Following our visit to Beamish earlier in the year, where we had only managed to get round half of the Museum because little legs was tired, I was over the moon to be invited back to see what delights there were to be found at their Christmas Celebrations.
Christmas is such a magical time. You know it is upon you when the slightest mention of Father Christmas send the children in to hyper mode.
I think we all do it, but it is an amazing time of the year when you can use Santa as not only a treat but a threat for any naughty behaviour. (That sounds awful but how many of us are lost come January when you can’t use Santa as a behaviour bribe).
Over the last few years, since I discovered PNP (Portable North Pole) I have taken advantage of their make a video of Santa free download. Every year it has worked a treat, not only in completely captivating the kids but also in getting me in the Christmas Spirit.
So What is PNP? I hear you ask….
“Portable North Pole (PNP) is an online platform used by Santa and his elves to send personalized video messages and calls to the people you care about most anywhere around the world. In just a few simple steps, you can help Santa gather all the information he needs about your loved one and create a tailor-made video message or phone call that is positively magical. But that isn’t all Santa and his magical elves have in store! To create truly unforgettable memories, you can even download a HD version of your video to keep for years to come”
I was blown away by the videos/calls that are available for you tailor to your own needs.
On entering the site you are offered the choice of Videos, Phone Calls and also stories that are read out to your children.
I opted to have a different video for each of my three making each one different in behaviour too. Just to try it out and see what happens if you are on the naughty list.
For Penny I did the Visit Elves House video. I was prompted in some very easy steps to add the details I would like to the video. This includes her age, a picture of Penny and one of our house, what she had been asked to do this year and also which list I felt she should be on. (As she had been particularly trying that day, I chose naughty list). The video lasts for just under six minutes and Penny was drawn in from the very start.
She wasn’t that overjoyed when Santa told her she needed to try harder to make the good list however and despite feeling really bad, I hoped that hearing she had been naughty from the man himself might do the trick.
By the end of the day she had been a little angel and it would seem a chat with the big man did the trick. So, I decided to give the phone call option a try.
This is simple, you have to enter your contact number a few simple details of the child and they get a very authentic sounding call in return.
Santa told her she was on the good list and to make sure she kept her behaviour good. (I would like to say it was still having an effect and if I threaten the phone call she soon snaps out of her little tempers).
Libby had The Big Book message. The details that you enter are fairly similar only in “The Big Book” you are asked to enter something that your child has asked for or is working towards with their behaviour. The video concentrates on the book hat Santa holds for each of us and like with the first on you can enter four names from your family that appear along side the child in questions name on the book shelf.
Libby was on the good list because of her recent achievements and she was overjoyed that Santa told her she was doing well and he would try his best to make sure her doll was under the tree on Christmas morning.
Regan had a video too for him I did the Secret Places Video. He was unphased by the whole thing but then I wouldn’t expect any the less from a grunting teenager.
PNP for me is now something that I love to see the kids watching in the weeks leading up to Christmas. On top of the Christmas Videos, Stories and Calls there is is also the opportunity to get Birthday greetings for your children and a special Christmas Eve video, there is also an Online Shop with official merchandise.
The phone calls can be tailored to the situation with call categories including, Congratulations, Behaviour to improve, Encouragement and Christmas Eve, there is something for us all to get excited over.
The kids are taken in by Santa, the Elves and the landscapes and settings they use for the videos. It is a truly magical thing to be able to do for the kids and seeing their faces is priceless.
Full Membership is reasonably priced and for what you get in return it is well worth the investment.