Review: Portable North Pole

Disclosure: I received complementary Portable North Pole products in exchange for this review. Of course, all thoughts and opinions are all mine.

Sing it with me — “Santa Claus is coming to town…. he’s making a list, checking it twice. Gonna find out whose naughty or nice. …”

My sons been preparing his Santa’s gift list for some time. In fact, he dictated the whole thing to me and it was printed in Shining Faces Children’s Magazine. He’s certain of all the fantastic things he wants to get, but somehow he never remembers that receiving Santa’s gift requires good behavior. It’s a tough concept for my five-year-old to grasp. And if ever I inquire about his daily behavior in school, he answers with absolute honesty and assures me “I’m trying, Mom.”

Enter the Portable North Pole, where parents (or family and friends) can purchase gentle reminders to be good in the form of personalized videos and letters from Mr. Claus.

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I was given a $25 credit to PNP to sample their products. That value included a letter, video, and phone call.

personalizing letterFor each product, prompts lead me through personalization. And they’ve thought of nearly everything with their questions. For the Letter from Santa, a picture can be added and I could select from a variety of comments about my child’s daily activities.
I just placed my order, so I’m hoping shipping is fast enough to get the letter here before Christmas.

book infoI chose a Christmas Eve video for Ya that reminds him of his accomplishments this past year and to continue to work toward specific behavior goals we’ve set. The program allows upload of personal photos and confirms pronunciation of the child’s name (we had to use “my friend”). Santa’s record book – of Ya’s wishes, behaviors, and significant events – is pulled from the shelf where it’s filed with his siblings’ books.

Of course, Ya won’t yet appreciate seeing their names because his reading ability is still developing.

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I was pretty impressed with the mini movie I received. Santa is approachable, his voice is encouraging. And the set is reminiscent of stories of the North Pole. I’m sort of excited to share the video with Ya.

And finally, there’s “Santa’s Call Center”. There, I was prompted to generate a personal phone call from Santa. We don’t usually answer unknown numvers, so I’m not sure how this call will go through. It says, though, I can schedule the time. Like the video, I answered several questions to ensure the call message was one we needed Ya to hear.
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I chose a message to play for his next August birthday. It’s a call that comes close enough to the new school year to make an impact when he begins again.

PNP has a pretty nice concept that seems to reinforce my objectives as a parent to raise a productive and polite child. I could certainly see continuing this video and letter tradition for as long as my kids believe there’s magic in Christmas.

And as a bonus? PNP donates 5% of all online sales to a Children’s Hospital close to the buyer’s location. According to PNP, the company collaborates with over 40 regional Children’s Hospitals in the U.S.

If you’re interested, you can check out a sample on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/PNPSanta

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