Here's a great MUST-SEE website for all the little Santa-believers out there! Quickly type in your kid's name, their desired gift, upload a photo, and voila ~ a personalized video directly from Santa! My favorite part (besides that it's free): you get to select a behavior they've done recently that puts them on the nice list. Between you and me, doing well in school was too easy. I chose a behavior that she actually needs to work on: "taking a bath when told." Hey, I figure if she thinks Santa is watching and expecting her to take baths without drama, then maybe we'll have a little less complaining around here. At least until December 25th.
This came just in time - my kid is 8, and I figure I don't have much longer. Just the other day, she told me that she wasn't going to ask me for anything for Christmas because she "didn't want me to spend my own money." She'd ask Santa for everything instead. Is that just the most considerate thing ever?! Oh, kid, if only private school tuition could be paid with such innocence.
My daughter was beyond tickled when she watched it. Even by the 10th time it was played. Back to back. She did repeatedly ask if I created the video. And she said Santa's beard looked fake. Hopefully, I was believable as I lied through my teeth.
Each year seems to bring more creativity on the web with these personalized Christmas animations - from the dancing elf with a photo of your big head attached to it, to the Christmas countdown that tracks Santa's progress as he crosses the globe. This one sets the bar even higher.
A little nervous about putting your kid's name and age on a website? I completely understand. I was a bit apprehensive too. But the site isn't invasive, and I suggest you use your kid's nickname if that makes you feel better. But, really, check it out. It's themed for teen and adult recipients too. I'll be creating one for my husband. Except he will be on the naughty list.