Holiday Fun: Digitally Connect with Santa Claus

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onlinesantaMy son has never believed in Santa Claus. That’s our fault as parents because we never got into the whole Santa Claus thing. But there are plenty of parents and kids that make Santa Claus and related activities and traditions an integral part of the holiday season.

It’s true that you can write Santa Claus a letter (and the post office will really deliver it), but what if you crave an interaction that involves high-tech? The Los Angeles Times offers a look at four different ways to get digitally involved with Santa Claus this holiday season:

Navigation Apps: Don’t know where Santa Claus is in your hometown? Visiting a new area and don’t know where to go? Pull out your mobile device and look for a nearby shopping mall. You’ll be able to take the kids to meet Santa in person.

Hello Santa: This is a fun app and web site that allows you to have a video chat with Santa Claus. You can use the web site, or you can chat using the iPhone app. You do need to schedule a time to call, and you will have to pay $14.99 in order to make the call happen. But your kids can talk as long as they want once they start talking, and it can be a fun way to keep your children occupied for at least some portion of the season.

ReindeerCam: You can see Santa’s reindeer live and in action. You can also watch Santa feed the reindeer at 11 a.m., 12 p.m., and 9 p.m. Eastern time each week day, and at 6 p.m. Eastern on the weekends. It’s a fun way for children to enjoy the magic of the season — and it’s free.

NORAD Santa Tracker: That’s right, the North American Aerospace Defense Command has a Santa tracker tool. You can also get a NORAD app for your mobile device. Watch Santa as he travels the world on Christmas Eve. There are also holiday games your kids can play between now and the time the tracker becomes active.

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Miranda is a freelance writer and professional blogger specializing in financial topics. Her work has appeared in numerous media, online and offline. Her blog is Planting Money Seeds.