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I'm a bit of a Christmas disaster zone, truth be told. Every year, despite the warning signs that start somewhere post Halloween, (the piped music, mince pies and general increase in tat to buy in the shops) the festivities always creep up on me. Despite all my good intentions that this *will* be the year I get organised, our cards are always sent on about the 22nd of December, our cake is resoundingly never made weeks in advance like Delia says it should be, and, truth be told in our house Father Christmas can often be found wrapping presents on the 24th with some sort of liquid refreshment on hand....assuming he has even finished his shopping by the big day itself.
In an endeavour to avoid this kind of mayhem this year, I purchased these cards from Usborne, they can be bought at £4 on Amazon, I paid a couple of pounds back in October from "the Book People" (bargain I feel), and once they had arrived felt rather smug at my amazing organisation. This feeling wasn't to last, but it was great whilst it did.
The box contains 20 cards in all, my plan was to get the kids to colour them and maybe sprinkle them with glitter. The cards came in a little box, complete with red festive looking envelopes. The cards themselves are made of very good quality paper, what's great about them is that they all consist of designs like the one on the front of the box (pictured above) which feature a coloured background and empty shapes to fill. They are printed on the front, inside they have a printed colour image which reflects the front of the card, and there's even a little picture to colour in on the back fo the card. The way the cards have been printed means that you can't really go over the lines too noticeably and the results children achieve with them if my experience is to be believed are actually quite surprisingly good. The cards are all of different designs, and though non feature a religious scene as such, all quite festive and with attractive designs featuring such delights as an ice skating fox and Santa stuck in the chimney (cue singing of song loudly from my artistes).
As a creative endeavour, bar choosing the colour to use, these aren't too demanding on children, actually in my experience that might be a good thing, perhaps I've had to rhapsodise over one too many card produced at school of a festive tree that looks like it has seen better days. In any case my kids were keen to colour in these cards and having carefully divided them between them soon got going and, I have to say, made a great job of them, bar one rather strange robin with a purple breast and a brown snow man (glitter I find can cover a multiple of sins), they actually looked really rather good, on the scale of kids' cards. The card they are made from is thick enough not to get soaked through by felt tip, and worked equally well with wax crayons and pencils. My children really enjoyed colouring in these cards, sadly once they were done I found out that they didn't include a self writing feature and......well you can guess the rest!
Nonetheless, for those of you with children or a fondness for felt tip pens, I thoroughly recommend these cards, I found them the perfect excuse not to buy the card from school that they made (I assume it's not only my school that flogs these - cards printed from some dreadful picture your offspring have produced, normally a wonky candle, dodgy looking snowman or similar at over a fiver a pop), and if by some chance I don't get round to sending them this year I am sure they will keep wonderfully until next October, when obviously this time I will be writing my cards well in advance.....honest.