Since the children were younger, one of my favourite moments each Christmas has always been watching their faces light up when I told them that Santa had sent them a video message just for them.
They used to sit in front of my laptop and watch as I opened the message that Santa had emailed me for them.
They used to watch with wonder in their eyes as Santa lets them know that he’s been keeping eye on them all year.
They used to gasp with amazement as Santa congratulates them on some of their achievements throughout the year.
They even used to look a little sheepish as Santa pointed out something they need to work on (usually tidying their rooms).
And they used to hold their breath at the end of the video as Santa checked in with the elves to see if they were on the good list or the naughty list.
The relief on their faces when they were told they were on the good list was always huge and the smiles on their faces afterwards was one of the truly magical moments of Christmas for me.
Even after Miss Frugal stopped believing, she still pretended for Master Frugal’s sake and she managed to fake the magic of the moment enough that I didn’t feel sad that she wasn’t a believer anymore.
But this year is the first year that neither of them are believers and I did consider not making them a video this year but it’s such a lovely part of our Christmas traditions that I’m going to do it anyway. I’m going to make them a message as I already have and I might even tell them to pretend that they still believe it’s genuine – just for this one last year.
If you want your own video – pop over to Portable North Pole to make your own.
There’s a premium version this year by the looks of it but I’ve never bought it because the free versions you can choose from magical enough on their own.
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