Christmas Traditions


1 xmasTraditions are important. Traditions help us feel connected to others. They are familiar. They are something we look forward to. In crazy uncertain times traditions are the glue that help hold families, societies, and even countries together. They are shared values, beliefs, customs and activities.

I did not know it at the time…….that first Christmas post in 2010…… but now More Thyme Than Dough has Christmas traditions too.

So for the third year in a row I share the Digital Christmas Story and the North American Aerospace Defense Command Track Santa program.  The Digital Nativity video has been changed, or updated a bit this year to include four square and other new on-line features. There are also some new features at the NORAD site too, like Apps to track Santa’s trip on the new electronic devices and while you are on the go.

Also this year I again share the recipe for Christmas Joy, a recipe that is never out of style and is always a delicious tradition.ww

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. Tradition brought up to date. 🙂



NORAD Tracks Santa Claus in Real Time

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

1 santa 4Beginning at 5 a.m EST on December 24th you can watch the countdown to Santa’s epic world-wide journey. You will see Santa’s elves in last minute preparations and the packing of Santa’s sleigh with toys. Then later that day you can watch Santa and the reindeer and sleigh take off – a not to be missed event – and then travel all around the world delivering toys to all good boys and girls.

This is the link to the Santa Tracker Countdown.

New this year are many ways to track Santa even when you are on the go. You can now track from your i-phones and other electronic devices and Aps. Click this link for those options: Options.

I have been watching Santa deliver toys 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.

Below is a video of the highlights of Santa’s journey in 2010 to give you a flavor of how NORAD tracks Santa and what you might see.


The NORAD site has other Santa activities too. At  AboutSanta  are links to on-line  activities for children packed with loads of fun and links to other sites to keep children engaged for hours.

There is much more at the NORAD Santa site. I highly recommend giving this site a look-see.

WHY Does NORAD Do This?


The tradition of NORAD tracking Santa began in the 1950’s with a mistake.

Seems there was a misprint in a Sears Christmas ad. The ad gave a telephone number for children to call to find out exactly where Santa was on Christmas Eve. and the expected time of arrival at the child’s home.

Unfortunately, it was a wrong number.

Fortunately, the wrong number was the number for NORAD.

And even more fortunately, the kind and good-humored Colonel, Harold Shoup, answered the first wrong number call and he played along with the children and gave updates of Santa’s where abouts to every child calling in.

Thus a tradition was born.

You can read the full story by clicking the following link, Why. Well worth the read. You will even see a copy of the Sears advertisement that started it all.

Mistakes are often times good things.  As Henry Ford said, “Even a mistake may turn out to be the one thing necessary to a worthwhile achievement.”

Featured Recipe    Traditional Christmas Joy

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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.

Merry Christmas

Feliz Navidad

Mele Kalikimaka ame Hauoli Makahiki Hou!

Merry Keshmish!

Nadolig Llawen!

Joyeux Noel!

Buone Feste Natalizie! 

Quote of the Day

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

Mary Ellen Chase

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.


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