left you guys some fairy dust!”

They asked what it was on the ground and I told them it must be magical North Pole snow that doesn’t melt.

They both gave me the “oh, that makes great sense!” look and went back to touching the snow and talking about Santa’s visit and his “magical, non~melting snow”.

Just like that…..they believed that it was Santa’s footprints.


It’s great to be 3 and 5 (and have your parents make fake footprints on your carpet with flour)

They were so excited to show daddy when he woke up. They both explained to him about the magical non~melting snow as if they knew it all along.

So fun to have little ones.

So, even though this is late for this year…..keep it in mind for next year. You might even be able to use baking soda…….I just didn’t have enough.

To make yours: Find hubby’s boot and trace in onto a large piece of paper and cut out. Then, use the “hole” for a stencil and use a fine mesh sieve to sprinkle flour onto the carpet. Then, tap excess off your stencil and turn it over next to the 1st one to make the other foot (turning it over makes it the opposite shoe, so you only have to cut one stencil).

Have fun!

About Emily Mcdonald

Emily McDonald is the owner of Not So Idle Hands and lives in Colorado with her hot hubby and 3 cute daughters. When she's not battling ADHD, Fibro, or Migraines she loves to be downstairs playing with all her pretty crafty things making fun stuff. She also runs an awesome Etsy Shop by the same name where she gets to sell shiny supplies to make pretty stuff {check it out!}.


  1. That is such a cute idea!!

    The faith and wonder of a little one is amazing, isn’t it?

  2. THis is a super idea!

  3. That is so clever!
    Thanks for the inspiration.

  4. That is a genius idea and one I will certainly do next year! Thanks! Merry Christmas!

  5. This is such a cool idea! I wish I had thought about it when my kids were little!

  6. Wonderful idea! My nephews would have picked up on that they look like Santa jumped in one place to make the prints. I know we would have to make them look like he was walking into the room. :)

  7. Way cool! I wish my parents would have done that for me! LOL. I will definitely do it for mine when she gets older. She’s only 2 :(

  8. This is an SOOOOO LOVE THIS.

  9. oops. I meant to say this is AWESOME

  10. Love it! Way cute idea.

  11. This is a WONDERFUL idea!! I am going to try this next year. My kids will love it!!

  12. I loved this idea so much that I posted a blog over at The Gentle Giant about you and this particular idea. I love all of your crafts and have a feeling I’ll be doing similar posts in the future. Thanks for the inspiration!



  13. This is too cute! Thanks for sharing and the wonderful way of writing :)

  14. Love this I am going to use this

  15. Does anyone usle have hoilday ideas??

  16. My Mum used to do this when we were little too, but she used real charcoal from our fireplace and stomped around in gumboots – must have taken her ages to clean up! She also made ‘bunny prints’ at Easter using talcum powder by bending her middle three fingers and using her knuckles to make an impression that looked like rabbit footprints, and used to leave a bit of cotton ball stuck in our sliding door as the Easter Bunnies fur. We thought it was so magic :-)

  17. i hope i’ll be able to do this in december! nice idea!

  18. How can I do this on floor?

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