With Christmas just around the corner, chances are your kids are drawing up their wish lists and working to secure their spot on the “nice list.” However, in these uncertain times, all it takes is one jaded Scrooge to introduce the idea that Santa Claus is not altogether “real,” that there isn’t a man living at the North Pole who takes annual flight around the world on a magic sleigh pulled by eight tiny reindeer to distribute toys to good girls and boys.
Needless to say, this is pure balderdash. Of course Santa Claus is real. So check out the many ways technology can help set your kids’ minds at ease and prove Santa’s real once and for all.
- Put your kid on speaking terms with the jolly old elf by downloading the Parents Calling Santa app for iOS ($1.99) or Santa’s Magic Phone Call & Text for Android (free). Parents Calling Santa made a big splash last year with its ability to get Santa to call and speak with your kids, perhaps taking their Christmas wish lists into consideration. There’s also a message for when your kids are being naughty—perfect for those times when the kids are driving you up the wall. Santa’s Magic Phone Call & Text for Android does much the same thing, though it also comes with coloring games and holiday-themed stories.
- Then again, if seeing is believing, nothing is more convincing than Santa Claus appearing to your wondering eyes and speaking to you personally. Portable North Pole has had this niche market all but cornered since 2008, allowing you to create personalized videos from the man himself, as well as Mrs. Claus and assorted elves. The site also features personalized birthday message from Santa—perfect for those kids with birthdays that fall around this time of year. And PNP Santa also maintains a Facebook page and Twitter account, with messages in English and Spanish. And what could possibly be more real than social media?
- Another fun way to make Santa more real to your kids is to call in the top minds of our government. NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) has been tracking Santa’s Christmas Eve flight since 1955, but these days the immersive web site NORADSanta.org includes videos, maps, and a behind-the-scenes look at the goings on inside Santa’s North Pole base of operations. Google’s Santa Tracker is no slouch in the Kringle-tracking department either, with interactive features like an in-depth look at Santa’s sleigh and assorted reindeer games.
- If your kids are still skeptical, you may want to order them a copy of Gregory Mone’s The Truth About Santa: Wormholes, Robots, and What Really Happens on Christmas Eve(available for Kindle at $9.59). This comprehensive tome answers such nagging questions as “How does Santa know who’s been naughty and who’s been nice?” and “How could Santa possibly make it around the world in a single night?” Best of all, the science behind the book’s answers is one hundred percent real, so even if your kids’ suspicions are not entirely laid to rest, they’ll still be learning something. Let’s see the Elf on the Shelf do that.