(BPT) – How do you keep the magic of Christmas alive during the mad rush of the holidays? The trick to nurturing the sense of wonderment that is such a delight to watch in children, is simply to let kids be kids. Encourage imaginations to soar with a few special holiday traditions that allow them to truly believe in all the magic of Christmas and Santa Claus. Even though it’s busy, you will be glad you cherished this time of innocent enchantment while it lasted.
It’s tempting to skip the snaking line that can take hours in malls to meet Santa, to forget to make time to help children send their letters to Mr. Claus at the North Pole or make holiday cookies to munch, but it’s these little things that will guarantee these young years are filled with the magic of believing.
Families who celebrate Christmas know the many questions the little ones have this time of year. They wonder about everything from what Santa and his reindeer look like, if Santa really remembers them, and how he finds their house on Christmas Eve. By filling their world with the spirit of the season, you really are making this precious time memorable forever. You will know it was worth it when you see their eyes light up, full of anticipation and wonderment.
Here are some fun holiday tips to give your kids mingle-time with jolly old Saint Nicholas, and make this time of year a treasure!
* Ask a friend to play Santa – For younger children, meeting Santa Claus at the house or a family gathering is a real thrill. Ask a friend to wear a Santa costume, tell them personal information about your children’s wishes, and the kids will be amazed by Santa’s magical knowledge.
* Attend a community event – Many communities invite Santa to stop by, so this is the perfect chance for your children to share their wish lists with the big guy himself. It might not be a very personalized Santa encounter, but the experience of seeing the man in the big red suit is exhilarating for kids.
* Receive a magical digital message – Portable North Pole is a very personalized Santa experience in the form of a video message for your children, from Santa, sent to your computer or smartphone. What makes these videos so memorable is that you can personalize them with details and photos ahead of time, providing Santa – and his elves – all they need to do to create a message showing Santa cares. Via this free service, you can request a phone call from Santa too, even on Christmas Day.
The video messages are so visually beautiful, revealing scenes from Santa’s Village in the North Pole where elves are testing toys in the workshop, or Santa is feeding his reindeer, that they will convert even the most suspicious of little ones. Santa, a powerful role-model, gives encouraging messages such as “do your best” or asks, “are you being nice?” Plus, the website provides other videos for those questions like “How does Santa deliver all his presents in only one night” or “How does Santa know who’s naughty or nice?”
Now’s the time to start getting your family excited for the holidays, and frequent reminders that Santa is watching helps to keep a little bit of calm during this busy time of year.