With the holiday season fast approaching, and many countries still struggling with how best to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be countless sick children in hospitals worldwide who will not receive a live visit from Santa Claus this year. What’s more, hundreds of thousands of children won’t be able to get pictures with Santa this year either. And with money being tight for so many families, even if parents are able to find a location for Santa photos, they may not be able to afford them. But the misery doesn’t stop there: Santa’s around the globe will also be out of work as well.
Renowned Christmas artist Larry Hersberger, along with his business partner and fiancée Ela Bednarek and International Santa Claus Hall of Fame member Cliff Snider, have come up with a plan on how to save Christmas this year.
“I don’t think people realize the severity of what is about to happen (or not happen) this holiday season. Santa will not only miss all traditional Christmas events, but he will also miss those who need him the most,” Hersberger said. “We are doing this to serve others. We take saving Christmas seriously, and hope that other people will as well.”
Hersberger and Bednarek spent the last few months brainstorming different ways to keep the Christmas spirit alive as society continues to socially isolate, which resulted in patent-pending technology that will give families the ability to take a picture of their child in the hospital or at home, upload it to a website, and watch as the child is then magically removed from the original picture and transformed into stunning artwork with Santa himself.
This software is an incredibly affordable online DIY opportunity for parents to have photos of their children printed in world-class Santa artwork this year, all from the safety and comfort of their own homes. Pictures can then be printed and sent directly to friends and family members. And for parents of every sick child in a hospital, they will be able to download this picture… for free.
“We would love to speak with any and all children’s hospitals throughout the world, as this initiative is something that is near and dear to mine and Larry’s hearts, having 2 young children of our own at home,” Bednarek added. “Our hearts break for all the mother’s and father’s who feel so helpless about what they can actually do to make their child’s holiday season special this year.”
For visits with Santa, live ZOOM calls are the answer. As a world-renowned Christmas artist, Larry has been able to organize the ultimate group of premier, performance based professional Santa’s.
“With our deep experience and high standards, we vetted – and chose – the top 100 Santa’s in on the planet. We call them the 100 Miracle Santa’s,” Hersberger proudly stated. “This elite group of Santa’s is amongst the finest preforming Santa’s on the planet. Their experience includes the likes of being Santa’s at The White House, Disney, Macy’s, Mall of America, The Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade, Six Flags America, Bass Pro Shops, Radio City Music Hall, and more. Many are in the International Santa Claus Hall of Fame. This is literally the who’s-who of the most experienced, studied, joyous and accomplished Santa’s in the world.”
Combining a breathtaking picture of the child with a state-of-the-art Santa ZOOM call will hopefully help recreate some of the joy and wonder in what is arguably the happiest time of year for many families, even in the midst of a worldwide pandemic.
For more information, please visit www.howtosavechristmas.com.