Been there! With no immediate family nearby, travelling at Christmas was routine. No problem before kids. Big problem after the kids! Their biggest fear? That Santa Claus couldn’t find them if they weren’t home for Christmas.
Yikes! What’s a Christmas traveling family to do?
If you’ve traveled at Christmas with kids who believe in Santa Claus, then you know it’s not always easy managing their concerns that Santa won’t know where they are.
- SEND A SPECIAL VIDEO MESSAGE FROM SANTA
With Portable North Pole, you can create and send a customized video message, complete with your kids’ names in the message. Just think how excited they will be when Santa himself tells them that he knows where they are!
Video Message Tip #1: Have Santa’s message delivered a few days before you leave home. We did, and our son was happy to know that Santa knew he was traveling at Christmas.
- DELIVER A SPECIAL LETTER FROM SANTA
Write a letter from Santa telling the kids that he knows they are traveling, and that he won’t forget them. Have it “magically appear” on Christmas Eve. Be festive and creative with the letter! And be sure to put it in an envelope addressed to your travel destination, and with The North Pole as the return address.
Santa Letter Tip #1: Don’t pen the letter yourself. Your kids may recognize your writing!
- SHIP SELECT GIFTS TO YOUR DESTINATION
Select two or three highly prized gifts and ship them ahead to your Christmas destination. If you are visiting family or friends, ship the gifts to them and ask that they hide the gifts until you get there. If you are staying in a hotel, wait until after you’ve checked in and the kids are out of sight before picking up the shipped gifts.
Air Travel Tip: Don’t pack wrapped gifts. Airport security may require they be unwrapped at security check-points, and you could end up ruining the surprise.
- PACK THE CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS
Nothing says Christmas like stockings hung by the fireplace. What to do when traveling? Bring them with you! Once at your destination, hang the stockings up. Then on Christmas Eve, after the kids fall asleep, slip a few goodies from Santa into each stocking.
Stocking Tip #1: Pack a few Command Hanging Hooks to hang the stockings with.
- DECORATE WITH ORNAMENTS FROM HOME
Pack several special ornaments from home. Once at your destination, have a family decorating party and make that room merry and bright. The kids will enjoy a festive and familiar touch of Christmas from home.
Decorating Tip #1: Use several Command hanging hooks to create a “rope effect” from which to hang the ornaments.
- BRING A COVETED FAMILY TRADITION WITH YOU
Incorporate a portable yet special family Christmas tradition into your travel plans. Perhaps its’s the oh-so-popular The Elf On The Shelf. Maybe it’s a special Santa Claus plate for Christmas Eve cookies. Or maybe it’s both!
- ENSURE GIFTS ARE UNDER THE TREE BACK HOME
If you can’t bring the kids’ Christmas gifts with you, make sure they are placed around the tree or on the kitchen table back home before you return. Find a trusted family member or friend to play Santa Claus while you are away by placing the gifts in a pre-determined location.
- ENJOY A LOCAL CHRISTMAS TRADITION
Find a holiday tradition for everyone to enjoy at your destination. Book a special Christmas Eve dinner. Attend a local fireworks display. Drive around neighborhoods all lit up for the Holidays. Stroll through a local park or gardens decorated for the Holidays. Partake in a festive Hawaiian Christmas Luau. You get the idea!
- TRACK SANTA CLAUS ON NORAD
Follow Santa as he delivers gifts across the world, and to your home. Just go to the NORAD Santa website or app, and follow Santa Claus and his reindeer as they make their way across the world.
How We Tracked Santa One Year: We used the NORAD App so we could follow Santa where ever we were – and where ever he was.
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