As the Christmas draws close, children are super excited for the jolly old Santa Claus to arrive with his gift sack and fill their socks with gifts. They are trying to be as well behaved as they can possibly be and keeping their fingers crossed with anticipation.
Some children who are more mature for their years know that Santa Claus is not a real person. However, none denies that they like the suspense around the surprise gifts and the excitement St. Nick a.k.a Santa Claus brings to their lives during Christmas every year.
For a healthy cognitive development of a child, play is very important. For example, a child playing with dolls might try to imitate the way her mother nursed her. The ability to fantasize during play helps a child to learn and react to situations when she would face it in real life later. For fantasizing a good imagination, is also very important. So believing in the story of Santa Claus and imagining him going around the world with his gifts on a reindeer sleigh not only allows them to imagine, but also be happy and well behaved to ‘earn’ a reward.
Therefore, it is imperative that parents encourage this idea during Christmas time and use this opportunity to reward their children and motivate them to work hard to earn the good things in life.
Here are a few tips dress as a jolly old Santa Claus and spread smiles amongst your children and the ones in your neighbourhood:
- Put on a red Santa costume with white fur, red pants, black boots, long white beard, a Santa cap, and, of course, a sack of goodies!
- If possible, hold the bell and jingle on whenever you like. At the same time, do not forget to shout a “Ho Ho Ho!” every time a child comes up to talk to you.
- Laugh out loud, crack up jokes and be jolly as much as you can. Happiness is contagious and children really love making merry. That would make you look like a ‘real’ Santa and you, as well as, the children will enjoy the time and propagate the Christmas cheer all over.
- As for the goodies sack, fill it with chocolates, cookies, toys, balloons, dolls, and whatever you can fancy a child would love! One of my friends who staged as a Santa last year had a huge sack with all sorts of stuffs. He had even asked me to send a fruit basket in UK to include that in his sack lest some child may ask for some fruits! But remember, never promise a child any gift, the child may be saddened if he or she doesn’t get it. The best way to deal with this is by giving out whatever comes at hand and then move on.
They say there is nothing better than drawing a smile on a child’s face. It is true.