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Snowball & Key

To kick off this year's prop series I'd like to start discussing two brand new props I used during my virtual visits last year. Though I've never used props outside of a Santa sack (more to come on this next week) during a visit, I do know many Santas use a key (or keys) during visits to explain how Santa can enter into a premises that lacks a chimney.

I'm not one to have pockets even in my trousers, let alone a pouch on my belt. Why on earth would I want to carry around a set of jangly keys? Well, I don't. But that doesn't negate the fact that others have found great success with them! I have just found that the less there is to worry about, the less that can go wrong.

That all changed this past year. I wanted to have some functionable pieces of my North Pole set that I could use as conversation and entertaining pieces. Enter in one of my favorite films of all time: Santa's Apprentice. In this film, Santa Claus has the need to find his replacement as his tenure is coming to an end. One of the magical props he has is a magic snowball.

Though other films have treated magic snowglobes, this is the only one I can find that uses a magic snowball. And out of all the Santa films I have seen, Santa's magic key has never made an appearance. To have both props at the ready was a lifesaver this past Christmas season as almost every visit died down enough to tell a story after the initial excitement of seeing Santa on a screen was wearing down.

What props do you use as Santa? We'll be covering my favorite this year in The Santa Claus Workshop season 02. Stick around! You can watch this week's episode here: Season 02

Yours as always,

Santa Stuart

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