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The Jolly Postman Arrives

I was so happy to see the postman this morning. He battled through all weathers to bring in the final delivery for my "Messages to Santacraft session. It's a special session for 4-6 year olds just before Christmas. We will be creating a 'Santa Stop Here Sign' with a difference. Kids can record their own messages just for Santa. 


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