There comes a time in every child’s life when a little bit of magic escapes.
A time when they are ready to move on to new beliefs. . . but what if the time’s not right!
What if someone has planted a seed of doubt in a little person’s mind?
Have you had that heart wrenching moment when your 6 year old asks “Is Santa real?”
Here’s my top 10 ways to help them believe in the Christmas magic.
These days with our tech savvy kids there are many helpful options to spread some magic. . .
1. What if Santa was caught on camera. . . that has to be real right!
YouTube has some amazing evidence; check out this, this and this.
2. Imagine being able to track Santa’s progress on Christmas Eve… well you can at NORAD. This amazing site has various Apps for tracking Santa, plus activities and Frequently Ask (hard to answer) Questions about Santa.
3. You can’t blame kids these days for being a bit sceptical about flying reindeers and glowing red noses, but here’s the proof that they really exist. . . check out Santa’s Live Feed at Reindeer Cam.
You can even check in at feeding time when Santa is feeding the reindeer.
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- PST (Pacific) – 8AM, 3PM & 6PM
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- CST (Central) – 10AM, 5PM & 8PM
- EST (Eastern) – 11AM, 6PM & 9PM
- GMT UTC – 4PM, 11PM, 2AM
4. Why not keep up with Santa on Twitter. . . oh yeah, Santa is so keeping up with the times. Who would have thought that Santa would have a twitter account. You can read his tweets here.
5. All Santa’s gifts have special North Pole wrapping paper. . . it’s never the same as Grandad’s or Uncle Pete’s and you definitely wouldn’t have anything like it at your house!
6. Kids love to search for their presents. . . especially if they suspect mum and dad are the providers, so enlist some outside storage help in the form of a relative or neighbour.
7. Here’s a biggie. . . what if there is no chimney!! No problem. . . leave a key under the front door mat with a note inviting Santa in.
8. “Sleighbells ring. . . are you listening?”
How about a little unexpected excitement on Christmas eve. . . let’s be honest, those kids are too excited to get to sleep on time anyway. When they are all settled in bed there might be some unexpected jingle bells heard in the distance. . . like next door or out the back. Ask if they heard that and then remind them that Santa won’t come to their house until everyone is asleep.
9. Imagine everyone’s surprise on Christmas morning to find that Santa has left something behind. . . like a white glove or a red velvet hat.
I remember one year when my girls were young the reindeers even left a big mound of poop on our front lawn – how disgusting!! Over the years we’ve had puddles of water from melted snow (given it is summer in Australia at Christmas), dirty boot prints on the floor and there was always the tell tale cookie crumbs and empty milk glass. . . that is until daddy found out that Santa preferred a cold beer when he got to Australia. . . on account of how hot it is of course!
10. The book and movie The Polar Express is such a touching and heart-warming story that reminds us to BELIEVE in the magic of Christmas. How amazing would it be if your children received a sleigh bell each under the tree on Christmas morning!
I’m sharing my Top 10 list at this week’s link parties and with these friends: French Country Cottage, The Vintage Farmhouse, 36th Avenue, Clean and Scentsible, Live Laugh Rowe, The DIY Dreamer, Transformation Thursday, At The Picket Fence, Nifty Thrifty Sunday and Tutorials & Tips Link party.
Kerryanne, what lovely ways to prolong the magic. Children ‘grow-up’ way too quickly these days so it is lovely if they hold on to something like this for as long as possible.
great links, thanks! i have been using different wrap for a few years now and have even started to type up tags because they know my hand writing ~_~
Those are some fabulous ways to keep the belief alive. We were kept on our toes the last four years our oldest still believed. He compared handwriting on the gift tags and the note from Santa, to our handwritting, (he he he Mommy is sooo sneaky) He SAVED gift tags one year to compare to the following year. He added secret codes to his letters to Santa and marked envelopes so he would know if they were tampered with…. oh it was so much fun to watch his face year after year when he had proof put there that Santa was real. It was so amazing to watch that belief and wonder light up his eyes. He finally gave up last year (at 13) and the few years before were probably more for my benefit than out of belief of the big guy in red, but still. Making Santa come alive for our children makes him come alive for me too!
Wouldn’t it be great if the believe lived on forever! How happy children would be knowing Santa is real even tho their friends tell them differently.
Angela at A Typical English Home says
We follow Santa on Norad every Christmas Eve, love it! You missed this one of your list though – http://www.portablenorthpole.com
Your child can get a (free) personalised message from Santa himself! The big guy films a new one each year so that your child wont complain that it’s suspiciously similar to last years one, and you can give him photos and personal information about your kid (personality traits, things their parents have asked them to do, etc) that he’ll include 😉