Sunday, December 3, 2023

Christmas Magic Online

In the modern age it becomes harder and harder to retain the magic of Christmas for young children. But sometimes modernity can help.

We have the stealth tactics of the stocking mission.  There’s the hard work that Santa puts in to the miraculous appearance of gifts under the tree.  Children can write letters to Santa Claus to assure him and his elves of one’s goodness and worthiness and we can leave out mince pies, tipples, anti drink driving tumblers of milk and carrots for Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and Rudolf.  There’s even a slightly terrifying Elf on a Shelf, if one wants to teach one’s children that one must abide by a strict code of conduct under the constant scrutiny of Big Brother.  And if you remember to get your child to send a letter in November, the Royal Mail will get Santa’s letter back to your child before Christmas (this service is free).

There are two wonderful technological (and free) services which genuinely enhance the magic of every Christmas.

The first you can use right now and it is the Portable North Pole.

Through the Portable North Pole your child can receive a tailor made video direct from Santa at the North Pole.  There are premium services but just click on the free version.  You answer some questions, upload a couple of photos and the video message is created and can be viewed online, shared on social media and sent by email.  And don’t feel that this is just for children, naughty and nice adults are on Santa’s lists too…and I told him all about Belper and Santa sent you all a message.

The most wonderful online tool is the GetToBedder.  Although it is really called the NORAD Santa Tracker.  Yes, NORAD – North American Aerospace Defence Command, the people who monitor the skies for missiles and air attacks.  It turns out that the technology that can spot a nuclear war in the offing is also totally brilliant for tracking Santa’s sleigh.  You can watch where Santa is at any given time and make sure your children and grandchildren are in bed and asleep before Santa teleports into their house.  This one is only active on Christmas Eve.

If you have any special traditions that you would like to share, please let us know in the comments section below.

Clare Washbrook

Current Editor-in-Chief News and magazine editor since 1995 Post-grads: Literature; Theatre; Journalism, Ethics & Law Community Affiliations: Belper Goes Green, Belper's WW1 Poppies, Amber Valley Solidarity No political party memberships/affiliations.

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