Preparing for a Santa Claus Visit on Christmas Eve
Get ready for a visit from Santa
Waiting for Santa Claus to arrive can be tough for kids. The month of December seems to stretch on forever and ever, and sometimes it seems like Santa will never arrive.
But one way you can help the time pass more quickly for your kids is to start preparing for your Santa Claus visit early in December, and keep the kids active with new things to do to get ready for St. Nick. Here are some suggestions on how to prepare for that magical night.
Get Ready for Santa Claus!
5 Things to Do to Prepare for a Santa Visit
While your kids count down the days until Santa's visit, here are some fun ways to pass the time.
1. Write a letter to Santa.
Writing a letter to Santa Claus is a great way for kids to practice their writing skills. It's also a perfect opportunity for parents to learn what their kids want for Christmas. You can get free printable Dear Santa letter stationery online or simply use a plain piece of paper. Then put on some holiday music and help your kids create their message for Santa. Be sure to save a copy so you can enjoy them in later years!
2. Make sure Santa writes back.
After sending your child's letter to St. Nick, make sure the jolly old elf writes back! You can create your own letters from Santa online in just a few minutes with sites like http://freesantaletters.net, or you can get an elaborate response from Santa, including an autographed photo, letter from Rudolph and many other surprises, from sites like Package from Santa.com.
3. Read about Santa Claus or watch movies about him.
Reading a new Christmas book or watching a Christmas movie each night is a great way to count down the days until Santa Claus arrives. Good books you might want to read aloud for younger kids are classics like Twas the Night Before Christmas and The Polar Express. Older kids might enjoy Dean Koontz's silly story of Santa's Evil Twin. And, of course, there are plenty of movies about Santa, from The Miracle on 34th Street to The Santa Clause.
4. Hang your stockings by the chimney with care.
Kids love hanging their stockings out, knowing that Santa will soon be filling them up. Make it a special occasion by brewing some hot chocolate and playing some Christmas carols. (And if you don't have a chimney, be sure you have a magic Santa key so Santa Claus won't get locked out!)
5. Track Santa on Christmas Eve.
The big night has finally arrived! Turn on the computer and head on over to NORAD Tracks Santa. The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) uses their radar to track Santa's flight around the world on Christmas Eve, and they broadcast it on their website so kids will know where Santa has been and how soon he'll be arriving in your area.
After tracking Santa on NORAD, it will be time to hop into bed and get ready for a visit from Santa Claus!
More Christmas Articles by lisa42
- Create Free Santa Letters Online
Santa is a magical figure for many kids, and getting a personalized letter from Santa Claus can be one of the highlights of a child's holiday season. Unfortunately, not all parents can afford the pricey letter packages sold by many of the...
- Santa North Pole Trivia
How much Santa North Pole trivia do you know? Get some facts (and some not-quite-facts) here.
- Santa History: How Saint Nicholas Became Santa Claus
The Historical Saint Nicholas The history of Santa Claus can be traced back hundreds of years to a fourth century Christian bishop known for his generosity. Saint Nicholas was born around 270 or 280 AD in what is now modern-day Turkey. His parents...
- Christmas Letters from Santa: Full-Serve or Print Yo...
Today you have the choice of using a full-service business to send a Santa letter to your child or to create one with help of sites that make it easy to customize and print Christmas letters from Santa at home. Which option should you choose? ...
- 5 Fun Free Santa Printables
This list of 5 free Santa printables includes free letters from Santa Claus, postcards, a Nice List behavior guide, a wish list template and a printable Christmas card.
- Printable Christian Santa Letters
Santa Claus is a fun character for children during the holidays, but the emphasis on Santa and gifts can district from the real
- Funny Santa Hats for Christmas
Let's face it - it's about time for Santa Claus to try a new look. He's been wearing the same plush red suit and fur-lined red hat for centuries. Every day, it's the same old thing. Doesn't Santa ever long for something a little different, something.
- Add a Santa Postmark to Your Holiday Mail
Christmas is a very busy time of year for Santa Claus. In the North Pole, he has plenty of elves and reindeer to help him get ready for the holidays. But in Santa Claus, Indiana, Santa relies on the U.S. postal workers. This small town of just...
- Christmas Party Games for Groups
Getting together with your friends, family, or colleagues over the holidays can be a great way to have fun and relax. Some folks enjoy just hanging out, talking and eating, while others like to have planned...