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Price of home visit?

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subsy1a Fri 06-Oct-17 21:16:28

AIBU to think it madness to pay over £200 for a 30 minute home visit from "Santa" (an old man in a costume)? That seems to be the going price locally - Berkshire. Can I ask how much you would expect to pay?

Dionysuss Fri 06-Oct-17 21:37:17

yanbu. That is a similar rate for an entertainer putting on a two hour party for a hall full of children.

I think for £50 I might consider it.

However, DS would be terrified and DDs no longer believe.

ohanabanana Mon 09-Oct-17 22:20:08

Could you not ask an older friend/relative to do the honours and buy or hire them a costume?

subsy1a Mon 09-Oct-17 22:21:42

It would certainly be cheaper!

user1486076969 Mon 09-Oct-17 22:22:58

Just don't go there........

Stickerrocks Mon 09-Oct-17 22:30:59

Thankfully my DD is too old for this now, but I think most small children would be utterly terrified of actually seeing Santa at home. I help run a Santa grotto each year at a steam railway. Seeing Santa in a public place is fine with the majority of children, but children who come year after year can suddenly develop Santa fear. Imagine wasting all that money just to give your child sleepless nights. Also, how do you explain why Santa has chosen your house for a special pre-Christmas visit? This whole idea is more ridiculous than Christmas Eve boxes.

FlaviaAlbia Mon 09-Oct-17 22:36:57

That's madness.. Our milkman used to dress up as Santa and bring the kids on his round selection boxes every year. He wouldn't come in, just hand them over at the door and say we'd been good and ask what we wanted etc. Couldn't you ask a friend to do that instead?

Preferably a friend they wont recognise as I was utterly convinced for years that Santa had a second job as our milkman...

BiddyPop Tue 10-Oct-17 12:49:06

fgrin at Flavia and her "Santa has a second job" Milkman!! fgrin

kingfishergreen Tue 10-Oct-17 12:57:37

Could you not ask an older friend/relative to do the honours and buy or hire them a costume? my step-dad does this in the local area, and local nursery. He takes the role VERY seriously, like some kind of method-actor, he embodies Father Christmas for most of December.

FlaviaAlbia Tue 10-Oct-17 13:26:07

Look up gullible in the dictionary BiddyPop and you'll see my picture grin

MissFlashpants Tue 10-Oct-17 13:29:20

A home visit??!? What the actual? Is this a thing?

Who would honestly bother with that!?

BiddyPop Tue 10-Oct-17 13:45:31

(Whispers) I managed to inform my 4th class (equivalent to Y3 or Y4 I think? I would have been 10) that Lapland was "near the North Pole where Santa keeps his Reindeers" at our geography lesson in late September - that's when DM decided I needed to be told. (In fairness, the teacher did say I was correct - it was near the North Pole, while the rest of 3rd and 4th classes (small school) fell around the place laughing at me, and she did have a smile on her face).

I still believe though.

FlaviaAlbia Tue 10-Oct-17 14:15:53


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