Every year thousands upon thousands of families line up to meet Santa Claus. This amazing experience is meant to be exciting, and enhances the holiday festivities. Despite all the charm and joy, everything may not go as planned. An innocent visit with Santa should not end up making everyone upset. We have some tips and advice to help you make it through the experience with a smile on your child’s face, and you rediscovering the Christmas spirit. This year, start a tradition of visiting with Santa Claus and transforming your child’s holiday activities into an unbelievable adventure!
Consider your Child’s Age and Temperament
First and foremost, it is important to understand that this experience is meant to make your little one extremely happy. Newborns are fairly easy because they are less likely to experience separation anxiety, and more adept to sleeping through the trip. Your toddler may be less enthused about meeting a stranger wearing funny clothes. Take some time to walk by Santa, and explain that Santa is a close friend or known acquaintance. If you act as if you know the fellow, your child may not become as upset with you standing a few feet away. Be assuring, and let your youngster know that you are right there at all times. Stay in front of your toddler, and never walk more than several feet away. For the children who may be a bit older, we strongly encourage you to talk with them before making them wait in line. Many problems occur due to lack of communication, and if you find out what your child wants to do beforehand, you may just eliminate most issues.
Bring Their Favorite Toy and a Letter for Santa
While you may not think the experience is overwhelming, chances are, your child is bewildered. If this is their first experience, they may get upset, frightened, or even angry. Settle their nerves by letting them bring their favorite toy or stuffed animal. Anything that will make them feel safe and close to home. Holding a comforting toy may be enough of a distraction to keep your child from making a scene. Another great option is having your child bring something for Santa. This can be a gift or food, but a letter can be even more powerful. Whether it be a personalized letter from Santa Claus or a letter written to him, you little one will have something to share. It is a wonderful alternative to just sitting on Santa’s lap. Your child may feel a sense of purpose, and a duty to help Santa out.
Visit During Off Peak Hours
Long lines can be very unpleasant for little children, and may cause them to become irritated or scared. Try to meet with Santa during times when there may not be as many people waiting for a picture. This may mean that you have to take an extra day off of work to visit during the weekday, but if you are deadset on meeting with jolly St. Nick, the decision will be worth it. Why torture yourself and your child by trying to force the situation? Take advantage of the little things and plan your trip during a slower part of the day.
Your child is going to look to you for comfort and safety. It is very important that you remain calm and express your joy of being there. If your child sees you in a pleasant mood, they are likely to be happy as well. Do not try to rush your little one, and don’t get angry or irritated by the situation around you. Act as if you’ve done this plenty of times before, and encourage your youngster to remain joyful and excited. Remember, they are about to meet the wonderful St. Nick. This is a moment that should be thrilling and fun. It all starts with your attitude, and a positive one will go a long way.
Do Your Research
Find out prior to taking your trip where the best Santa Claus is located. Ask friends, family, and neighbors about their experiences. You are bound to learn something that may sway your decision one way or the other. Also, try scouting out the area days before. If the place is unfamiliar, it will give you a sense of direction so you don’t appear lost or confused. You can also use this opportunity to study Santa and view the lines. Make sure that the place you decide on provides a family friendly atmosphere with polite customers and a jovial Santa Claus.
These are just some of the many ways to make your holiday experience with Santa Claus enjoyable for everyone. Your child’s happiness is most important, so you are going to want to do everything in your power to keep them smiling. If you take some time to plan and assess the situation, you should be able to discover the most ideal scenario for your visit. Be sure to communicate with your child, and always be by their side. The more reassuring and soothing you are, the better your little one will feel about the experience. Visiting with Santa is a joyful experience that you and your family should find invigorating!