Christmas is just days away, but you’ve still got time to give your kids a thrill with a little personalized access to that big, bearded elf.
Kids just love this time of year…making cookies, listening to Christmas music, playing in the snow, and maybe…just maybe…catching a glimpse of jolly old St. Nick himself.
This is a new era. Santa texts now. He even tweets.
Here are 5 handy sites that can help your kids get in touch with Santa online this holiday season:
1) Portable North Pole
Portable North Pole is a free service that lets you create a personalized video message from Santa to your kids. First, you complete an online questionnaire about your child…you can even include a photograph. That information is then used to create a personal video, complete with a map showing the route Santa and his reindeer will take as they head from the North Pole to the your home. Santa will mention your child’s name and talk about what he or she wants for Christmas.
2) Chat with Santa
ChatWithSanta.com is a live webcast site that lets your kids listen to Santa Claus stories, talk and even play online games with him. The site was started about five years ago by Canada-based INSINC. It actually began as an in-house site for employees’ children, but word started to get out about it and became a full-fledged service. You can get a daily pass to chat with Santa and watch his North Pole video for $2.95.
3) Text Santa
TextSanta.net allows your kids get three personalized text messages from Santa once you sign them up. The messages cost $5.49 and you can then select the date and time the messages will be sent. The service was launched by Anchor Mobile out of Missouri. Keep checking back as they soon plan to launch PicSanta.net as well, which, with a little imaging trickery, will let you take a picture of Santa in front of your own fireplace!
SantaMessage2U is an iPhone app that lets you record a personalized message using your voice. The app then converts it into the baritone voice of Santa Claus and sends it straight to your kids. The application was created by a stay-at-home mom from Utah. She spent about $2,500 to make the app with the assistance of a London-based Web developer. The app sells for $1.99 in the app store.
5) Christmas Dialer
What could be more fun than a phone call from Santa? That exactly what you get at ChristmasDialer.com. Just enter your phone number. You can even choose what Santa will say when he calls.
6) NORAD Santa Tracker
NORAD provides aerospace warning and control for North America 365 days a year. On Christmas Eve, they turn their attention to Santa, tracking his yearly gift-delivering journey from the North Pole. The NORAD Santa Tracker goes live at 6am EST on December 24th. You can even track Santa using Twitter via the @NORADSanta account.
You can view the promo for the NORAD Santa tracker below. Have fun and Merry Christmas!…
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