Believing in Santa Claus is one of the most magical parts of being a child. But as kids get older, they begin to question the existence of ol’ St. Nick and may need a little more evidence to convince them he is real. With a little creativity and a few simple tricks, parents can keep the magic of Santa alive for their children.
Send a Letter from the North Pole
Kids will be convinced that Santa exists once they receive a letter officially postmarked from the North Pole. To get a letter postmarked from the North Pole, write a letter to your child from Santa. Include personal details like your child's hometown, his or her accomplishments and good behavior. Insert the letter into an envelope addressed to your child, with a return address from Santa Claus, North Pole. Place the appropriate postage on the envelope and seal it. Place the sealed envelope into a larger envelope and seal it. Address the larger envelope to: North Pole Postmark Postmaster, 4141 Postmark Dr., Anchorage, AK 99530-9998. Affix the required postage to the larger envelope and mail it. As long as it is received by the Postmaster by December 15, they will mail it back before Christmas postmarked from the North Pole. Another option is to use Santa Mail, which offers personalized letters from Santa with an official North Pole postmark. They guarantee delivery before Christmas and give customers a 100% money-back guarantee.
Leave Crumbs Behind
Leave a plate of milk and cookies out for Santa and some carrots for the reindeer. After your children go to bed, eat the cookies and leave a pile of crumbs on the plate as well as some half-eaten carrots. Drink the milk and leave a handprint on the glass. To add Santa’s magical touch, you can spray the milk glass with cooking spray, hold the glass to make a handprint and sprinkle glitter on the handprint while it's still wet.
Create Snowy Footprints
Leave a trail of Santa’s footprints across the floor. Put a shoe or boot down on the floor and sprinkle powdered sugar or baking soda all the way around it. You can also add glitter for magical dust. Lift the shoe and you’ll have a “snowy” footprint. This makes it seem like Santa has tracked snow all the way from the North Pole into your house. Create a trail of footsteps from the chimney (or front door for those without chimneys) to the Christmas tree. You can also use baby or children’s shoes to create elf footprints.
Make Some Noise
After kids have gone to bed, throw stones up on the roof above their bedroom. Shake some bells outside their window as well. This will give the impression that Santa’s sleigh has landed on the roof. Make sure to tell kids they can’t jump out of bed to see Santa or else he’ll have to leave without dropping off their presents.
Dress the Part
Dress up as Santa yourself or have a friend or relative do it. Santa can either visit your home before Christmas to ask what’s on your children’s wish list, or you can leave a camera out on Christmas Eve to “catch” Santa in the act. After the kids go to bed, take photos of "Santa" putting gifts under the tree and enjoying some milk and cookies. On Christmas morning, you can show your kids or let them discover the evidence for themselves.
Trisha Sprouse is a video producer for eHow and the founder of Vignette Blog. She specializes in lifestyle content and has a passion for storytelling in all its creative forms.