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Archive for December, 2009

8 days left!

December 17th, 2009 | Filed under: news | Posted by Elf Matt

Eight more days until Christmas!

And there is still plenty of time to get your photo taken with Santa.  This year, we are printing them out on site so you’ll have plenty of time to frame it, wrap it and give it to a loved one!

What a great gift!

Photo of the day!

December 15th, 2009 | Filed under: news | Posted by Elf Matt

Letters to Santa in the 60's

December 14th, 2009 | Filed under: news | Posted by Elf Matt

The most requested toys in the 1960’s were:

Everything Beatles!  Records, coloring books, toy guitars, lunchboxes…

Hot Wheels

The Super Ball

Instant Insanity (a colored cube game akin to the later Rubik’s Cube

Tonka Trucks

Twister (“Right foot green!)

14 days left!

December 10th, 2009 | Filed under: news | Posted by Elf Matt

Christmas is coming soon!

Don’t wait til the last minute for your Santa photo!  Check for locations and hours.

The crying photos

December 9th, 2009 | Filed under: news | Posted by Elf Matt

Santa believes every family has at LEAST one photo like this.

The crying photo comes in all different forms.  Although it only lasts for a few seconds,  kids are happy as soon as they step away.

These photos certainly captured the moment.  And probably provided lots of viewings, stories and chuckles over the years.

There’s the “I’m pretty unhappy about this”

There’s the full on “Who IS this guy?” cry

And, of course,  “If I can’t see him, I’m not here”

And portraits that seem to come with their own soundtrack.  Can’t you just hear the wails?

Happy Holidays!  Santa looks forward to seeing you soon!

Pop quiz!

December 8th, 2009 | Filed under: news | Posted by Elf Matt

Dr. Clement Clarke Moore is famous for writing…

a)  Jingle Bells

b) Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

c) A Christmas Carol

d) A Visit from St. Nicholas

Mmmmmm….Cranberry Bread

December 8th, 2009 | Filed under: news | Posted by Elf Matt

A nice cold winter day is a great day for baking yummy holiday treats!


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter or margarine
  • 2 tablespoons hot water
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients. In another bowl, beat egg. Add  butter and hot water. Add to flour mixture, stirring just until moistened. Gently fold in cranberries and walnuts. Spoon into greased 9-in. x 5-in. x 3-in. loaf pan. Bake at 325 degrees F for 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack.

Enjoy with your family and friends!

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The Wish List

December 7th, 2009 | Filed under: news | Posted by Elf Matt

Writing a letter to Santa is a great activity for kids!

It helps them to get their favorite wishes down on paper.  (It’s not uncommon for little minds to go blank in Santa’s presence)

Plus, it’s a fun way to prepare for the visit.  Santa is always impressed when he sees how hard kids worked writing, coloring and pasting cutout photos to their lists.   Parents have been known to secretly snatch these mini-works-of-art back for scrapbooks.  But that’s ok, because Santa has a photographic memory and would never, ever forget what a child asked for.

Tips for a great Santa visit part one–the baby

December 6th, 2009 | Filed under: news | Posted by Elf Matt

The first Santa photo is usually the easiest!

These ones are so cute–he kids snuggle into Santa’s warm arms, gaze at him and make for a wonderful photo.  Pulling on that beautiful white beard is hard to resist at that age.  Or sometimes, they sleep right through it, which is even cuter!

1) Dress them up in something cute!

“Baby’s first Christmas”  onesies, “Santa’s Little Helper” tee and mini Santa outfits make for a special first photo.  Look at how nicely this striped romper pops in this portrait.

2) Pick a good time to come.

Check our website for location and hours.  The earlier you come, the shorter the lines!  And weekdays (especially mornings and early afternoons) are the slowest.

3) Have fun choosing your favorite with our new digital photo system!

4) Don’t forget extra copies for grandparents and wallets to slip into Christmas cards!

Christmas trivia!

December 4th, 2009 | Filed under: news | Posted by Elf Matt

Colors of the season: red and green

Why are red and green the colors of Christmas?  No one really knows for sure, but there have been plenty of educated guesses.

Green is the easier one to theorize about–it is the color of the evergreens that symbolize so much that is important to the meaning of the holiday.  The holly berry might be responsible for the red.