Prove to your child that Santa is real. Here is a list of some ideas you can use to bring the magic into your home.
- Leave some milk and cookies for Santa and carrots for the reindeer. After your child goes to bed, eat some of the cookies and leave some crumbs along with a half-eaten cookie. Nibble on the carrot too. You can even let the family dog chew on it to make the bite marks more believable. Spray your hand with some cooking spray and hold the milk glass to leave a handprint. Then while it is still wet, sprinkle some glitter over it so it shines from Santa’s magic.
- Have Mrs. Clause send a package to the kids on Christmas Eve filled with new pajamas.
- Get a picture of Santa in your home. Take a picture of the tree and the surrounding area and upload it to www.capturethemagic.com. Choose from one of the many pictures of Santa in action around the tree. Pay $10 and download the picture. Show the kids the next morning and tell them you stayed up all night to take the picture.
- On Christmas Eve, have your child track Santa throughout the globe on www.noradsanta.org.
- Have your child leave a note to Santa along with the milk and cookies. Disguise your writing and have Santa leave a separate thank you note or have him write on the back or bottom of your child’s note.
- Listen for Santa’s sleigh. Have a family member or a neighbor shake some bells outside the house at night or throw some stones up on the roof above your children’s bedrooms. This may not get them to fall asleep any faster but it will definitely increase their excitement!
- Leave evidence in your house or outside your house that Santa and his reindeer were there. Leave Santa’s footprints on your carpet using fake snow, some mud in the foyer from Rudolph’s hooves or leave sleigh and reindeer tracks in the snow outside.
- Make some elf footprints using toddler shoes and glitter.
- Have Santa call your home and talk to your child. Make sure you have someone call from a number that the kids won’t recognize and that it is someone whose voice they won’t recognize.
- Create an e-mail account and have Santa send the kids an email.
- Hide the wrapping paper or have each child pick out their favorite wrapping paper for their presents. You can tell them you are helping Santa. Having a different type of wrapping paper for each child prevents Santa from having to take time to write each child’s name on the present and on Christmas morning, it’s easy for each child to see which gift is theirs.
- The famous Elf on the Shelf. The elf can be found at many retailers for around $30. It comes with a book and an explanation of the elf. The elf can be lots of fun for the kids and the parents if you are into being creative. You can check out some funny ideas here.
- A family member can dress up as Santa and visit the house or neighborhood. Make sure Santa wears gloves and it is a different person each year.
- If your kids are sneaky, you could hide the gifts at another family member’s house or the neighbor’s house. If wrapping the presents is a feat each year, you could pay the babysitter to wrap them for you and keep them at her house until Christmas Eve.
- Leave some more evidence that Santa was at your house such as Santa’s hat, glove, glasses or even a scrap of felt from his suit.
- Do the kids question how Santa enters your house if you don’t have a fireplace? Go to the store and have them pick out a key that can be made especially for Santa. Have them choose one that already has a design on it or they can decorate it themselves with some paint and/or glitter. You could even use an old key or a skeleton key with a ribbon on it.
- Have your child make some Magic Reindeer Food and sprinkle it outside on Christmas Eve. Use 1 cup of oats, 3 tablespoons of red sugar, 3 tablespoons of green sugar and 3 tablespoons of glitter. Put it in a baggie and tie it with a bow. Then, attach this poem: Sprinkle this reindeer food outside tonight. The moonlight will make it sparkle bright. As the reindeer fly and roam, this will guide them to your home.
- Watch Santa feed his reindeer at 11:00am, 6:00pm and 9:00pm EST at www.reindeercam.com. When Santa isn’t feeding them, you can still watch them throughout the day.
- About 2 weeks before Christmas, mail your child a letter from Mrs. Clause that lists Santa’s favorite cookie recipe. This will give your child plenty of time to make a list of the ingredients, get them and then bake Santa’s favorite cookie.
- Wondering where to send letters to Santa? Have your child write their letter and just address the envelope to Santa, North Pole.
- Take advantage of The Letters From Santa program. Here’s how Letters From Santa works:
- Insert the letter into an envelope addressed to your child with the return address: SANTA, NORTH POLE.
- Write a letter to your child from Santa Claus and sign it “From Santa.”
- Ensure a First-Class Mail® stamp is affixed to the envelope.
- Place the envelope into a larger envelope, with appropriate postage, and address the larger envelope to:
NORTH POLE POSTMARK
4141 POSTMARK DR
ANCHORAGE AK 99530-9998
- Your letter “From Santa” will be mailed back to your child.
- Letters From Santa must be mailed to the Anchorage, AK, postmaster no later than Dec. 10, 2012. Santa’s helpers in Anchorage, AK, will take care of the rest.