Each of our families gets a questionnaire to help us know the children for their visit. Parents can share what kinds of things their children are interested in, the names of pets or good friends or even something they received for Christmas in the past they might like Santa to mention in his visit. They also share with us if the child has any allergies or special needs when sharing milk and cookies with Santa. We also ask to share with us if their is anything more that we need to know to help their child's visit be as positive and memorable as possible. We have had extremely shy children, and some very active ones. We've had children with physical challenges and some with emotional challenges as well. Santa's is so kind, and patient with each of our guests.
One of the options on our questionnaire is if parents would like to have the nativity story included in their visit. Santa tells the story of Mary and Joseph and the Christ child, reminding the children of the first Christmas and why we celebrate this beautiful day. I love when he talks about the wise men and the gifts they shared with the baby Jesus. He tells of the star that shown in the night and the angels that shared the news of his birth with the shepherds on that cold night. He also shares why many people place a star or an angel on top of their Christmas tree.