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Awakening The Magic Of Christmas

Visit With Santa, a Welcome Santa brand, was founded in 2016 with the purpose of awakening the magic of Christmas and nurturing enduring belief, childlike wonder, warmth and joy of the season for all.

Visit With Santa’s scalable, proprietary platform delivers ENCHANTING, LIVE, HEART-TO-HEART, VIDEO-VISITS WITH SANTA FROM THE COMFORT AND SAFETY OF HOME. Visits are PERSONALIZED FOR EACH CHILD, with details provided by parents, allowing Santa to surprise and delight the kiddos. While there’s no doubt that technology can bring us together, it is love and kindness that keep us connected.

We also help Mrs. Claus maintain her joy-filled online blog, Mrs. Claus' Diary.

How Visit With Santa Was Born?

Once upon a time… In his younger years, Grandfather (whom we call Oompa) was friends in school with Santa Claus (whom you might call Papa Noel or Father Christmas or St. Nicholas or any of a hundred names he is known by the world round). Growing up we often got to Visit with Santa Claus, and not just at Christmas. Santa Claus is jolly and generous and fun to be around all year long. Santa taught us to be thoughtful and giving, to work hard and play harder, to be good sports and good neighbors. Santa taught us to be kind to every kind, to care and to share, and to always do our best. The warmth and spirit of Christmas is alive in our homes all year long.

One day, as we were baking cookies in preparation for a Visit With Santa, Grandmother (whom we call Gran Gran or GG for short) mused, “Wouldn't it be wonderful if every child could get to know Santa like we do?” Gran Gran wondered how, in this busy world today, we might share Santa and the joy and meaning he brings to our lives. “What a beautiful idea!”, we exclaimed. “But how? Santa in his sleigh can circle the globe in a single night, but he is a busy guy and he can’t be everywhere at once.” Then, just as fast as Santa dropping down a chimney, the answer presented itself in a flash. What better way to bring Santa into your homes than by partnering technology with tradition. Now you can get to know Santa like we do - in your own personalized online Video-Visit.

Thus, Visit With Santa was born.

Our Family Believes in Santa ~ Believe With Us

12 Reasons Why Video-Visits Are Better

We believe you will find Visit With Santa Video-Visits are a more memorable and meaningful experience than the mall visit, and here's why:

  1. It might be one of the few socially distant experiences that is better than the tradition - we find families come back again and again for spring, summer, fall and Christmas Video-Visits with Santa
  2. You choose a time that works for you and just click the visit link in your reminder email, and meet with Santa right there on your computer or tablet at home
  3. It is more personalized - instead of just one-minute to tell Santa what you want for Christmas and say cheese - Santa will amaze your kiddos with the fun facts you share
  4. You don't have to brave the mall - no driving, no parking, no social distancing hassles
  5. Video-Visits are fun for the whole family and the time you save not driving to the mall can be used to make a special occasion of the event - pop some corn and get your ugly Christmas sweaters on
  6. It has always felt a little creepy and contradictory asking our kids to sit on a stranger's lap when we spend the rest of the time telling them not to talk to strangers.
  7. Who knows where that mall Santa’s lap has been - hundreds of kids climb on him all day long
  8. No getting all the way to the front of the line only to find your little braveheart has gone shy and scared or they need an urgent trip to the bathroom
  9. It is not as scary to talk to Santa when you get to do it from the comfort and safety of mom’s lap in your own home - you can even wear your pjs if you want
  10. No awkward questions about why Santa is at a mall in Poughkeepsie instead of the North Pole getting ready for the big departure on Christmas eve
  11. It is more affordable - $24.99 for a live Video-Visit with Santa, including your shareable Keepsake Video, that’s about 50% of the average mall Santa photo package
  12. Your Keepsake Video makes grandma and grandpa feel like they were in the room with you

Gather your family for your uplifting and unforgettable time with everyone's favorite jolly old elf himself. Your kids will talk about their personalized Visit with Santa for days and days, and together you can revisit the joy of Christmas all year-round with your Keepsake Video.

Believe With Us

This letter inspires us at Visit With Santa and describes what it means to us to hold Christmas in our hearts all year round

"Is There a Santa Claus?" reprinted from the September 21, 1897, number of The New York Sun.

Yes, Virginia ...

We take pleasure in answering thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of The Sun:

Dear Editor—

I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, "If you see it in The Sun, it's so." Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus?

"Virginia O'Hanlon 115 West Ninety Fifth Street"

Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men's or children's, are little. In this great universe of ours, man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus! It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence.

We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The external light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.

Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies. You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if you did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that's no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.

You tear apart the baby's rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived could tear apart. Only faith, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.

No Santa Claus! Thank God! He lives and lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay 10 times 10,000 years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.

Santa’s Dream Team

A Visit With Santa should be as easy as pushing a button in today's world of technology. It should be and it is. But it took some doing to create. There were lots of moving pieces that had to fit together. Many decisions to be made and rules to be followed. Building and buying, trying and testing until we came up with the best set of technology solutions customized to this purpose. Like all big ideas this took a dream team. Mrs. Claus and all of the reindeer, including Olive, and a whole lot of elves pitched in from several fields of expertise, around this idea to create an enchanting, heart-to-heart Visit with Santa and nurture belief and wonder all year round. The Visit With Santa team earned their chops working with companies from Amazon to Visa, including Costco, PWC, Microsoft and Hudson Bay Company. Creating a custom technology platform that enables delivery of an unforgettable, personalized, interactive experience, creating treasured memories for the child in all of us. All at a push of a button.

How Is The Magic Made?

Visit With Santa’s secret recipe for making magical, memorable moments includes generous helpings of inspiration - belief - big dreams and a big-hearted team - purpose and philanthropy - innovation - energy - technology - dedication - quality control - personalization - preparation - elf help - ambiance - Santa’s devotion - meaningful moments - spontaneous wonder - merry making and jolly jingling - the spirit of the season all year round. From our family to yours with boundless hope for your health and abundance !

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