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13 December 2017

Ten ways to Keep the Santa Magic Alive:





1.) Watch the International Space Station AKA Santa fly past.



It has become a bit of a Christmas tradition in many households over the past few years. But this year Father Christmas will be flying past England a little earlier. Many families have previously enjoyed looking out for the International Space Station (ISS) on Christmas Eve and telling their children it was Father Christmas on his sleigh. This year the flypast will take place on a number of nights up to December 15 so you could tell your little ones it's Father Christmas on a practice run before the big night.  The International Space Station is the largest space station laboratory ever built and orbits the earth at 17,500mph. Flying at an altitude of roughly 200 miles, as it reflects light from the Sun it looks like a bright light (or indeed, Santa's sleigh) as it cruises past. Meteorwatch.org has put together this helpful table for your best chance of spotting Santa. If you're not sure which direction to look in, most phones have a compass which should help. 



2.) Track Santa with Norad



He's made his list, he's checked it twice, he already knows who's naughty and nice. Santa Claus is coming to town – and you can follow him every snow-crunching step of the way. Every year, the boffins at Norad (the North American Aerospace Defense Command) kindly dedicate December 24th to tracking Father Christmas as he darts from chimney to chimney, country to country, and continent to continent, delivering gifts while voraciously consuming Mince Pies and Sherry.


Now, every year, thousands of volunteers staff telephones and computers to answer calls and e-mails from children (and adults) around the world. As of 2007, search engine Google has also provided an online tracker, in partnership with Norad. Join us here on December 24th to follow Santa's snow-flecked footsteps around the world. And keep your fingers crossed that when he arrives at your house, he'll find your name on the good side of that list .  Website: www.noradsanta.org/

3.) Letter From Santa

Time has now run out to order a letter from Royal Mail (last date was Friday 8th December) However moon pig are offering a personalised Santa Letter and you can order until 18th December. find out more here www.moonpig.com/uk/christmas/letter-from-santa/. Alternately get creative and make your own.

4.) Feed the Reindeer.

Putting out magic Reindeer food on Christmas Eve has become as such a tradition as the Christmas Cracker over recent Years.  The most exciting night of the year, putting out the reindeer food is now a must do event. Make your own using Oats and Glitter to Order a ready made 'posh' version from www.magicreindeer.co.uk. Check out why the food is so Magical Here: https://youtu.be/1w37VhGLod0

5.) Catch Santa on Camera.

With technology advancing so quickly it becomes more and more difficult to keep the Magic of Santa Alive.  www.santacctv.co.uk,  uses your own home photos and digital green screen Technology to make a 2 minute Surveillance Video of Santa Claus in your home. Watch the Santa CCTV Demo video here: https://youtu.be/e3sf3pHDc1I

6.) Buy Him his own wrapping paper

How ironic it is that Santa has the same wrapping paper as your family. This can bring on lots of questions about Santa that you'll have to deal with sooner than you're ready. Buy a few rolls of wrapping paper that's just for Santa gifts or make your own.
Be sure to tuck it away so it's not seen before or after Christmas. Remember, Santa's wrapping is done at the North Pole, not in your living room, so don't get busted.

7.) Leave his Peppermint Scent


What do you think Santa smells like? How about peppermint?
Crush peppermint or buy peppermint oil to fill the air on Christmas Day. Make the peppermint scent long after Christmas with peppermint-scented pine cones you can make yourself. Tell the kids that's the sweet smell of Santa.

8.) Show Evidence


Christmas morning kids may be focused on the presents but you can make sure they feel Santa's presence. You've left the milk and cookies out for Santa and the oats and carrots out for the reindeer and made sure it looks like Santa and his reindeer have enjoyed their snacks.
Now make Santa boot prints around your fireplace or Christmas tree. Use fake snow if your children are younger and won't catch on that the snow isn't melting. Or make muddy boot print marks instead. Outside, make reindeer tracks to show that Santa's reindeer were in your yard.

9.) Make some noise

After kids have gone to bed, throw stones up on the roof above their bedroom. Shake some bells outside their window as well. This will give the impression that Santa’s sleigh has landed on the roof. Make sure to tell kids they can’t jump out of bed to see Santa or else he’ll have to leave without dropping off their presents.



10.) Believe All Year Long

Keep the spirit of Santa alive for the kids all year long. If a friend or family member is going on vacation in the spring or summer, have them send the kids a postcard from Santa. The kids will love knowing that Santa is thinking of them all year long. Be sure your children don't know where your friend or relative is visiting so you don't get outed when they see the postmark.


Poll and additional Information


According to www.santacctv.co.uk  Eighty-one percent of parents with kids ages 10 or under say at least one of their children thinks Santa Claus is real. Another 14 percent say their kids have outgrown the belief, while 9 percent say their kids never believed in Santa in the first place.



Unsurprisingly, the vast majority of adult respondents believe it’s OK for kids to believe in Santa, although they pick age 10 as the age at which children should learn the truth.



Just over one-fifth of parents with kids between the ages of 11 and 17 say their kids still believe in Santa Claus.



Most grownups used to believe, too










Three-quarters of the adults surveyed say they believed in Santa as a kids, up until they reached the age of 9. Refreshingly, there’s little sign of a partisan gap. 


Shock: One-sixth of people have spoiled Santa for someone


Twelve percent of respondents say that they’ve told someone who believed in Santa Claus that he didn’t exist.



Julie Hill from www.santacctv.co.uk said 'Christmas is a magical time, and keeping the spirit of Santa Claus alive is important. Our videos are a little bit of Christmas Magic!' Santa CCTV produces a unique personal home surveillance video of Santa in your own home using your own home photos.



Julie and her Husband Ben have also launched a new type of magic reindeer food for this Christmas. Based on the food fed to the reindeers in the cult 1985 classic film santa claus the movie staring Dudley Moore, the new food which you add water to crackles and pop and jumps! Julie Said 'We have been working on the food all year and are really excited about it. we hope we have brought two fun, magical products to help Christmas 2017 be the best ever' 



On the subject of Rudolph's sex Julie Adds: Although its commonly thought Rudolph is a boy its quite likely he is in fact a She.....Only female Reindeer Keep there antlers throughout the winter. By Christmas time most males have discarded their Antlers and are saving their energy ready to grow a new set in the spring.






reindeer food demo: https://youtu.be/1w37VhGLod0



reindeer food website: www.magicreindeer.co.uk 
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