We strive to make the magic of Christmas and Santa real.
Always desiring to make your Santa experience the most memorable, please don’t hesitate to ask us to fulfill those hopes and dreams.
Santa provides an everlasting experience that may influence their lives and those around them for years to come. As such, we strive to make this experience as cheerful, positive, rewarding, and memorable as possible.
Santa welcomes everyone, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or age. Santa is oblivious to physical or mental abilities. Please notify Santa if someone needs special attention.
Here are some points of performance we have found helps provide this positive experience.
Keep the children at the focal point of all activities.
Be tolerant of childish expressions and anxieties.
“Children will be Children!” But, this does not mean that children (or anyone else) can misbehave. They need to be considerate of others and behave appropriately so everyone can enjoy the Christmas experience.
3. Provide activities to entertain the other children waiting to visit Santa. This will allow each child to experience the mystical Christmas moment only Santa can provide.
Ideally, the line of children waiting to visit Santa should be kept below 5 while the other children are entertained elsewhere.
Most children appear to change their demeanor as they get closer to Santa. They may draw very close to Santa’s ear as they whisper very softly or they may straighten up and talk very loudly. Both are allowed to a point. Please allow Santa to deal with these situations (if possible).
Please only step in if needed. Santa will give an obvious signal if an adults intervention is requested. We try to keep the child/parent relationship positive throughout our visit, so all have a memorable Christmas experience.
You supply a Santa's Helper
An assigned Santa's Helper can prepare the children to meet Santa; introduce each child to Santa; help Santa pass out presents; notify other children when it’s their turn to get in line; etc.
Specific jobs for the Helper is to make sure Santa knows the name of each child and maybe their favorite pet, friend, doll, etc. Assist in the handing out of presents. Take pictures with a variety of cell phones handed them.
There is very little restriction on who can be Santa's helper; age, height, etc. The biggest requirement is they are filled with the Christmas spirit. And the helper needs to be creative in the stealth ways they supply information.
Handing out of gifts
Presents may be given out to a group of children in mass or children can get their present when they visit personally with Santa.
Have presents marked legibly (with a nickname if appropriate) so Santa can identify children/present matches.
Giving a present to the wrong child not only proves embarrassing, but it can cause the children some emotional difficulties. Children do tend to get exuberant and can very easily get overactive during these interactions.
2. Presents may be presented by Santa, as each child visits Santa. Santa's Helper usually hands each present to Santa and gives Santa the name of the child and other information he may need.
Notify Santa about any situations he may need to be prepared for. Santa is welcoming to everyone. Santa is sensitive to those, who may need special attention, and will conduct himself appropriately to ensure a positive experience.
2. Keep trash from presents or snacks cleaned up.
This helps each child and family member to enjoy the Christmas experience. If possible, have everyone finish any food or drinks before Santa arrives (unless we are dinning with the children or group)
3. Conduct all business away from the children. We don’t want to spoil the Christmas spirit.
a. All fees are expected to be paid prior to Santa appearing. This can be done prior to Santa arriving or at the site immediately upon arrival.
b. Fees may be paid in cash, check or PayPal.
Place cash or check in a Christmas Card to hand to Santa.
Make checks payable to Toby KID Klauenberg
4. If you have special concerns or traditions, family attentions, celebrants or location traditions or specialties, etc., please feel free to discuss these with us. We are open to almost anything, anywhere, anytime, anyway – Just ask. We believe in miracles and will do our best to make your Christmas special.
Santa is a wholesome, child-oriented character. Please instruct your guests to not compromise that image by having Santa hand out adult only gifts, or behaving in a lewd manner either with or in the presence of Santa.
Please help keep the wonder of Christmas alive for your children and others.
HAVE YOUR CAMERA READY
Be sure to have all cameras, camcorders, and batteries necessary to take the photos you want. Be sure your batteries are fresh. Consider where Santa will be seated for pictures and take some sample shots at the same time of day. Alter the lighting accordingly. Don’t rely on flashes for the bulk of the lighting or red-eye is pretty much guaranteed. Also, make sure you know how to use your camera or camcorder since there is no worse time to learn than just after a once in a lifetime moment has passed!
Please consider that sometimes taking pictures may intrude on special times. Though pictures are highly encouraged, remember to enjoy the moment as well.
CONSIDER SANTA’S ARRIVAL
Santa's entrance through your front door is a fabulous introduction. However, you may wish to have him sitting at your kitchen table when you return from your evening out. Or perhaps he can slip in while young attentions are drawn another way.
SANTA BRINGING GIFTS
If you wish, Santa would love to hand out YOUR candy and gifts. Arrangement for him to gather these just prior to his entrance. They can be left out by the front door in a 50 gal trash bag.
Gifts should be labeled in very legible handwriting, and if there are any challenging pronunciations they should be communicated to Santa by a helper at the event. Tags should be taped on well lest they fall off in Santa’s sack. It is also a good idea to write the names on the wrapping paper-just in case. It might be a good idea to have a couple of extra presents on hand as well, in case of an unplanned extra guest.
HAVE A SPECIAL CHAIR FOR SANTA
Folding chairs, plastic chairs, and low chairs (the ones you sink into) are not good. Santa needs a chair that is sturdy and stable that will allow his thigh bone to be parallel to the floor, or the kids will slide. A good, sturdy straight-back dining chair with no arms works well. He should be able to sit comfortably with the chair supporting him plus a child on each knee.
PLACE THE CHAIR IN A HOLIDAY SETTING
The visuals around Santa's placement will influence most elements of his visit. You may consider placing him in front of a decorated wall or any festive type of backdrop. Close to a fireplace or the Christmas tree are great. Place a wreath, a few Christmas cards or your children’s drawings on the wall to make a wonderful difference. Close to a fireplace or the Christmas tree are great. Leave a foot or two between the chair and the tree or wall. This will allow room for others to gather around and behind Santa’s chair for group photos.
Fireplaces do look nice but remember putting Santa too close to a real fire require a fan be placed out of picture frame, out of the way but yet still blowing on Santa.
For the best pictures, adjust overhead lighting and place table or floor lamps to adequately light the scene. Flashes should only be used to “fill” not to light the scene. Finally, having a clock in Santa’s view can help him to pace his visit.
SANTA NEVER BREAKS FROM HIS CHARACTER
This is very important! Many adults unintentionally chip away at Santa's mythology without thinking about the implications. Please don’t say things to Santa such as “Why you’re one of the best Santas I’ve ever seen”. Don’t ask questions about when he started playing Santa or where did he get his costumes. It’s very important that you treat Santa Claus as Santa Clause and not as someone that plays Santa Claus. Also, Santa is a wholesome, child-oriented character. Please instruct your guests to not compromise that image by having Santa hand out adult-only gifts, or behaving in a lewd manner either with or in the presence of Santa. Please help keep the wonder of Christmas alive for your children and others.
GATHER BEFORE SANTA ENTERS
Timing is everything. Santa’s contracted time begins the minute he arrives. Minutes spent getting everyone together is part of your contracted time. If everyone is scattered around the house, you lose valuable time. You and Santa can coordinate so that he should call when he is five minutes away from arriving. That’s your cue to have someone go outside to meet Santa, and for you to get everyone together and maybe to sing some Christmas Carols. If Santa is to bring in presents, the person meeting him can help him fill his bag. Then, at the right moment, Santa can pop in.
Santa wants to give his full attention to each child, not to managing an “operation”. If you have a large group of children to see Santa, you should assign someone to be Santa’s helper and coordinate the children as they each visit Santa. This helper can check for dirty hands, use sanitizing wipes if necessary, help with sorting and distributing gifts, and help to ease nerves and pose the children for photos. And Santa wants to include everyone. Yes, some teenagers will shy away or think it is too childish to have a photo with Santa. Don’t worry; Santa can stand up for a “buddy” photo. What about grandma and grandpa? Take a photo with Santa and Grandma hugging. And, nothing is more fun than having Santa ask Grandpa if he’s been a good boy.
CONCLUSION OF THE VISIT
Santa cannot be a clock-watcher, so if the host notices that time is running short an interjection of “Hey Santa, how about a story” can signal the end is near. Santa always likes to end his visit with a retelling of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, but with a twist, as told from Santa’s perspective. Know that at the end of the story Santa will make his exit wishing a “Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night”.
If there is a balance due to Santa, place it inside a Christmas card or envelope. It never looks appropriate when someone gives cash to Santa. So, as Santa is departing, hand him the envelope and say, “Thank you Santa, and here is a Christmas card from all of us” or “is it too late for my wishlist?”.