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2017 Advent Calendar of Fascinating Websites – Day 24 – Track Santa

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With so many fascinating websites out there and never enough time to discover them all, we thought we would share some of our favourites with you.

Where’s Santa?


On Day 23 I left you with all the wrapping to do, and a few excuses to avoid it for one more night. Did you get the wrapping done or do you need a helping hand? The card manufacturer Hallmark has a series of videos to help you wrap your Christmas present perfectly, I may need their help with some of the awkward shaped ones! https://ideas.hallmark.com/articles/christmas-ideas/how-to-wrap-christmas-presents/

 

Phew, Done! Now you can sit down and watch a little television – or put on a crackling fire on Slow TV http://napflix.tv/relax?id=0fYL_qiDYf0 and track Santa as he heads towards your house.

You have a choice of trackers now: Norad or Google Earth

https://www.noradsanta.org/  Norad Santa Tracker

The Norad tracker has been live since 1955. It began when a company accidently printed the number for the CONAD Commander-in-Chief’s operations “hotline” in an advert for children to call Santa. Rather than have the children be disappointed, the Director of Operations got his staff to check the radar for views of Santa as he set out from the North Pole. Any child who called was given updates on his location. In 1958 when NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, was created, they took over the tradition of tracking Santa.

Nowadays you can keep use apps and social media to keep up-to-date with the tracker and their website itself includes games to play, facts about Santa, his favourite music to listen to and films about Norad and tracking Santa.

https://santatracker.google.com/village.html Google Earth’s Santa Tracker

Google began tracking Santa in 2004 and has links for facebook, twitter and Google Plus. It has an advent calendar of games for you to play in December, and once you have enabled Google Earth you can see Santa travelling around the Earth and click through Google Earth to find out about the countries that Santa is visiting at that moment.

 

 

We hope you enjoy tracking Santa. It has been a tradition in our house for a number of years, as I finish this post Santa is just doing the reindeer roll-call!

 

Winter Groans

Q: What do you get from sitting on the ice too long?  A: Polaroids!

Q: How does an Eskimo stick his house together? A: With igloo!

Q: What’s an ig? A: A snow house without a loo!

Q: Why don’t mountains get cold in the winter? A: They wear snowcaps.

Q: How was the snow globe feeling? A: A little shaken!

Q: What do you call a snowman in the desert? A: A puddle!

Q: What do you call fifty penguins in the Arctic? A: Lost! REALLY lost!   (think about it!)

 

Merry Christmas

“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more?”   (How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Dr. Seuss)

We hope that 2018 brings you much joy and many blessings

 

The Piano Guys, Peter Hollens, David Archuleta, and The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sing “Angels We Have Heard On High”

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