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DO’S FOR A VISIT WITH SANTA

Santa’s Suggestions: “Dos for a Visit with Santa,” A Guide for Parents and Hostess 

These are some guidelines to help you with having not just having a Santa appearance, but a joyful realistic and relevant Santa experience.  Some of which you probably never would think of.

♥  “Do,” Assign a contact person to Santa.  Santa needs to know who is in charge at your event, and their cell phone number. Also the contact person needs to know they are responsible for Santa’s needs and should stay close by.

♥  “Do,” Start speaking of Santa as a childhood friend that you’ve known all your life.  The sooner you do this the better.  It assures your child that Santa is not a stranger, but a longtime family friend.  Doing this may bring comfort to your child even before meeting Santa, and prevent an emotional meltdown when they do.  Children key-off the emotions of their parents, they can sense it.  If you feel your child will be afraid and scared of Santa, they probably will be.  After all Santa can be a pretty scary looking person, when you first meet him!

♥  “Do,” Watch movies and cartoons about Santa.  Of course everyone knows the Tim Allen movies about Santa, there’re three of them.  Miracle on 34th, Fred Claus, The Polar Express and Elf, to name a few.

♥  “Do,” Read stories about Santa.  “The Night before “Christmas and the “Polar Express” are Santa’s favorites.

♥  “Do,” Talk to your child about Santa.  Whether you a Christian or not, just explain that Santa is really about love, joy, and the Spirit of giving.  Ask your child if they want to become a Secret Santa?  A Secret Santa is like an undercover agent for Santa, which gives gifts in secret.  Ask them if they would like to give something to someone in secret, preferably someone who is less fortunate. For example when my daughter was nine years old, we drove around town and she passed out blankets to the homeless.  It was 26 degree outside that night. They can even ask Santa to swear them in as “His Secret Agent” when they sit on his lap.  Santa only does this to kids who ask, that’s why it’s a secret.  Remind them of Santa’s and the Elf’s motto, “It’s better to give than to receive!”

♥  “Do,” If you are expecting your child to ask Santa a hard question!  Explain to your child that they’re some things Santa can’t do.  But don’t worry Santa is prepared to answer all questions:  Some children ask for a deceased parent/grandparent to be with them this Christmas.  Or daddy to be home from the military for Christmas. Maybe even divorced parents to love each other again or a happy home.  One child asked Santa this past Christmas, All I want for Christmas is for Mommy and Daddy to stop fighting.”  Yet another asked, “I want Mommy to come home for Christmas, she ran away!” And still another asked, “All I want for Christmas is a home, where Mommy and I can be together for Christmas!”  “So you thought Santa had an easy job?”

♥  “Do,” While driving to visit Santa.  Ask your child (children) have they been thinking about that one special gift they want to ask Santa to bring?  Explain to them Santa usually only brings one very, very special gift and the rest of them are from family.  This will explain why Santa comes when there’re already gifts under the tree.

♥  “Do,” Provide a parking place for Santa close to the entrance.  Place a temporary barrier in the parking space. If your event is at a hotel or office building please making parking arrangement with the management.  Have fun with this and make a sign that reads, ‘PARKING FOR SANTA ONLY.”

♥  “Do,” Provide Santa with a fan.  Remember Santa is from the North Pole and is not used to heat.  Even in the winter if the event gets crowded, he can get warm.  Plus the fact that Santa is working lifting 30-40 pounds continuously.  Having a fan near him aimed at his head and shoulders will work wonders in keeping him cool in his heavy fur trimmed suit.

♥  “Do,” Give gifts and give a ways to Santa if they are to be handed out.  Meet with Santa before he enters the building so he can place them in his bag.  Make sure each gift is labeled and is legible, and does not easily peel off.

♥  “Do,” Inform Santa about person(s) of honor or special guests that need to be recognized?  Please inform Santa of the name of the person(s) and details.  Please write it on an index card and give to Santa.

♥  “Do,” Introduce your child to Santa.  You can start by saying, “Santa this is Mary and Billy.”  This is a great ice breaker, and a wonderful way to start their visit.

♥  “Do,” Always address Santa as Santa!  Keep the magic going, even if you know Santa personally.

♥  “Do,” If there is a balance due to Santa.  It is not appropriate to hand Santa cash.  If a balance is due, when Santa is leaving, place it in an envelope, hand it to him and say, “Thank you Santa and here is a Christmas card from us, please share it with Mrs. Claus and the Elves!”

These are some guidelines to help you with having not just having a Santa appearance, but a joyful realistic and relevant Santa experience.  Some of which you probably never would think of.

DON’TS FOR A VISIT WITH SANTA

Santa’s Suggestions: “Don’ts for a visit with Santa,” A Guide for Parents and Hostess.

♥  First and foremost, “Don’t,” Force a crying, kicking, or screaming child onto Santa’s lap.  Once a child’s mind is made up, it’s over. Period.

♥  Secondly, “Don’t,” Threaten the child with statements like:  “If you don’t sit on Santa’s lap he won’t bring you any presents, or “Santa’s going to put you on the naughty list.”  None of these things will cause a child’s mood to swing from hysteria to happiness, trust me. Plus Santa doesn’t like you speaking for him either!

♥  “Don’t,” Keep a crying child around other children waiting to see Santa.  Remember hysteria is contagious.  Remove the child to another room and comfort them.  If you don’t remove them quickly you could spoil the event for everyone.  Return with the child when they have calmed down, and moved into their comfort zone. Let them observe other children visiting Santa for a while. Sometimes they overcome their fear and see it is a fun thing to do. Then try to reintroduce them to Santa. However, they may be too traumatized to change their minds today.  Please read the list of “dos” to help a child overcome his fear of Santa.

♥  “Don’t,” Thrust babies or children onto Santa’s lap with wet, soiled clothes, or dirty, sticky hands and faces.  Santa knows that visits with him can make you nervous and accidents can happen at a moment’s notice. So babies and toddlers with wet drapers, you will be asked to change them.  Then you will be readmitted to the front of the line, just ask one of the helpers. Sticky hands and faces can get struck in Santa’s beard and soil his suit.  Also dirty hands or noses are the top transmitters of common germs.  Remember, Santa maybe seeing a small group or hundreds of children at one time

These are some guidelines to help you with having not just having a Santa appearance, but a joyful realistic and relevant Santa experience.  Some of which you probably never would think of.