Star Wars Newest Character – Porg

Porg only had a very brief appearance in the latest Star Wars trailer for the Last Jedi but it was enough to tell us this cute little guy will probably be the most popular toy next to Rey who will be the star of this movie.

Porg
Porg was introduced in the Star Wars trailer Oct 2017

Hasbro has a wide selection and price range of toys featuring Porg so you can find toys that are plush, talking (clips from the movie), animated as well as Chewie and the Porgs hardcover book.  Check out some of the toys and the book with the links below.  Better yet, go ahead and get the one you like and set up a visit for Santa to deliver your child their new Star Wars Porg.

 Chewie and the Porgs 

Electronic plush Porg

Flaps and chatters, waddles and moves.  Check out the video of this Porg to see it in action.

 

Toys for 2017

Best New Toys For Christmas 2017 - Popular Hottest Toy of 2018
What will your children ask Santa for this year?

It is hard to believe but there are only 78 days until Christmas!

Are you wondering what your children may be asking for this year?  Some of my elves like Amazon, Toyrus, and Walmart these are some of the toys to expect your guys and gals to be asking for. Hatchimals has two new products one of which is very interactive and the CollEGGtibles collection which is a nice stocking stuffer at about $10 each. If you want to share a toy that perhaps you had then Teddy Ruxpin is back and more magical than ever.  Finally, Fingerlings the Interactive Baby Monkey may also prove very popular.

Santa Bruce

 

See the 67 new toys that are expected to be the most popular this year. Click the link which will take you to the article elf Jennifer has put together to see all of the toys. 2017’s Most Popular New Toys for Kids This Christmas

Vonage Users – Leave a Message for Santa

When you were growing up, wouldn’t it have been great if you could talk to Santa? This year, the man in red is just a phone call away. So your kids can tell Santa himself what they want for Christmas.
Now through Christmas Eve, they can leave Santa a message by calling 1-700-CALL-SANTA (1-700-225-5726) for free, from any Vonage home phone.
They’ll hear a holiday greeting from Santa in his workshop at the North Pole. We’ll also email you a recording of your child’s wish list that you can share with family and friends. It’s a great way to make memories and spread holiday cheer.
The Santa Hotline - 1. Call 1-700-CALL-SANTA (Toll-Free) 2. Your child leaves a message for Santa 3. We email you a recording of your child's message
The fun continues on Christmas Eve. Starting at 5 p.m. EST on December 24, your family can call 1-700-CALL-SANTA to follow Santa and his reindeer on their journey, as they deliver gifts around the world.

Reindeer Getting Ready for Christmas

The weather channel was able to capture a video of the Reindeer feasting on some lichens under the snow.  Only 41 days until Christmas so time to fatten up before our big trip.  Rudolph and I will be traveling to Atlanta and he always enjoys eating fresh grass when we visit the Atlanta area.

 

Looking for a Gift for a 11 or 12 Year Old?

Sphero SPRK+ STEAM Educational Robot

Need a gift for a 11 or 12 year old who loves technology?  This gift may be just the right choice for that preteen and it is not just a toy or a game but a gift that will teach kids the fundamentals of programming.   Many STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts Math) programs are actually using these in class so this will allow the student to master what at home what they are learning at school.

The Sphero SPRK is a clear round ball that lets the preteen see what they are controlling.  A Bluetooth interface allows the Sphero to be controlled by compatible phones or tablets . If your preteen saw BB8 last year and you held off getting them one then this is a great substitute that will teach them more about how to control a robot to navigate a maze, swim across the water, or do a little dance.

Check out the Sphero site to learn more about this educational tool or see a video of the Sphero SPRK+ in action.   http://www.sphero.com/sprk-plus

 

Cookies for Santa?

Cute video.  Why not set out something different for Santa this year.  If the children ask why bacon?  Just show them this video.

School Visits Underway

This is almost the end of the second week of my Christmas season.  The past two weeks have been full with preschool visits in the Cumming, Sugar Hill, and Buford area.  A photo shoot in Holly Springs, and a visit to Windermere rounded out my visits.

It’s not to late to schedule a home visit for this season!  Check my calendar using this link Santa’s Calendar for now since my calendar page has some issues as they are updating the software.  December – Really?

When I arrive at your home it will be in my motorized (Honda FIT) Rudolph sleigh.

Santa's sleighn
Look for Santa’s sleigh around Atlanta

Create a Free Custom Nice List Certificate

Blue Mountain Printable Cards

Santa\'s List
Create “Nice List” certificates for your childrenchowmeyow / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-SA
Create \”Nice List\” certificates for your children

I use Blue Mountain electronic cards all of the time as I have family spread from the extreme Southeast to the extreme Northwest.  They are always coming out with new cards that are perfect for birthdays, anniversaries, and whatever.  I just happened to be searching and found some interest items in their printable collection.  I have been a long time Hallmark user for printable cards and really like them but this appears to be just about as easy to use.

The card I thought you might find interesting for Christmas is a “Nice List Certificate” that you can create and print online.  Looks like they currently have a problem printing from Chrome, so you may need to use a different browser.

My thought was to begin the season with letting your children know they are on the “Nice List”.  Perhaps  have your elf bring it with them when they come around Thanksgiving.  You could even spell out some good deeds that Santa and your elf would like to see them work on as they experience the meaning of Christmas.

You can check out the “Nice List Certificate” at this link: http://www.bluemountain.com/printable-cards/christmas/nice-list-certificate/card-3170689

Thinking About an Elf for Your Child?

Free Introduction Letter for Your New Elf

Elf visit for Christmas
Children really want elves and they can be lots of fun!w4nd3rl0st (InspiredinDesMoines) / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-ND

Elves are very popular with children, so much so that Santa has to ask about how many elves and what are their names.  If you are thinking about getting an elf for the first time or about another elf then perhaps you would like a letter from Santa introducing your new elf.  The letter gives some background about your elf and what the children might expect.  Santa signed the letter and the address is from Santa’s Desk.  The letter is in an Adobe PDF format form where you can add the name of your child.  Just download the file, open the PDF, click in the “TO:”  field and enter the name(s) of the child or family.

I will be adding new files over time which will include “Nice Certificates” from your elf, “Need to Try Harder”, and many other letters you can use to keep the magic of Christmas alive.  In an upcoming post I will also give information on how you can create your own letter from Santa and have the USPS deliver it with a North Pole postmark.

Get your free introduction letter here.  Elf Arrival Letter