Now in your inbox: Real live Santa.

I hear in some places, you have to book the best mall Santa in October to get a word in with the jolly guy, and he still might get your kid’s name wrong leading to a public freak-out. (It’s happened to us all!)

But now, thanks to the wonders of technology, your inbox is the best place to catch the ear of Jolly Old St. Nick.

Register at Portable North Pole, and you can send a message from Santa Claus to a toddler, older child, or even an adult. After navigating an extensive online questionnaire that even mentions siblings, chores, and the most coveted gift on your child’s list, PNP creates a high quality video of Santa speaking directly to your child.

You’ll get a quick tour of the North Pole hot spots, hear a little about your child’s strengths and areas for improvement, and even see your child’s name, right there in Santa’s book. And if your kid’s name isn’t as exotic as mine, Santa even says it. Neato.

The best part of all? Sending messages through Portable North Pole is free. If you want a DVD keepsake, they’ll make one for a small charge. But otherwise, it’s the most personal Santa experience I’ve found without ending up on the local Scared of Santa photo gallery.

It’s also a great alternative for kids who can’t handle the pressure of waiting in line in scratchy tights to talk to a stranger in a fake beard. And I know, because I was one of them. –Delilah

Make your own free Santa video at Portable North Pole.


Senior Associate Editor Delilah S. Dawson puts the chic in geek. Ask her anything about Star Wars. Really.


  • Reply December 12, 2010


    this is the coolest thing ever! we did it last year and my then first grader was in awe!

  • Reply December 12, 2010


    My mother sent this video to our 5-year-old last week, and it was a huge hit. Really, it was so magical it brought tears to my eyes.

  • Reply December 13, 2010


    It’s a great idea.
    I was able to create a message in Spanish.
    I love when Santa tells my kid he has to work harder (great when you don’t have a perfect kid)
    Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply December 13, 2010

    Kim Theriault

    Thank You so much!!! This is wonderful!!! My daughter is going to love this!!

  • Reply December 18, 2010

    Denise D

    I LOVE THIS and you can send out as many as you want. Thank you for sharing with us readers~

  • Reply December 18, 2010


    I did this for my daughter. We just finished watching it. I thought it was amazing! Somebody did a wonderful job putting that together so seamlessly. The production quality is stunning. Unfortunately, I now know that my daughter finds the jolly old elf, um, creepy. Now I know why she didn’t want to go see him at the mall, which was why I did the PNP video in the first place. But *I* still think this is cool as heck. Maybe I’ll make one for myself. :-)

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