Every year on Christmas Eve, after church, dinner, presents, and story reading, the kids all gather around the computer while we track Santa. Yes, I did say track Santa. We are able to see where in the world he is, live. This is an amazing motivator for the kids to get moving to bed much quicker. Which helps us parents out a TON with all that bottled up energy they seem to gather late on Christmas Eve.
There are many things we do as a family on Christmas Eve, but tracking Santa is one of the kids favorites. There are many websites out there, but our favorite is NoradSanta.org . We are able to head over to their site on Christmas Eve and watch a video showing where Santa is in the world right then. Don’t worry parents, he always seems to be plenty far enough away every time we have checked. It helps the kids realize that Christmas is almost here. They usually end up rushing away from the computer to gather the Christmas cookies and milk for Santa, lay out their stockings and head to bed. That leaves us parents with a nice quiet evening.
If you head over to their site now, they are counting down to when their live video feed will be up. There is Christmas music you can listen to, videos to watch, but that is not all. Each day they are releasing an online game the kids can play, to get them excited about Christmas coming. On top of all the fun games, there is a great section to check out if your child is wondering about if Santa is real. Check out the Library Section on their website. Once on their site, click on Library on the left hand sidebar. They talk all about Santa’s responsibilities, and even have a letter from a child wondering the same question your child might be thinking about. Is Santa Real? They have a message response to the letter that is amazing! And best part is, that it is an mp3, so you won’t be reading the response. They get to hear it themselves. Pretty amazing!
Are you going to be tracking Santa along with us, at www.noradsanta.org on Christmas Eve? I’d love to hear what you think of this Christmas tradition so comment below and let’s start some conversation!