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November 7, 2013

Norman resident fills the role of Santa

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If you have more gifts than will fit in his sack, Santa will usually ask a couple of the ‘big kids’ (adults) to be honorary elves and instruct them to bring in the extra gifts.

4. Have a special chair for Santa

Folding chairs, plastic chairs, and low chairs (the one’s you sink into) are not good. Santa likes a chair that is sturdy and stable. A good, sturdy straight-back dining chair with no arms works well. He should be able to sit comfortably with the chair supporting him plus a child on each knee.

5. Place the chair in a holiday setting

Place Santa’s chair in front of a decorated wall or any festive type of backdrop for photos that will express the holiday season. Place a wreath, a few Christmas cards or your children’s drawings on the wall for a perfect backdrop. Leave a foot or two between the chair and the tree or wall. This will allow room for others to gather around and behind Santa’s chair for group photos.

6. Get everyone together before Santa enters

To prevent wasted time during Santa’s visit, gather everyone together before Santa arrives. If everyone is scattered around the house or office, you lose valuable time.

Santa should call you when he is five minutes away from arriving. That’s your cue to have someone go outside to meet Santa, and for you to get everyone together to maybe sing some Christmas carols. If Santa is to bring in presents, the person meeting him can help him fill his bag. Then, at the right moment, Santa can pop in and join everyone in the singing. If you have a large group of children to see Santa, you should assign someone to be Santa’s helper and coordinate the children as they each visit Santa.

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