The COVID-19 pandemic truly caused a disruption to everyone's everyday lives, and this has affected the way everyone was able and will be able to celebrate the holidays. Santa Claus is a huge tradition when it comes to Christmas, and he keeps children happy throughout the entire year by spreading joy across the world. If you want to ensure that he is able to continue to spread Christmas cheer despite the pandemic, you may want to consider setting up virtual Santa visits. Keep reading to learn a few tips that will help your virtual Santa visit event go off without a hitch.
Touch Base with the Party Host
It is always a good idea to check in with the party host ahead of time. This is particularly true if there are going to be children participating in the virtual event. You will want to get a list of all of the children's names ahead of time, along with whatever may be on their Christmas wish list and any other pertinent information that will be needed on the day of the actual event.
Make Use of a Virtual Background
If you plan to use Zoom, you can actually download a virtual background with a Christmas theme that will make it appear like you are working hard at the North Pole. If you will be using Skype or Facetime, you can blur the background to maintain the focus on you. However, it may be best if you simply purchase a quality Christmas-themed background that can be put up behind you.
Be Prepared with Stories and/or Songs
During the virtual Santa visit, you want to ensure that you are able to keep the guests engaged. This is particularly true if there are several children on the call. A good idea is to read a popular Christmas story or even sing a couple of Christmas songs. If you would like, you could talk to the host to find out if they have a preference of stories or songs for you to do.
Test Audio and Sound Beforehand
The last thing that you want to occur is for your audio and sound to not working on the day of the virtual event. Therefore, make sure to run a few test calls to ensure everything is running smoothly and that you know how to operate all of your equipment. You don't want to look like you don't know what you are doing when everyone is counting on you—Santa!