LBB (as we shall call him) wasn't too impressed with small boy's behaviour, so one morning he was found at the computer with a personalised message from Santa (courtesy of the nice people at PNP - Portable North Pole). If you're not familiar with their work, this site allows you to create a personalised message from Santa, which features the child's name, what year they are in at school, what they want for Christmas and photos. The best thing is that it is free!
You can upgrade, which I did, which costs £2.99 and allows you to upload more photos, get a longer video, and go back and view the video more than once over the Christmas holidays . (This costs £2.99. with 5% going to children's hospices). Pay for the upgrade and you also get another message on Christmas Eve.
You can choose if the recipient (which can also be an adult if you wish) has been nice, naughty or somewhere in the middle. Thanks to the recent behaviour, I opted for somewhere in the middle, so small boy is now on his best behaviour in the hope of getting back on the nice list before Christmas Eve.
It's a magical addition to the fun of Christmas for children - and some children I know who have decided they are too old for the whole visit to Santa thing, still enjoy getting their personalised message from Santa. It's also a neat addition to tracking Santa's progress on Christmas Eve on the NORAD site. This has become a tradition in our house, and we get out the atlas so we can take a look at each country he is visiting - so we even squeeze in a bit of education while we're at it!
Do you have a shelf on the elf? What has he or she been up to? Or do you have other Christmas traditions. We'd love to hear about them