At the age of just 7, my daughter’s belief in Father Christmas is wavering. She’s already sussed out that the tooth fairy doesn’t exist, and is starting to ask questions about Santa as well. However there is one thing that seems to keep reassuring her that Santa is real, and that is the fact that she sees him each year in a special personalised video. So when the folks at Portable North Pole were looking for bloggers to work with to raise awareness of their product, I knew it was something I wanted to write about.
I’ve made videos for the kids for the last 2 or 3 years using the Portable North Pole web site, and I just love watching their faces as they see Santa talking to them, knowing details about them and even see pictures of themselves in the video. It really is part of the magic of Christmas for me, and for them.
You can make the basic video for free, and the content of the free video changes each year so your child never sees the same thing twice. For more customisation options you can pay for a premium video (this is great if you have more than one child and want them each to have different videos), or if you want to be able to save the video to your computer you can pay for that too. The options are only a couple of pounds each, which seems pretty reasonable to me (although the basic free service has always served me well enough).
This year I was a bit worried. My daughter’s reading is now good enough for her to read the adverts on the Portable North Pole website, which promote their other services. I wasn’t sure I wanted her to be able to see things that said “personalise your video here”. I want to keep the magic for a bit longer at least. Thankfully I discovered that there is a free Portable North Pole Pole app, available for both iOS and Android, which allows you to save your videos to your device, and then enter a PIN to protect the parent area. Without knowing the PIN, all the child can do is watch their video and play a couple of Santa-themed games. To save the video to your device you need to have either paid for a Premium video on the PNP website, or buy the ability to download the video via an in-app purchase of £1.99 (iOS price).
I showed both kids their videos this morning, and they were both delighted. They were genuinely on tenterhooks as they waited to be told if they were on the naughty or nice list (thankfully they’ve both been nice this year).
So thanks Portable North Pole. You’ve kept the magic alive for us for another year. Although shortly after watching her video the geekdaughter asked if we could set up our GoPro camera on the landing on Christmas Eve to capture any action – I might not be out of the woods yet!
If you’re running as late as I am this year, and still want to create a personalised video for your kids, the people at Portable North Pole have sent me a discount code for my readers. If you quote the promo code BLG20BKP at checkout you will receive a 20% discount off all digital products (excluding in-app purchases).
Disclosure: I was provided with a free Premium video by Portable North Pole for review purposes. All words and opinions are my own.