Portable North Pole is up and running for the 2011 holiday season! If you've never tried this, now is the time to do it! It's quick, it's free, and the kids think it's the coolest thing in the world. In just a few easy steps, you can create a personalized video from Santa Claus for your kids, grand kids, nieces and nephews, friends, etc. All you have to do is provide a few details about the person.
The first step is choosing who the video is for: a nice child or a naughty child. You can also choose a nice adult or a naughty adult. You'll continue on to add their name, gender, age, birthday (if you want Santa to send them a birthday message), and what country they reside in. Verify pronunciation by listening to how Santa says the name of your child. So fun!
Step two is what you want Santa to talk about. The first question asks about the child's daily life. Are they in the first grade? Second grade? Are they with mom or dad all day? Both? The next question asks what special effort the child has been asked of this year. There are multiple categories (school, home, etc.) then you choose a task. Putting toys away, being nice to friends, brushing teeth, taking a bath without complaining, etc. Next you can type in what gift the child has asked for or can expect this year. Or if you prefer, Santa doesn't have to mention the toy in the video.
In step three you can upload a photo of your child. You'll want to add at least one photo to add to the fun. The video will show Santa looking through his book and he'll come across your child's page, where they'll see his or her picture. You can add two more photos so he can talk about your child through the year. I always just do the one picture.
The final step is to confirm your identity and relationship to the child. You will enter your e-mail address so Santa can e-mail you the video. You can also send the video to the child's e-mail address if his or her family has one separate from your own.
And that's it! The video is so cute and I love how Santa talks to the child by name. I made one for my 20-month-old son, Brycen. You can view his video here if you'd like to see an example.
Enjoy making your videos! The kids are going to love it!