Of course, Santa loves to make a grand entrance. Some children like the anticipation of Santa’s visit and some like to be surprised! Either way, let Santa know ahead of time.
The excitement is overwhelming and sometimes children may even cry. Directing their attention to Mrs. Claus helps them to be unafraid. Later, they may warm up to Santa or they may be more comfortable staying with me. We do not wish for any child to be afraid or cry.
Santa is usually having so much fun he sometimes forgets he needs to return to the Workshop to make more toys. Neither of us wear a watch, so please help us by watching the time.
Before the children visit individually with Santa, I will ask the children to gather in front of us. We answer those questions that only a child's imagination can contemplate. Then Santa will invite the children to sing some of his favorite songs - Jingle Bells and Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer.
Santa always enjoys reading his favorite story, “T’was the Night Before Christmas.” He loves to show the beautiful illustrations from the book I gave him one Christmas. Sometimes I will read a very special letter written by little girl a very long time ago, “Yes Virginia, There is A Santa Claus.”
Then Santa will invite each child to sit with us and tell Santa their Christmas wishes. He never promises a specific gift, but he always promises each child a very special Christmas surprise.
Sometimes, there are presents that cannot wait until Christmas morning. Santa and I will hand out those presents, and if time allows, each child will open them while sitting with us. Photos from these moments are treasures.
Later, after lots of invididual and group photos, Santa will tell the children to gather at a window and watch us fly away in the sleigh. We will be traveling fast, so they will have to watch carefully with their eyes and hearts as we wave goodbye.
The elves suggest decorating your background to be perfect for Christmas memories. One idea from Santa is to decorate as you remember your home when you were a child. Not all phones and cameras work well with Christmas tree lights and background windows. Try your camera before our visit to eliminate glares and distractions.
If our visit is live and on-screen, her are a few additional ideas:
To see us:
You can use a phone or computer to see us. A big-screen TV connected to your computer or phone will work well if there are more than a few gathered.
For us to see you:
Your computer or phone probably has a camera, but that may be difficult if more than a few are gathered. If you are able, connect a separate camera to let us see all of the children in the room. You can even connect your computer to your TV to watch us, and use a separate phone or camera for us to see you.
To hear us:
Your computer or TV speakers will probably work great. If you can connect extra speakers, even better.
For us to hear you:
Your computer or phone probably have a microphone, but the room noise sometimes makes it difficult for us to hear each child. It may be best to connect a seperate microphone directly or wirelessly to the computer. A parent will be helpful to hold the microphone close to the child who is speaking.
If you have any suggestions how we can make our time together even more special, please contact Santa.
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Merry Christmas and God Bless us one and all!