This is the first year that my firstborn “gets” Christmas. She is almost 3 years old. It’s truly amazing how much more meaningful and delightful the holiday season is with little ones, especially when they’re of age to enjoy the festivities. Tasks as simple as baking cookies take on an entirely new, magical meaning (to leave cookies for a very hungry and tired Santa). She recognizes Santa everywhere and lights up every time his name is mentioned.
So when several different friends sent me links to an online message service from Santa, I confess, I initially brushed off those 3 or 4 emails. I was really busy working, writing, decorating, wrapping gifts and trying to get those never-ending holiday cards in the mail. Well, after the 5th email about it, I finally decided to check out Santa. Within 10 minutes, I was able to input all of the information and photos. And when I watched the video to my daughter for the first time, I cried. I know, I’m a sap. But, while I watched, I tried to think about the world through her eyes, and what she would think when she watched the video and saw Santa for the first time. I was overwhelmed with emotions – excitement, wonder, curiosity, and altruism. It felt like magic.
When my daughter watched the video, she beamed from ear to ear and wouldn’t dare remove her eyes from the computer screen. She couldn’t believe that Santa knew her so well! He knew her name, age, what vacations she’d taken over the past year and what toy she had asked for from him (he even had a photo of the toy!). So she asked to watch the video again, and again, and again. After about the 10th time, I cut off the video watching for the night. And we have probably seen the video 25 times since.
If you have little ones and believe in Santa, check out this video below – it gives you a glimpse of what’s to come if you personalize your own:
When you’re ready to personalize your video from Santa, here is the link: Create Your Message From Santa. You can create a message for a toddler, child and/or an adult. You will probably need 3-4 photos: 1) the person; 2) 2 photos with meaningful places you went/visited throughout the year, or that have specific importance to your family; 3) a photo of the item that your child has asked for from Santa. The video is 1-1.5 minutes long.
A few of my friends even created messages for every one of their “Santa age” children.
So go get cranking and come back to let us know what you think of Santa’s message(s)!
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