Originally posted 2008-06-23 17:12:22.
It was when she was three years old that Caitlin was exposed to the whole commercial side of Christmas.
Before we left for Sydney late last year, I had already taken her shopping, just to see the decorations around the shopping centres. I had wanted to get her something small, just because it’s Christmas; so I settled for this. Then while we were finally in Sydney about a week before Christmas itself, I couldn’t help myself but to also be caught in the spirit of shopping (!) and took her downtown to the city centre, and got her something else bigger!
Still, coming from an Asian country and not practising the whole Christmas thingy, Caitlin doesn’t know who or what a Santa Claus is, and all the excitement surrounding this jolly figure; other than a scary old man with white beard in a red suit. Also, I was after all the one playing Santa both times!
So I turned to the internet for some suggestions for introducing this character, and came across these interesting sites. Interesting in that these websites actually offer services to pander to children’s whims and fancies surrounding St Nick!
You see, it’s one thing to write Santa a letter, it’s another to actually receive pesonalised letters from Santa himself! This site actually provides the service of using His Jolliness’ stationary to send your child a message, presumably from Santa himself!
The whole idea is to “make it on Santa’s Nice List”, and that, by receiving a response from Santa himself, they’d know that being good has paid off! What more, this service also includes a certificate for your child to prove and show off with!
For these “Santa’s workshop stationary”, there are templates you can use for your letter from Santa. I guess, depending on how well your child has behaved, and your budget (!) there are 3 types of packages to choose from; From just an elaborate personalised letter, to one that even includes “a whole box of custom Christmas goodies!”
Finally, they also offer other ways to keep believing in St Nick. Outside of these Santa letters, they also offer tips such as leaving Santa Claus tracks in your house on Christmas Eve, or on Christmas Eve, have your child sprinkle reindeer food on the lawn!
All these, of course, is to bring more joy to your children, by elaborating on their belief in Santa Claus, while they still do!
So, have your kids been good lately?
How about rewarding them with a Santa’s Workshop I-have-been-good certificate!