Before TextsFromSanta began, I had noticed how tuned in my three boys were into my cell phone and anytime I used it. Even when they were super young and couldn’t read! They would always want me to read the texts I received out loud to them (and sometimes tell me what to respond!)
Counting down to Christmas Day has always been a big thing in our house. I first started building the TextsFromSanta concept for my kids, the kids in my family, and kids of friends of ours. We would set our ring tone to a Christmas sound, so the kids would know when a text was coming specifically from Santa. They LOVED it! It was just enough contact from Santa and would really enforce the countdown to the big day.
Soon friends of friends were interested in getting their children’s name on Santa’s contact list. I built up the system a little larger under the name SantasTexts.com, and made access public, sending the link to my friends and extended family. That was almost 4 years ago! Now we have received so much positive feedback and interest from other parents and grandparents, that I’ve been working to rebuild the system into TextsFromSanta.com, with the ability to reach thousands of children around the world! Santa loves the idea so much that he now sends texts out each day in December up to Christmas – and on Christmas day he even sends a selfie from when he visits a child’s home!
I am still working hard because there are so many additional fun features I would love to build into TextsFromSanta! A lot of those ideas come from parents and grandparents who have gotten texts from Santa in previous years, or just have great thoughts on how to make the anticipation of Christmas even greater. If you have any ideas that you think kids would love, let me know!