For the days leading up to Christmas, many parents have minor panic attacks while trying to work, shuttle kids to school and activities, keep the house clean, the laundry washed, presents bought and wrapped, pets away from the tree, cookies baked… and the list goes on and on. But there are four fun projects that you and the kids can do together leading up to Christmas that really do not take much time at all and will help capture the magic of Christmas. Read on to see what festive activities await you and your kids:
- As if keeping up with your Elf on the Shelf’s daily antics isn’t tough enough, did you remember to have your darling pen a personal letter to Santa? If you’re running out of time—EEK!—try the neat app (and lifesaver) Letters to Santa. Your technically savvy kids can write and send letters last minute to Santa electronically. The best part is that Santa will respond to each letter approximately an hour after the letter is sent, giving your kids quite a thrill.
- While on winter break, if you hear the kids say one more time that they’re bored, let them linger in front of the tablet or laptop and watch Santa’s official live feed of his reindeer at http://reindeercam.com/. There also is an app for mobile devices at Reindeer Cam. Santa appears every day at 10 a.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. central time up until Dec. 24, when the live-cam is taken down. It’s time to hitch up those reindeer and get ready to circle the globe.
- Just for fun, the Kringl app allows you to create holiday magic via video. All you do is videotape a location of your home on your phone, select a “Santa scene,” and within minutes, the Big Guy will appear in your home, eating cookies, placing gifts under your tree or checking his naughty and nice list to see if you and the kids will be receiving any presents this year.
- Finally, it’s time for Santa’s arrival. But where could he be? Entertain the kids Christmas Eve Day and into the night as they ponder his location by following Santa’s every move around the world with the Santa Tracker The best part is that you can calculate Santa’s ETA at your home from wherever he’s at each minute–and use that to get your kids in bed at a good time.