Why did we offer a Santa Experience this holiday season? According to history.com, the most iconic department store Santa is Kris Kringle in the 1947 classic Santa Claus movie “Miracle on 34 Street.” A young Natalie Wood played a little girl who believes Kris Kringle (played by Edmund Gwenn, who won an Oscar for the role) when he says he is the real Santa Claus. “Miracle on 34 Street” was remade in 1994 and starred Lord Richard Attenborough and Mara Wilson.
The Macy’s Santa has appeared at almost every Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade since it began in 1924, and fans of all ages still line up to meet the Macy’s Santa in New York City and at stores around the country, where children can take pictures on Santa’s lap and tell him what they want for Christmas.
With a brand new studio and plenty of space to host this iconic individual, we brought Santa to our studio this year for a Santa Experience, and it’s sure to be just one of many, or so we hope. We had a full hot chocolate bar with hot chocolate donated by our local Hinesville Starbucks. Between candy canes, chocolate chips and plenty of marshmallows, there was plenty of sugar and fun all around.
Santa read books to the children explaining how the elves that sit on our shelves came to be, shared cookies from The Peanut Butter Sucker located outside of Nashville, TN and then even had time for a few snowball fights. Our amazing backdrop came from Intuition Backgrounds by Becky Gregory of course and it paired up perfectly for an outdoor tree farm setup!
We are already planning our Santa experience for 2020!! Think in kitchen baking cookies with both Santa and Mrs. Claus!! Watch for early session purchase options come June or July 2020.