Apps to Keep the Christmas Magic Alive
1. Catch a CharacterShow your kids proof that Santa was in their home with Catch A Character — an app that allows parents to create free photos using images of their own home, along with stock images of Santa Claus. Santa can be shown placing presents beneath the Christmas tree on Christmas Eve, checking his list, or even looking shocked to be caught on camera. To help parents keep holiday magic going year-round, the app also offers similar photos of the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy.
2. Message From Santa“Portable North Pole” is also an awesome app where you can check out realistic and customizable messages. You can browse through many different themed videos and calls including, videos for Christmas eve, videos for multiple kids, birthday videos, congratulations calls, and much more! With this app, you can also customize information like your child’s name, age, and some of their favorite things to make the video more personable.
3. Follow a Santa TrackerIn 1955, a little girl accidentally called the unlisted number for the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) Operations Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, believing she was calling Santa Claus after seeing a promotion in a local newspaper. The commander on duty that night and assured the youngster that CONAD would guarantee Santa a safe journey from the North Pole. Thus a tradition was born that rolled over to NORAD when it was formed in 1958. Each year since then, NORAD has dutifully reported Santa’s location on Dec. 24 to millions across the globe. Be sure to follow their website, or check it out on Facebook or Instagram! There are also plenty of similar apps like “Santa Tracker” that provide top-notch tracking.
Ideas for Christmas Magic Around the House
4. Elf on the ShelfOkay, this one has been popular for a while. And not every parent is enthusiastic about it. But I really think this could be the year for this little character. Your elf may have some extra time in the evenings to brainstorm some mischief and mayhem to get into, but if not, check out our fun ideas for Elf on the Shelf!
5. Reindeer FoodWe all know Santa gets cookies, milk, and maybe even hot chocolate. But don’t forget about his hoofed companions! You can go the sweet tooth route, with Chex, M&Ms, pretzels, peanut butter, chocolate, and powdered sugar or you could go the health-conscious and perhaps more realistic approach with big carrots or oats mixed with edible glitter.
You'll find yourself hoping that the reindeer don't eat it all, because you'll definitely want some of this sweet treat!
- 3 cups red and green candy-coated milk chocolate pieces
- 3 cups toasted O's cereal
- 3 cups pretzels
- 3 cups crispy corn or rice cereal squares
- 3 cups salted dry-roasted peanuts
- 20 oz white chocolate chopped
- 3 1/2 tbsp solid vegetable shortening
- Cover a large area of counter space with waxed paper and tape it down.
- Mix pretzels, cereal squares, cereal O's, peanuts, and candy-coated milk chocolate pieces together in a large bowl.
- Melt white chocolate and shortening in the top of a double boiler over simmering water, stirring frequently and scraping down the sides to avoid burning.
- Pour melted white chocolate over pretzel mixture. Stir to evenly coat. Quickly transfer mixture to the waxed paper and spread in a thin layer. Let it completely cool, then break into sections.
Calories: 427kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 9gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 291mgPotassium: 320mgFiber: 4gSugar: 27gVitamin A: 195IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 88mgIron: 4mg
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