Christmas Eve Fun


Tomorrow is Christmas Eve.  And Christmas Eve can often be a long night, especially for children. Time goes by slowly when you are waiting for Santa. We often wonder what can we do to help them and us pass the hours.

Well, I have a great line up for you of three videos to help pass some of the time whether you are a child or a child-like adult who still believes in the magic of Christmas.

One of the videos could take all night. How would you and your children love to watch Santa deliver toys all over the world? Well in this computer age now you can actually watch Santa delivering toys all over the world. More on this just a bit later.

I finish up our Christmas Eve fun with a  recipe for Christmas Joy!

So let’s get started with MTTD’s Christmas Eve line up.

The Digital Nativity Story

This is very clever. It is the story of the Nativity brought up to date for an internet and technology savvy world. No matter how you tell it, it is still an amazing story.


NORAD Tracks Santa Claus Visiting Every Child

Did you know that the North American Aerospace Defense Command, also known as NORAD, tracks Santa’s every movement as he delivers toys and gifts around the world?

And YOU can watch it all by clicking this link, Track Santa. If you click right now it will give you a countdown to Santa’s liftoff. You don’t want to miss that. 

 Right now at this site you can view videos of past Santa  trips but best of all on Christmas Eve you can  track Santa LIVE on and on Google Earth right from the comfort of your own home. There is a kid’s countdown to take-off, a section about Santa, and another about NORAD.

When and How Did NORAD Begin Tracking Santa?

The tradition of tracking Santa began in the 1950’s with a misprint in a in Sears ad for kids giving a telephone number for tracking Santa’s where abouts. The misprint was accidently the number for NORAD.

Fortunately a kind and good-humored Colonel, Harold Shoup,  took the first wrong number and he played along and gave updates of Santa’s where abouts to every child calling in. You can read the full story by clicking the following link, Why. Well worth the read.

Below is a video of the highlights of Santa’s journey in 2010 to give you a flavor of how NORAD tracks Santa. I have been watching this for over eight years now. I am always thrilled when I see Santa’s sleigh take off from the North Pole. And watching Santa navigate the Alps is breath taking.

Be sure to let your children watch too!!!! Don’t hog that computer screen.




Waiting For Santa

This next video is just plain cute. I had to share.




And finally, last but not least, is a recipe for Christmas Joy.

Featured Recipe    Christmas Joy*
This is what you will need:

½  cup Hugs

4 teaspoons Kisses

4 cups Love

1 cup Special Holiday Cheer

3 teaspoons Christmas Spirits

2 cups Goodwill Toward Man

1 Sprig of Mistletoe

1 medium-size bag of Christmas Snowflakes (the regular kind won’t do !) 

Here is what you do:

Mix hugs, kisses, smiles and love until consistent.

Blend in holiday cheer, peace on earth, Christmas spirits and good will toward men.

Use the mixture to fill a large, warm heart, where it can be stored for a lifetime, (it never goes bad !)

Serve as desired under mistletoe, sprinkled liberally with special Christmas Snowflakes.

It is especially good when accompanied by Christmas Songs and family get-togethers. 

Serve to one and all.


Christmas Joy


*Recipe by and reprinted here with written permission of Steven Rapelje (Becca.)

From Deer Lake’s Christmas Traditions Carols & Poems. This is a site I encourage you to visit. It has all sorts of great information from carols, stories, poems, recipes, gifts, and much more.


Quote of the Day

Christmas, children, is not a date. It is a state of mind.

Mary Ellen Chase


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