Admittedly, I had some insight seeing as it was ME!
Last year I was asked if I was able to be Santa for the local Pre-school. It was something I jumped at, as I love kids and the pre-school is a fantastic place, in which Kane had a great few years at.
The problem was, that last year it snowed very heavily, so much in fact the pre-school was closed and my services were no longer needed, so instead of getting dressed up and seeing the kids... I dressed up and walked about in the snow in our garden and fed the chickens!
There are some photos of last years outfit here.
I said goodbye to Jo after getting changed, and off I set to the pre-school.
Santa de-icing the windows.
A surprised looking Santa!
One can only blame the mince pies!
When I arrived I gently knocked on the door and Claire, the lady in charge, gave me one minute while she got the kids sitting down and quiet - then it was my grand entrance. I rang a set of sleigh bells outside the door and Claire asked the children if they could here anything - I was amazed at how many kids shouted out;
"SANTA'S SLEIGH BELLS!"
So with the door now open I walked in and did my "HO HO HO!". Claire guided me to a chair and the kids sat in front, looking up at me with excited eyes, and big grins.
Luckily, I happen to know some of the kids as their older siblings go to Kane's school - and it was amazing to see their little faces light up when I spoke to them by name and gave them a present wrapped and given by their parents to the pre-school previously.
One of the highlights was a little tiny speck of a girl who came up to me and said;
"I put a carrot out for your reindeer last year"
to which I replied;
"yes I know, and it gave my reindeer extra power so I was able to put all the children's' presents under the trees"
She went away grinning from ear to ear!
It was time to go once I had given out all the presents, and I was thanked by one parent who was holding a tiny baby dressed in red, with a Santa hat on - so cute! (I did remember to ask him if he'd been a good boy this year!)
It was a great experience, and you know what was the icing on the cake?
..... I've already been booked in for next years event as well!!