Christmas Eve is a magical time. The kids are anxious waiting for Santa and getting them to bed is a challenge. Milk, cookies, and carrots for reindeer are left out to be consumed. Then parents have to get the tree ready for Santa Claus to make his big delivery.
Before the seriousness of bedtime approaches why not celebrate the day before Santa arrives? Throw a “Welcome Santa” party at your house to get the kids ready for the big day. Plus you can have more festivities to your holidays and add one more tradition to Christmastime.
Food for your “Welcome Santa” party should include stuff that Santa likes to eat. Milk, homemade cookies, hot chocolate, candy canes, and even some reindeer food can be included. When I mention reindeer food I mean things like carrots and oats.
Christmas punch is a good idea as you can combine fruit punch and soda. A mint shake made with candy cane pieces may also be a viable drink option that is cold and yummy. You may want to go easy on the drinks if your kids are about to lay down and go to bed.
Everything should revolve around making sure the head elf feels like he’s got the right house. Create a banner or huge poster that says in bold letters “Welcome Santa” and even include a family picture or have your kids draw a picture of the family. Have plenty of Christmas music on in the background.
Writing Santa a letter is also an activity in which the kids can be involved. Update any previous letters to Santa with more gift ideas or want lists. Your child can also write Santa a friendly letter, ask how the reindeer are doing, and ask Santa how his trip is going. Use a “Welcome Santa” letterhead you can print out on your computer or make your own by hand.
NORAD Santa is a fun way to keep track of Santa’s journey across the globe. The NORAD Santa website keeps track of his journey after having updates every day in December. Looking up stories about Santa Claus on the Internet is another thing to do while on the computer. The History Channel website is a good place to start your research.
Having Santa write a letter back to your child is always a good idea to let your child know that Santa stopped by and delivered more than just presents. He could even leave a map of his journey with a star on map to your house.
Read “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” by Clement Clarke Moore to your kids. The perfect setting is on a couch near the Christmas tree. You don’t have to dress up as Santa nor does the reading have to fancy. Having some soft music on in the background would be nice.
Welcoming Santa with a party is a fantastic way to get the kids ready for bed. All of that energy anticipating Santa goes into activities before bed so they get enough rest on Christmas Eve. Having a “Welcome Santa” is a tradition your kids will pass on to their kids and so on.
History Channel Santa Claus
“Twas the Night Before Christmas”