Archive for the ‘parents’ Category

How to Approach the “Santa May Not Be Real” Stage with Your Child

December 12, 2015

SantaNotReal

Christmas can be a wonderful time of year when your children are little! Then they hit that age when they start questioning whether Santa is real or not. This can be an awkward time for the both of you! As much as you do not want the magic to end for them, this can open a whole different opportunity in the way you celebrate Christmas!

One of the best things to do as a parent is to remind your child what Christmas is really about. There can still be a Santa for them as long as they have love in their heart for all those around them. Remind them that Santa is not only for the young, but also the old. For the older people, he is not a person, but is instead a feeling deep in their heart. He stands for the love that people feel for each other – he stands for the magic that is in the air at Christmas!

Also remind them that Santa represents everything that they should strive to be. He represents traits such as love, happiness, unselfishness and above all, the desire to share all of these things with the people that surround him. Most importantly, let your children know that Santa is not just present at Christmas time, but rather something that can be kept in their heart year round.

One of the best ways to convey this idea with your child is to write them a Christmas letter that explains all of this. The letter is a great way to put down your feelings of the importance of Christmas and the meaning behind Santa. The letter will be something that your child will cherish. It might even become a source of comfort to them when they are older.

Once the secret is out start getting them involved in community things where they can be Santa for a needy family. Also, let them be a part of playing Santa in with the family. This will help to strengthen the idea of the true meaning of Christmas with them and they will begin to see how Santa really works.

And even though a child may not believe in Santa anymore, there is nothing wrong with still keeping his spirit alive. Still give them a present from “Santa” and when they look at you, deny that you had anything to do with it. They may know better, but it will still keep the magic of Santa from completely leaving!

Advertisements

6 Reasons A Kid’s Active Imagination Is Important For The Holiday Season

December 5, 2015

As Christmas time approaches, spend some time thinking about how you can help vitalize your kid’s imagination. In a world where kids are often faced with stark reality, helping their imagination run wild with Santa remains healthy and important. Christmas is one time a year where all the magic that existed in our own childhoods is allowed to come back to life – shining, bright and new! Helping foster your kids’ ability to see the magical world around them is one of the best gifts you can give. Below are some of the best reasons to help your child believe in Santa and everything the holiday season has to share each year.

Imagination

1. Imagination Allows Your Kids to Create & Be Creative

Many of the world’s most influential individuals are people who had a dream and made it a reality. Allowing your child the freedom to express themselves through imagination allows their brain to continue developing. Leaving room for flights of fancy helps set your child up to be a creative thinker who can visualize solutions for the rest of their life.

2. A Child’s Imagination is a Natural Part of Growing Up

Almost everyone can remember the time of playing pretend. Pillow forts, talking to stuffed animals and games outside as crazy as you could think of were the part of every kid’s day when we were all locked outdoors by our parents. Children need an outlet for their brains. Whether it’s Santa at Christmas or the Tooth Fairy when that first piece of ivory falls out, allowing children the freedom to imagine is a healthy and natural part of life.

3. Imagination Helps Healthy Brain Development

It is important to allow both halves of your kid’s brain to develop. While structured learning experiences are important to creating a thinking adult, leaving time for your kid’s imagination to run wild is equally important. Without the creative portion of our brain receiving stimulation the logical half suffers as well.

4. Imagination Creates Active Thinkers

The continued growth of passive participation in many children’s activities has a negative effect on your kid’s ability to think. Being spoon fed is well and good sometimes, but other times we need to create our own thoughts and solutions to actively live in the world around us. Making sure your kid is spending time playing on their own ensures they aren’t blank slates absorbing the latest programming.

5. Learning is Imaginative

Whether you’re learning about the history of ancient China or reading a book written decades ago, your imagination allows the pieces of our history to come alive. Most of our learning involves imagination. From theory to practice, there is a lot of mental creation involved. Helping make sure your child has an active thought process will set them up for success in whatever arena of life they choose to pursue.

6. Screens are Creating Cranky, Disinterested and Lazy Kids

Worries continue growing about the effect the massive amount of screen time many children are exposed to daily. Using digital devices as babysitters has become almost a norm. While we all watch the effects these devices have on our smallest members of society, the results seem too disturbing for many. Children who are prone to fly into rages or seem disinterested in the world around them are more common than most like to admit. Help make sure your child is able to cope with the reality surrounding them by promoting healthy play – free from electronics.

Conclusion

Today, it is more important than ever for young children to spend time exercising their imagination. In a society that continues being rapidly taken over by iPads, smart phones, social media and ever more realistic video games, leaving time for your little ones to flex their brain muscles is still universally recommended by child development professionals. Allowing your kid’s natural creativity to grow and explore the world around them is an important step in developing their reasoning, logic and problem solving. While your kids may complain of boredom sometimes, it is important to leave their brains room to create on their own, outside of the endless wave of digital stimulation. Whether it’s getting excited about writing that letter to Santa or searching for the eggs left behind by the Easter Bunny, it is important to allow a child’s imagination to grow with their body. You may be amazed what they come up with!

Elf Sparks Takes a Summer Staycation

August 24, 2014

Hi, I’m Sparks! I’m an elf here at the North Pole. Most of the year, my elf friends and I are hard at work making toys for all the good boys and girls in the world, but we get to relax a little bit in the summer, just like the kids do. This summer we’ve been taking advantage of all the fun things to do around our home and enjoying our vacation without worrying about travel. And what a terrific time we’ve been having!

It’s all about the toys here at the North Pole, but that doesn’t mean we have to build them every day. Someone’s got to let Santa know what toys are fun and which ones aren’t. That’s where we elves come in. We’ve all been play-testing a pile of new toys that might appear under the Christmas trees later this year. We spend days playing with each one, and get to tell Santa which ones are the most fun.

Last week everyone was excited to watch the Reindeer Games. It’s an annual event that happens in the middle of each summer. The reindeer have all sorts of competitions, such as highest leap into the sky or pulling the heaviest sleigh. We all have our favorites, and we’ve even been wearing t-shirts with the faces of the Reindeer Games stars.

The rest of the time we’ve been having fun just like the boys and girls do when they’re out of school. We climb trees, although ours are Christmas trees, and it’s kind of scratchy up there. We love to lay out on blankets after dark and stargaze. The reindeer get to see all the stars when they fly, but we elves are usually in bed after dark, so it’s a treat to stay up. We’ve also been eating some great fresh fruits and vegetables. Milk and cookies are nice, but it’s great to take a healthy break!

It’s almost fall, so our summer vacation is coming to an end. It’s been a nice break, but we love what we do during the rest of the year. We’ll be going back to toymaking starting tomorrow, singing happy tunes, creating gifts and helping parents, help elves, help Santa to create Santa letters for children around the world.

How a Letter from Santa Can Positively Help Your Child

December 7, 2012

Christmas is all about being with family, sharing and giving. What better way to incorporate all three of those than by giving a child a personalized letter from Santa? A letter from Santa has many positive advantages and can provide much more than just a great Christmas gift for that special child in your life.

A Letter from Santa creates smiles, excitement and everlasting memories.

Not much can compare to the excitement of receiving a letter in the mail as a child, except if that letter came from Santa Claus himself! Your child will be astonished to know that Santa not only exists but that he knows tons about your child. A letter from Santa is something your child will remember and talk about for years to come.

smiling child

A Letter from Santa encourages good behavior and reinforces sharing and giving.

Receiving a Santa letter telling your child Good job with their behavior is quite possibly one of the highest accomplishments a person can receive during childhood.  Children strive all year not fully knowing if they’ve made the cut to be on the official Good List or not. Now your child can know for sure that they have done a job well done.  Most Santa letters also mention sharing with friends and family and tell about the importance of giving.

 A Santa letter helps maintain childhood innocence by keeping the belief in Santa alive.

Your child will be amazed when they receive a letter full of information only Santa could know. Each letter mentions your child’s name, friends, achievements, city and more. Believing in Santa is a part of childhood innocence most of us wish we could get back. Help your child have lasting memories about Santa Claus by ordering your Santa letter now.

Child Smiling

Santa letters let child know they are special and thought of.

Every kid likes to feel loved, especially by Santa and Santa letters help with that. Your child will forever remember the excitement they feel when they receive a personalized letter from Santa specific to them. Santa can even include a custom P.S. to your child.

Santa letters also help build confidence and self esteem

Build confidence and self-esteem in your child by creating a letter from Santa that both applauds and encourages good behavior and a positive attitude. Santa letters are personalized to your child and can make mention of accomplishments and goals your child has achieved. Sometimes it’s nice to have someone other than your parents tell you “Good Job” and a letter from Santa does just that.

 thumbs-up-girl-for-print

Make this Christmas a little more special with any of our gifts from Santa.

Don’t hesitate to make a positive impact on your child now by ordering a personalized Santa letter from Top Santa Letters today!!

“like” our Top Santa Letters Facebook page  for  chance to win a $50 gift card! We will choose one Facebook fan in January to be the winner. Good luck!

      

Christmas Gifts Ideas for Children 2012

November 24, 2012

Letter from Santa
A letter from Santa makes a memorable gift for children of all ages. Imagine the excitement your child will feel when they receive a letter addressed to them from Santa! There are many letters to choose from including a family letter, a baby’s first Christmas letter, a religious letter. Each letter contains at least 5 personalizations, is completely editable and is signed by Santa and sent from the North Pole. All Santa letters at www.topsantaletters.com includes FREE shipping!

Personalized Santa Letters

Personalized Bags
Kids use bags for all different reasons. Whether they use them for school, after-school activities or for sleepovers at a friend’s house, kids love bags. It’s easy for a child’s bag to get lost in the mix with all the others. A personalized bag is a great gift that kids love. You can have the child’s name or an image printed on the bag. www.personalcreations.com has lots of ideas!

Personalized Clothing
Clothes in general can be a boring gift for a kid to receive. A way to make clothes fun is to have the child’s name printed on the clothing. Children love items with their names on them and so do parents. A personalized shirt, sweaters, or pair of pajamas would make a great gift for a child to wear.  www.zazzle.com personalizes clothing and much more.

Personalized Books
Children love to be read to if they’re not reading on their own.  A personalized book is the perfect gift for children of all ages. Personalized Christmas books include child’s first name up to 13 characters, last name up to 18 characters, gender, birthdate, address, city, state and zip code. You can choose up to 3 of their friends’ names, up to 12 characters, and gender. Makes a great keepsake! www.personalcreations.com

Personalized Book

Gifts from Santa
If you are tired of buying the same types of gifts year after year than a Gift Box from Santa is for you! Children love receiving items from Santa in the mail. The flip when they open the green box addressed to them that is filled with goodies from the North Pole. Gift items include an Authentic Piece of Santa’s Suit, Retired Rudolph Bell, Signed photo of Santa, Personalized Good List Certificate, “Santa Stop Here” Window Decal and much more! You can choose from four upscale packages or create your own package! Check it out! www.topsantaletters.com.Gift From Santa

      

A Special Interview with Santa’s Elf

November 18, 2012

Can you believe that Christmas is only 5 weeks away?! Have you ordered a letter from Santa for your child yet?

Boy oh boy have we been busy this season! There are so many good girls and boys, Santa is so proud!  Since Elf Bob and I work closely in Parent-Elf Relations and don’t get to work in Santa’s Workshop quite as much as we’d like, we’ve conducted an interview with the Head Elf of the Workshop so you can get the inside scoop of what the elves do and an answer to all those burning questions.

I met with Elf Sparks via webcam and here’s what he had to say.

Me: “Hey Sparks! Thanks for taking the time to chat with me”

Elf Sparks: “Hello to you! It’s my pleasure. I’m sorry that this has to be short. As you know, this is our busy season.”

Me: “I understand. We get many questions from parents and children about the Elves, The Workshop, Rudolph and Santa, maybe you can help me clear up a few things?”

Elf Sparks: “Sure, I’m happy to help.”

Me: “All of the elves work year round, some have time for a small vacation here and there, do the elves who work in the Workshop get vacations?”

Elf Sparks: “We take a vacation right after Christmas is over to celebrate all the happiness we’ve brought to children all over the world. It’s the only vacation I get to take but that’s because I am Head of the entire Workshop. Most of the other elves are able to squeeze in one more vacation during the year.”

Me: “How do you and the elves make all the toys for the good boys and girls?

Elf Sparks: “We’re the largest distributor of toys in the world! We’re very focused and hardworking but most of all we LOVE what we do. We have a great team of elves who believe in the magic of Christmas with all their heart. This helps all of us make toys at record breaking speeds!”

Me: “Do you like working all year long making toys?”

Elf Sparks: “We love making toys for children everyday knowing they are going to be so happy when they receive their gift from Santa. The joy that we help bring the children makes it all worth it!”

Me: “Everyone wants to know, Is Rudolph really a reindeer? Does he really have a red nose? Can he really fly?”

Elf Sparks: “Of course Rudolph is real! Who do you think guides the sleigh on Christmas Eve?  His nose does shine red but only on Christmas Eve when belief in Santa and Christmas magic is at it’s peek or when he’s really embarrassed. And Yes, Rudolph can fly, just like all the other reindeer. Belief in Santa and Christmas is what helps them fly.”

Me: “Do you have any hobbies?”

Elf Sparks: “I like to play games.  My favorite game is Monopoly and Hide and Go Seek. All the reindeer, elves and even Santa join in on some of the games too!  I also like to paint. I’m not the best painter but I do my best and that’s what counts.”

Me: “What’s your favorite cookie”?

Elf Sparks: ”My personal favorite is plain sugar cookie with sprinkles. I love the sprinkles! Mrs. Claus makes the BEST sugar Christmas cookies. I can almost taste them now. Yum. Santa’s favorite are peppermint cookies. He especially loves them when he’s away from the workshop because they remind him of Christmas. “

Me: “Now to my last few questions. We all know about the Good List, every child wants to be on it, but what about the Naughty list? Are there many children on it?

Elf Sparks:”Oh yes, there are lots of children on the naughty list, even some adults too. There is still hope though, a lot of those on the naughty list make it onto the Good List with last minute good deeds during the Christmas season. It’s important to remember to be good ALL year so you don’t have to worry about making “the cut” right before Christmas”

Me: “People want to know, how does Santa do it? How does he get to every house on the planet in one night? How does he get down the chimney? What if a house doesn’t have a chimney? The whole world wants to know!”

Elf Sparks: “You know the answer, but I’ll tell you. Magic of course! How else? There are billions of children in the world, there’d be no way for Santa to reach them all without magic.  For those without a chimney, he has a magic key, silly!”

Me: “So what’s been the most popular Christmas gift request in 2012 so far?”

Elf Sparks: “Children all over are hoping and wishing to receive a personalized letter from Santa or a personalized gifts from Santa. These letters and boxes are causing a stir all over the world and have made Santa super, extra busy! Children want these packages because it provides overwhelming evidence that Santa is real and assures them that they have made the Good List. Parents can order packages for their children through the Elf-Parent Relation headquarter’s website, www.topsantaletters.com.”

Me: “Is there anything special you would like to say to the children?”

Elf Sparks: “Be happy! Be kind! Smile! Make everyday a bit like Christmas!”

Well there you have it! Your biggest questions about Santa and the Elves have been answered.

Order your personalized letter from Santa now before the big Thanksgiving rush!

      

Letter from Santa Package- Save 50% off from Mamapedia.

November 1, 2012

We are proud to announce that our Reindeer Package from Santa  is being featured on Mamapedia and Mamasource exclusively for 50% off starting TOMORROW November, 2 2012. Pay $16 for a package worth $33. Jolly good news i’d say!!

Here is a press release about the deal.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Free-Press-Release.com) October 27, 2012 — Top Santa Letters will offer their famous Reindeer Package from Santa for $16 (50% off) starting on November 2, 2012. They have been chosen to have a deal featured on Mamasource and Mamapedia . This deal is a great opportunity for moms to get their child a gift they will cherish for a life time. Children light up with joy and scream with excitement when they receive their beautiful package. A Reindeer package is a great way to keep the belief of Santa alive and makes a wonderful gift.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Reindeer Package includes:

• Letter with Personalizations
• 2012 Good List Certificate with Seal
• Summer Postcard from Santa in July
• Signed Photo of Santa Reading Good List
• Pre-Flight Checklist
• Best Christmas Tree Ribbon Award
• Santa “Stop Here” Door Hanger
• Christmas Bands from Elves
• Santa “Stop Here” Window Decal
• Envelope with North Pole Postmark
• Free Stickers *
• Free Activity Sheets *
• Free Shipping

There are only 1,000 vouchers available. Order a Reindeer Package deal from Mamapedia starting Friday, November 2, 2012.

Mamapedia and Mamasource are two of the largest websites that connect moms at every stage of their children’s lives with compelling content from the source they trust most: other moms. Their vibrant local community network offers a place where moms can connect with each other in a supportive environment that serves as their very own local online moms group. Each deal featured has been handpicked by Mamapedia and Mamsource for moms and is offered to their 3.6 million emails subscribers and 1.25k Facebook fans.

For more information on Santa packages and letters visit www.topsantaletters.com

        

 

%d bloggers like this: