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"Santa Claus! I know him! I know him!"
If you're a Christmas movie buff like myself, you know where both those lines came from.
You probably LOVE Christmas and keeping Santa around for as long as possible. My girls are 8 and almost 10. I know that I may only have a year or two left where they fully believe in Santa. And maybe it's selfish, but I can't let Santa go. I will be "THAT MOM". The one that tells me teenager Santa is real, even if it's just to spread Christmas cheer ("The best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear.").
When my girls were little, and when I taught Kindergarten, I let Santa help me. I reminded my kids, Santa is watching.
I got the Elf (this I kinda regret as moving that bugger is exhausting). My elf brought letters from Santa. And I did the Santa videos to my kids.
Now, if your kids don't believe anymore, you can stop here. You don't need all this info. But if your little one still believe. Still pray to hear reindeer hooves, dream of what Santa has brought. And you want to keep that for as long as possible. Then this post is for you. All my apps, websites, stationary and more. That I use.
**Note: Yes, I realize this is a lie. Yes, I teach my kids not to lie, but if you (like me) believe that Santa is a mascot for all the Christmas kindness, cheer, generosity and all the good things that come with the season. And yes, I will have to apologize about the Tooth Fairy and Easter Bunny at some point too.
1. Santa's Phone Number
Ok, this is great. Keep it in your phone contacts as "Santa". Show your kids you have his number. If you must, call and leave a VM of the fighting, or not cleaning their rooms that has gone on. BUT be sure to also call in front of them (make sure Santa is on Speaker) to tell Santa when they have been extra good, kind to each other, helped you or a friend. The phone goes both ways and rewarding the positive behavior with calls keeps it going. Here it is:
I got the number from Money Saving Sisters. As I always want to give credit for those who helped me out.
2. Santa Claus Writes
This one isn't Free, but if you think your little angels need a personalized Post Card from Santa to remind them to be on the nice list, it's probably worth it. You can also schedule a phone call, letters and packages. P.S. Not sure if the code still works as I got the email a few weeks ago, but if it does, hooray!
3. Portable North Pole
This is a site I have used for a few years now. You plug in a few details about your child and they email you a link to a special video. Sit your kiddo in your lap, click the link and Bam a video from Santa with specific details about your child. You can even mark naughty or nice. So if it's naughty, Santa gives them some tips to get on the nice list...I may have used that video once or twice. Just saying. My girls are no perfect. (though either is their mom, so you know)
4. Catch Santa
This is an app and they have them for both Apple and Android. I did this 2 years in a row, and it's probably the main reason my girls are still on board. Download the app, take a photo of your tree or wherever you want Santa, choose the Santa image that best fits the photo and bam. Santa is in your home. Then set your phone at a believe angle to catch the image on Christmas Eve. Grab your phone in the morning (charge it if you forgot to put it on power saving mode), find the image, and show it to your kids. Excitement abounds.
Website for Android: Catch Santa
Website for Apple: Catch Santa
5. Have Santa Write a Letter
Want Santa to respond to your child's Santa List? Or even just write a letter to remind them to be good? Then USPS has a way for Santa to write them with postage and everything. Simply click on the image above for Santa Stationary, then follow the instructions HERE from USPS. Complete with an address and how to get the letter back to your child. Nothing more magical.
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Melody is a wife, mother of 2 girls, lover of God, family, connection and love. A series case of Wanderlust and a bit of a foodie, Melody seeks to capture the truest image of each family, each milestone, each moment that her clients can cherish.