It’s that time of year again, we’re all geared up for the holidays and we once again get to threaten the kids with things like…”You know Santa is watching!”, “You better be good or else Santa isn’t gonna come”, “That’s it! I’m calling Santa”, “Do you want the Elf to tell Santa you’re being bad?”…you know what I’m talking about lol 😉 . We’ve all done it, our parents did it to us (slight variations of course) and when our kids have kids they will do it to them…it’s a given.
In many ways THIS IS as they say the most wonderful time of year because we get to scare the crap out of the kids into being good. Some may call it bad parenting and may think I’m a horrible person for doing it but hey it works so I’m all for it. Don’t pretend like you’ve never done it cuz we all know you’re not innocent lol.
For all you newbies out there I’ve put together some tips to help you through the season and get your little monsters on their best Santa behaviour.
A CALL FROM SANTA
There are tons of Santa phone numbers out there that will connect you to the big guy but our fave by far is ChristmasDialer.com. This service is FREE and it allows you to choice from a few different messages so you can find the best one that works for your little one.
PERSONALIZED VIDEO FROM SANTA
Another one of our faves and a Christmas tradition for us is creating a FREE Portable North Pole personalized Santa video. These videos are awesome! You get to upload a picture of your little one, enter personal info like their name, age, what’s on their wish list and of course a personal message like be sure to be a good boy or girl, listen to mommy and daddy, be good at school, etc.
A LITTLE HELP FROM YOUR ELF
Use your Elf on a Shelf to help you out when your little one(s) aren’t on their best behaviour. The elves are great little helpers when it comes to scaring the crap outta your kids into being good lol. Have them arrive with a letter from the North Pole reporting back from Santa with a message like…”Santa wasn’t too happy to hear that you didn’t eat all your dinner last night and gave mommy and daddy a hard time so remember to do your best today!”. Also if your little one is being extra bad don’t be afraid to have your elf not return for a day or two to show your child that unless they are being good their friend from the North Pole won’t return…hey sometimes you just gotta do it.
WRITE SANTA A LETTER
Nothing beats the long time tradition of sitting down with your little one to write Santa a letter. This is a great time to give Santa some info about your child so don’t be afraid to add in a few personal details because this is what makes his reply to your little one extra special. Sammy Baby loved getting her letter back from Santa last year. Her mouth dropped when we read her the part about Santa being proud of how great of a big sister she’s been to Liliana…it made her so happy that he acknowledged that.
The great thing about letters to Santa is that no postage is required, just write your letter and address it to…
You can also visit the Canada Post website to print a reply letter from Santa at home if you miss the deadline to write him.
So there you have it, a few ideas and tips to help you get your little monsters acting like angels till Santa arrives 😉 .