’Tis the week before Christmas… and Santa is busy making phone calls!
The phone calls from Santa are ‘facilitated’ by Kevin Lowry, owner of the Santa phone call service Santa Calls Me.
Lowry told NFS it’s the personalized nature of his Santa calls that make his service special.
“We take the information provided by the parents, grandparents or whomever makes the order, and weave it into the conversation. Using teachers and pets names gives Santa an authenticity that might otherwise be lacking,” said Lowry.
The details are provided as part of the ordering process, just to make sure Santa has the most up-to-date information before the call.
What does Santa like to talk to kids about?
According to Lowry “Santa really likes to focus on the positive aspects of the year for each child. That being said, he will bring up one or two things the child could improve on for next year, but Santa makes sure each child is left feeling special and not that they were being reprimanded. Santa will also share secrets about the North Pole, his reindeer and his elves. Santa will end the call to take care of some business at the North Pole (there is a lot to do, you know). And with a ‘Ho, Ho, Ho!’ and a ‘Merry Christmas’ a magical Christmas memory has been made.”
Lowry has been running Santa Calls Me for 9 years now, and he said it’s a joy for Santa to make calls. “I keep finding new things to talk to the kids about and they love hearing secrets about the North Pole, my reindeer, and elves.”
Calls from Santa cost $19.99 for calls up through December 22. Calls on December 23 and Christmas Eve are $29.99. On Christmas Day, $32.99. After-Christmas calls are also available through December 31, at $26.99.
Santa can spend time with up to four children per call. The cost for each child after the first is $4.99. According to Lowry, each child will be given the same personalized time and care as the child before.
A number of add on services are also available, such as an email, or a recording of the call on CD.
Calls from Santa normally last 5 to 7 minutes, according to the site’s FAQ.
Santa makes calls to adults as well. One of Santa’s favorite calls, according to Lowry, was to a 58 year old man named Gary. “Gary had recently suffered a stroke, Gary’s wife used the Santa call to congratulate him on all his hard work to regain the motor function on the left side of his body. Gary loved talking with Santa and was in a jolly mood after the call.”
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