Talk to your kids at least a day before the visit. Show them photos of their friends or relatives with Santa, and talk about how much fun it will be to share their Christmas wishes in person. Choose your words carefully: Making comments such as “don’t be scared” may have the opposite effect!
When you think about using the photo for your Christmas cards, or even just having it around as a memory for years to come, it makes sense to be selective about clothing (for example, avoid T-shirts with logos).
Try not to show up with great expectations of how perfect your photo will be. Candid moments sometimes make the best pictures.
Have snacks, toys or even a favorite teddy bear handy to help ease fears and make a timid child more comfortable.
If there were ever a time to act silly behind the camera, it’s now. Once you drop your child off on Santa’s lap, do what you can to ensure you’re still visible so your child feels secure.
When your kids bring in their written letter or wish list to hand to Santa, it’s a moment that helps break the ice and allows for a natural interaction between the two.
Remember – they are kids, after all, and this shouldn’t be stressful. Keep a positive and upbeat attitude, and you’re even more likely to have great results.