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Adapted from hints provided by Santa Tim Connaghan

Santa Visitation Hints for Home Visits
MAKE SURE YOU'RE READY FOR SANTA: Once you reserve Santa, there are several steps you can take to ensure that the visit is memorable and magical.

HAVE CAMERAS READY: Be sure to have all the film, photo cards, videotape and batteries necessary to take the photos you want or need to get. Be sure your camera batteries are charged and that there's plenty of space on your digital photo storage cards.

RESERVE A PARKING SPOT FOR SANTA: It should be as close as possible to where he is visiting. Remember, Santa is a senior citizen wearing a heavy velvet suit that gets very hot, (even in December). If the visit is at your home, leave an opening at the end of your driveway. Just put a temporary barrier in the space. Have some fun and put a sign out that says "Reserved for Santa!" If your event is at a company facility, office building or hotel, try to make arrangements for Santa to park in a valet or loading area. Again, you can mark the area with a fun sign. This makes it easier for him to be fresh and ready to bring joy to your guests.

HAVE GIFTS READY: Santa normally does not bring any candy canes or gifts with him. He will hand out your candy and gifts and can carry in one bag of presents for children or guests. They should be well labeled. We suggest a large black marking pen and writing directly on the gift, as tags can easily fall off. All packages should fit into one 35-gallon trash bag. Any more, and it may be too heavy or awkward for him to bring in. If you have more than one bag, check with Santa and see if there is a way to have the gifts near his chair before he arrives or if there is a way for you to have "helpers" to bring the extra gifts in.

ASSEMBLE EVERYONE BEFORE SANTA ARRIVES: Timing is everything. You have scheduled Santa for a set amount of time which begins the minute he arrives. Unless otherwise arranged, he will not stay longer than he has been booked. If everyone is scattered around the house or office, you loose valuable time. Santa will call you when he is five minutes away from arriving. That's your cue to get everyone together, maybe to sing some Christmas carols, and to have someone go outside to meet Santa. If Santa is to bring in presents, the person meeting him can help fill Santa's bag. Then, at the right moment, Santa can pop in and join everyone in song. If you have a large group of children to see Santa, you should assign someone to be Santa's helper and coordinate the order of children as they each visit Santa. An adult should always be present with Santa during his visits. This policy makes pre-planning essential. So make sure cameras and gifts are ready and people are in place.

HAVE A STURDY CHAIR READY FOR SANTA: Santa prefers a chair that is sturdy and stable. A good straight-back dining chair, with no arms, works well. The chair needs to comfortably support him and a child on each knee. Folding chairs and low, soft chairs (the one's you sink into) should be avoided.

PLACE THE CHAIR IN A HOLIDAY SETTING: A good Christmas background is essential for memorable photos. Place Santa's chair in front of your tree, near the fireplace with stockings or create a festive backdrop. 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.

CONSIDER PHOTOS FOR 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.

PLEASE BE DISCREET WITH PAYMENT: If there is a balance or payment 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."

Here's hoping that you have a wonderful time and that you get some great photos. Have a wonderful Holiday Season.

Adapted by "hints from Santa Tim Connaghan", © Copyright 2003,

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