2023 Author: Anita Thornton | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-11-27 18:44
Each of my uncles, even my grandma, once donned the famous red Santa Claus costume! Woman or man, pot-bellied or small: the important thing, to make a good Santa Claus, is to play the game!
To make a good Santa Claus, it takes a good costume. Children are cunning and very observant! And with the many, very very handsome Santa Clauses they meet throughout the month of December, let's face it: the bar is high! A discounted suit usually doesn't measure up, and a cotton beard doesn't fool anyone anymore.
Santa Claus pros therefore recommend getting a nice costume, or simply renting it from a speci alty store. Of course, you have to plan ahead!
Remember: every detail matters, and so does what you wear on your feet. A Santa Claus wearing white espadrilles doesn't do.
A grand entrance
The fireplace? Unless you are a chimney sweep by profession, obviously, we avoid!!! This doesn't mean you can't make a grand entrance – even if you use the front door.
A few bells on you or in your hands will allow you to createa festive atmosphere and a surprise effect. Of course, it is essential to use the traditional “Ho! Oh! Oh! »
A Santa Claus who arrives on snowshoes, who has a BIG red bag on a sleigh, at least what looks like a BIG red bag from the inside, who gives himself an air of a man who knows what he is doing and where he is going, etc. will have a great effect on children who will be impressed by the sight of this legendary character.
Why not leave a trail of sparkles outside for your kids to see the next day? Or leaving sleigh tracks or reindeer tracks in the snow to make the magic last?
Create a story
All actors will tell you: before interpreting a character, you have to create a story, a past. No need to imagine everything that Santa Claus would say to his shrink, once lying on the sofa, but create a good story! It can be very simple: you come from the elf factory, you have to leave soon to go to China… Let your imagination run wild!
Being Santa Claus
A nice costume is necessary, as we mentioned before, but that's not all: now you have to put yourself in the shoes of Santa Claus, that is, talk like him, walk like him and, of course, laugh like him! Oh! Oh! Ho!
Change your voice: it should be serious, but also soft, so as not to frighten the children. And don't forget that little daddyChristmas has a few extra books!
Adapt to children's personality
A good Santa Claus must adapt to the personality of children. Some are more outgoing, others more timid. To loosen their tongues, at the beginning, you could ask them simple questions or invite them to sing a song. Obviously, they're all really looking forward to developing their gifts, but it might still be a good idea to tell them a little story beforehand (about Rudolf, or Mrs. Claus, who couldn't join you…) question of relaxing the atmosphere and putting them perfectly at ease.
Be a diplomat to the end of your gloves
There comes an age when the child no longer believes, or is in between and wonders about the existence of Santa Claus. These smart little ones risk unmasking you and asking you lots of embarrassing questions that could make you lose your means. So imagine that they are journalists, and that you are a diplomat in office: gently dodge the questions!
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