If The Elf on the Shelf isn’t enough to have your little doubter believe in the magic of the season, there’s an app that can help.
Santa Message 2 U is a voice augmenting app that can have you recording personal messages to your kids from Santa. [$1.99 iTunes App Store] (And like The Elf on the Shelf, this is another mom-invention.)
We regularly “send emails” to Saint Nick. This app has been the perfect way for Santa to reply. Since I “send the emails” from my iPhone, I can play the replies to my son from the phone and he buys in.
A couple of tips – practice with the voice augmenting levels a couple of times before you play it for your kids. My first couple of takes had the Jolly Old Elf sounding a little bit like Saw. Creepy.
Ramp up the background noise in the app so it sounds like Santa is emailing his message from a very busy workshop of elves.
About once a week Santa fires a message to my son with a comment on something he’s done in the past couple of days.
He’s digging it and, most importantly, still believing.