In the days of my childhood, my mom and dad kept the spirit of Santa alive by having "him" leave a half eaten cookie for me on Christmas morning.
Today, technology has given parents the opportunity to spark that magic even more with personalized phone calls, videos, and letters from St. Nick himself. Several websites are offering specials to help you keep the wonder alive:
- FREE Very Merry Video from Santa - PortableNorthPole.tv is a new beta website that allows you to build personalized video messages for kids and adults. You can select whether the individual was naughty or nice, let Santa know if he or she is looking for a special present, and provide any instructions to let the person know how to stay on Santa's good list. The video is sent directly to the recipient's email address almost immediately after you create it. I got mine within seconds!
- $3.99 for One Call from Santa -Santa's Hotline includes five different phone calls to choose from; you pick the date and time he calls. Your child's name is mentioned several times. Visit the website to preview the calls before you purchase.
- Ceritifkid - 50% Off OriginalSantaLetter.com: For just $10, your child will receive a personalized letter from Santa, a customized Wish List with your little one's name at the top, a personalized "Nice List" certificate, and custom-designed address labels for your tot's correspondence with the head elf. Available through Monday, Dec. 5.
- Plum District - 50% Off SantaWillWrite.com: This deal is also available for $10. It includes a personalized letter on paper sprinkled with magic Christmas dust that's delivered in a shiny red envelope postmarked from the North Pole. Available through Monday, Dec. 5.