5 Kid Friendly Holiday Activities

December 4th, 2014

kid friendly holiday activities Although Santa Claus and I don’t have any kids of our own, we want all kids to stay busy during the holiday season when they are off from school. Toys such as video games are always fun, as is watching television, but there are so many more things a child can do, so here are five kid friendly activities that I sometimes use with the younger elves.

 

1. Baking Cookies

My husband loves to eat the cookies that are left for him near the fireplaces on Christmas Eve, so I think children will enjoy making the cookies themselves. You and your little helpers can use recipes to bake ginger cookies, oatmeal raisin cookies, or any of their favorite cookies.
2. Treasure Hunt

This is an activity kids can do on their own, but parents have to plan and set it up. An at-home treasure hunt is a great way to get your kids off the couch. By creating a simple treasure map and creating interesting clues, you get your kids excited about hunting and finding the “treasures” you have hidden around the house.

 

3. Make a Movie

Children have great imaginations and they can put this talent to use by making their own movie. You can tell the kids to come up with a story idea and characters, and then give them an IPhone, camcorder, video camera or anything else you have available for shooting a video. There are free video editing programs the kids can use.

 

4. Go to the Library

The library is a way to get the kids out of the house. Most libraries have story time and other activities for children of all ages. Some offer arts and crafts classes, talks about science or animals, writing classes, and concerts for children. You can also check out books to encourage your kids to read more during the holidays.

 

5. Scrapbooking

Scrapbooking is a creative way for children to create a book of memories. Not many people know this, but Santa has been scrapbooking forever. There are scrapbooking kits made just for kids. You can encourage them to collect and save mementos that they may then want to put in the scrapbook.

As Mrs. Claus, I want to have Santa provide children with the toys that they want. However, I also want kids to be productive, and creative. I think these five kid friendly activities will provide hours of fun for your children.

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Dollars for Schools

December 2nd, 2014

Dollars for Schools
 

What is Talk to Santa?

Talk to Santa is a partnership with Toys for Tots providing live and personalized video chats between children and our network of over 250 professional Santas. Parents or other adult family members fill out a questionnaire that provides Santa with magical insights such as what the child has been doing that is both nice and naughty, the fact that they might have just won a spelling bee, science fair or sports trophy. Our target audience is children between the ages of 3 and 10 years old. 15% of all proceeds go directly to Toys for Tots.
 

How Does It Work?

When you join our Dollars for Schools program we create a unique promo code for you such as MapleGroveSchool02. This code will be embedded into a uniquely crafted pdf flyer and can be sent in an email you send out to the schools parents or you can print it and send it home with the students. When the families in your school purchase a video chat with Santa they enter your promo code and your school receives $7.50 per session. Since Santa Claus is timeless this creates a recurring annual fundraising annuity for your school.
 

How Do I Sign Up?

It’s easy. Simply click on this link to fill out a form and we will contact you and send you your custom school promo code.
 

Questions? Call us at 720-282-4555

 
 
 

Thanksgiving time is here!

November 27th, 2014

Thanksgiving time is a wonderful time to reconnect with loved ones and talk about what you are thankful for. We know that you can’t always be with all the people you love so we are offering a special for those of you interested in talk to Santa via our live video conferencing along with up to 4 other remote locations. This means your little ones can talk right to Santa via live video AND your family across the world can tune in and see their reaction and even join in on the fun!

Thanksgiving is the day you should spend with family. Why not chat with Santa and your family around the world! Book a personalized live video call with Santa and get up to 4 additional remote locations for FREE! That is a savings of $20! Use promo code turkeyday to receive this deal. http://www.talktosanta.com/

 

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Tips To Avoid Last Minute Holiday Shopping

November 25th, 2014

Tips to avoid last minute holiday shopping from Talk to Santa
 
Every year we have difficulty shopping for all the little ones on our lists. With so many nieces and nephews, getting the perfect gift can be stressful. Even more stressful is waiting till the last minute to get the perfect gift. This extra last minute stress can zap the joy out of the holiday season. To help avoid this joy zapping behavior, here are several tips to avoid last minute holiday shopping.
 

List The Favorites

I learned this tip from my husband. He is all about making lists! Having a list of favorite TV and movies is an excellent way to generate that perfect Christmas idea. If our young ones are fanatical about a particular show, they may enjoy products based on that show. Building a list of favorite shows is a great way to buy a customized gift, without needing to ask their favorites at the last minute.
 

Celebrate Black Friday

Every year after Thanksgiving many stores host Black Friday sales. Those that shop during these sales find fantastic deals. Beyond the money they save, they also get all their Christmas shopping done way in advance. Black Friday shopping decreases both the fiscal stress and the last minute gift giving stress.
 

Shop Year Round

Buying a Christmas gift doesn’t have to happen just in December. Instead a gift can be bought at anytime in the year. For example, if a child mentions they want something in June, that may be the perfect time to pick the item up. The gift will be an extra surprise as the child realizes you remembered what they wanted earlier in the year. The truth is that you had the present ready for many months. This year round shopping also opens up a year’s worth of sales to be had. Christmas gifts can be bought at an Easter or Valentine’s day sale.
 

Use Layover

Gifts don’t have to all be bought at once. Instead of putting down a lot of money, a person can choose many gifts and put them all on layover. These gifts can then be slowly purchased through a series of payments. Not only does this ease up the fiscal stress of the holiday season, it helps ensure the shopping part is already taken care of way in advance. When the final payment is completed, an adult can pick up the bunch of toys at the customer service desk. Some stores will even gift wrap these toys as well, making their layover service extra convenient.
 
 
 

Carrots are a great treat for the Reindeer

November 22nd, 2014

Recently Santa was featured in the Miz Meliz blog and radio show. This video is a fantastic example of what your personalized experience can be if you schedule a live video conference with Santa. One of the great tips santa gives in this call is to leave a little something for the reindeer. It is true that Santa loves all those yummy cookies and treats the good boys and girls leave for him on Christmas Eve but sometimes the reindeer get a little jealous. This is why Santa suggest leaving some carrots for the reindeer to snack on as they cruise the earth dropping off presents on Christmas eve.

Did you have a great experience talking to Santa via TalktoSanta.com? If so post your video on our Facebook page or send us a link and we will feature you in our blog!

 

Thanksgiving at the North Pole

November 20th, 2014

Talk to Santa even at thanksgiving timeHere at the North Pole, all of our guests assume that Christmas is the only holiday Santa and I care about. While we and the elves work hard all year long to make sure Christmas is special for all good boys and girls, everyone here really loves and looks forward to Thanksgiving. You see, for us, Thanksgiving is a chance to get together, relax before the final Christmas push, enjoy a great meal and take a moment to give thanks for all the many blessings we receive.

Thanksgiving in our home is a fun and festive time for everyone. While everyone waits as the food is prepared, Santa’s reindeer play games in the yard. The reindeer games are an annual Thanksgiving tradition everyone loves to watch and have become the event of the season here at the North Pole. The reindeer really go all out and put on a spectacular show for us! Friendly bets are placed between the elves and the losers have to wash all of the dishes and help me with the after dinner clean up chores. The winning elf gets to enjoy an extra helping of dessert as well as a new hat and stockings I make each year as the grand prize.

Thanksgiving at our house includes all the familiar things like turkey, dressing, cranberry relish and sweet potatoes. We also have a grazing bar for the reindeer that has lots of different lettuces, grasses, carrots and other vegetables they love. Of course, Santa has a tendency to overindulge in food and usually I try to keep him in check. However, on Thanksgiving I do not keep track of what or how much he is eating so it is a special day for everyone.

After dinner, we like to gather around the fireplace and enjoy hot cocoa and dessert while the reindeer munch on sugar cubes and apples. For the elves and myself, I always have pies and an assortment of candy. Of course, I always have cookies for Santa. It amazes me that Santa has a taste for cookies after all these years, but believe me when I say he most certainly does!

When I married Mr. Claus years and years ago, I never anticipated how much year round preparation goes into making Christmas special for every good girl and boy. Now that I know firsthand what it takes from Santa and his team of elves and reindeer to make Christmas so wonderful, I try to outdo myself every year and make each Thanksgiving at our home in the North Pole even better than the last. I simply love opening up our home to our friends and giving them the chance to enjoy one another’s company, a great meal, fun and fellowship and lots of laughter. When the Christmas rush really kicks in, I hope they all remember the fun we have at Thanksgiving and feel like we are all a team working together to make Christmas a time all the world can enjoy.

Countdown To Christmas

November 15th, 2014

 
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We are so excited to announce our give away a day Countdown to Christmas Facebook event! Every day until christmas we will have ways for you to win a free live video chat for you or to give to a friend! Be sure to check in to our Talk to Santa Facebook page to see how you can win today! Look out for the #talktosanta and #countdowntoChristmas hashtags in our post for ways to win!