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Santas-on-internetAre you looking for something to help pass the time when you’re bored? – Maybe looking for something to fill in the gap during your break or down-time in your hectic schedule – Maybe something to enjoy with your kids or grandkids – Well, here are some fun Christmas and Holiday related posts from this website to check out and enjoy 🙂

Within This Blog/Website: north pole sign cartoon

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Cool Christmas Sites Elsewhere On The Web:

Enjoy Christmas with Santa Claus at the North pole at this award-winning Christmas website. Send a letter to Santa Clause or a Christmas card to a friend.

Educational and informative site – lots to see, do, watch and learn from here from The History Channel – Learn about Christmas facts, history and traditions – Trivia & Videos to check out – lots to learn about Santa, Christmas Trees and Toys! Will Appeal to All Ages

Xmas Fun is dedicated to the child in all of us. Fun for all ages. Christmas songs, jokes, games, stories, downloads, graphics, etc. Lots of Christmas fun!

Build and create toys here in Santa’s Toy Shop – Simply follow picture directions and race against the clock – Skill levels increase as you move through each toy.

Santa Claus Animation Station – Santa Claus Christmas Website for Kids
Celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa with SANTA CLAUS, Elves and Reindeer
An Animated, Interactive, FREE North Pole Christmas Tradition Since 1996!

Did You Know?

A Quick Fact Guide to the

Christmas Holiday

  • Did you know that Christmas is the largest card-sending holiday in the United States? More than 1.9 billion cards are sent to family and friends every year — one billion more than the 192 million cards given or sent on Valentine’s Day, the nation’s second largest card holiday.
  • Did you know that December 19th is the busiest mailing day of the year? The U.S. Postal Service delivers some 20 billion letters, packages and cards between Thanksgiving and Christmas, with December 19th seeing double the number of parcels than any other day of the year.
  • Did you know that as many as 30 million live (real) Christmas trees are sold every year in the United States? In 2004, live Christmas tree sales amounted to more than $506 billion in revenue for America’s 22,000 tree farms. The state leader in Christmas tree production is Oregon, with sales of $143 million.
  • Did you know that for every live Christmas tree that is harvested, three seedlings are planted in its place?
  • Did you know that it takes an average of seven years for a Christmas tree to reach six feet tall? Some trees take as long as 15 years to grow to their harvesting height; others reach it in as little as four years.
  • Did you know that China is the leading manufacturer of artificial Christmas trees? According to the U.S. Commerce Department, more than 80 percent of artificial trees are made in China.
  • Did you know that in 2005, Americans spent more money on Chinese-made Christmas ornaments ($561 million) than on Christmas trees grown in the United States?
  • Did you know that the character of Santa Claus is based on two Christmas legends: Saint Nicolas and Father Christmas? Saint Nicolas was the patron saint of children, who generously gave gifts to poor and orphaned young ones. Father Christmas was the spirit of good tidings.
  • Did you know that Santa Claus arrived in the United States in the 18th century via the Dutch founders of New York City? The Dutch introduced America to their “Sinterklaas” festivities. Sinterklaas is the Dutch name for Saint Nicolas.
  • Did you know that the first recorded mention of Santa Claus in the United States was in 1773? The New York press reported a story about a “St. A Claus.”
  • Did you know that the tradition of giving gifts for Christmas is rooted in the story of the wise men, who gave costly gifts to baby Jesus without the expectation of receiving anything in return?
  • Did you know that in 2008, with an economic recession in full swing, the nation is expected to spend significantly less on Christmas gifts than in 2007? 46% of Americans say they will spend “less” than in 2007, which is the highest negative response to this question in two decades. Same holds true for 2009.
  • Did you know that during the Black Friday shopping weekend (the Thursday through Sunday after Thanksgiving), consumer spending rose 7% over 2007, to a total of $41 billion.
  • Did you know that American shoppers say they are planning to spend an average of $431 on gifts for the holiday season,down from $859 last year? During the Black Friday shopping weekend, the average person spent $372.57.
  • Did you know that the Monday following Thanksgiving is referred to as Cyber Monday and is a time when many on-line retailers offer deep discounts? In 2008, 36% of consumers said they would spend half of their Christmas shoppingbudget or more on-line.

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Track Santa’s Christmas Eve Journey Online

Ever wonder what Santa might be up to in the days leading up to Christmas Eve?

Wanna keep “an eye” on where in the world Santa might be now?

Have your little ones simply asked….. Where’s Santa?

Now you can track Santa online with NORAD

NORAD (which stands for North American Aerospace Defense Command) comes to public’s attention each and every Christmas when it tracks Santa Claus on his journey around the world delivering toys to the world’s children. This tradition started back in 1955 when a local Sears store in Colorado “misprinted” the telephone number and children thought they were calling Santa, but actually were calling Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD’s predecessor) instead.

Each year, NORAD keeps an eye on Santa as he makes his Christmas journey. You can track Santa’s progress on Christmas Eve with the kids at the Official NORAD Santa Tracker website.

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Santa’s journey is now underway on Christmas Eve (24 December 2009)

TRACK SANTA’S JOURNEY HERE NOW >> LIVE MAP

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Now there’s a wonderful interactive online site you can view and explore. Be sure to check out SANTA’S VILLAGE for fun interactive games for you and your kids/grandkids to play. It’s even multilingual now.

The Santa tracker website has much more to offer than just the tracker itself. You can learn more about NORAD and more about Santa himself. You can also listen to Christmas music and download games, pictures and videos. The site is completely replenished each year, so repeat visitors are greeted with a new design, fresh content and updated technology each holiday season.

For 54 years now, NORAD has been keeping track of Santa’s expedition. As a kid, I remember listening to radio updates of this annual pilgrimage.

Gripping winter storms have never stopped Santa before, but with winter storm warnings and weather advisories all across the United States, I’m pretty certain Rudolph’s red nose will be a big factor for Santa on his journey this year. Where is Santa Claus? Be sure to visit the Santa tracking website before Christmas Day to find out.

Check it out and Enjoy! — Happy Holidays!

Continue reading on and see how it all started…..

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NORAD Tracks Santa

In The Beginning…..

On Dec. 24, 1955, a call was made to the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) Operations Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. However, this call was not from the president or a general. It was from a girl in Colorado Springs who was following the directions in an advertisement printed in the local paper – she wanted to know the whereabouts of Santa Claus.

The ad said “Hey, Kiddies! Call me direct and be sure and dial the correct number.” However, the number was printed incorrectly in the advertisement and rang into the CONAD operations center.

On duty that night was Colonel Harry Shoup, who has come to be known as the “Santa Colonel.”
Colonel Shoup received numerous calls that night and rather than hanging up, he had his operators find the location of Santa Claus and reported it to every child who phoned in that night.

Thus began a tradition carried on by the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) when it was formed in 1958. Today, through satellite systems, high-powered radars and jet fighters, NORAD tracks Santa Claus as he makes his Yuletide journey around the world.

Every Christmas Eve, thousands of volunteers staff telephones and computers to answer calls and e-mails from children (and adults) from around the world. Live updates are provided through the NORAD Tracks Santa website (in seven languages), over telephone lines, and by e-mail to keep curious children and their families informed about Santa’s whereabouts and if it’s time to get to bed.

Each year, the NORAD Tracks Santa Website receives nearly nine million unique visitors from more than 200 countries and territories around the world. Volunteers receive more than 12,000 e-mails and more than 70,000 calls to the NORAD Tracks Santa hotline from children around the globe.

Newly added this year, children and the young-at-heart are able to track Santa through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, and TroopTube.tv.  To follow Santa on any of these Web sites, type in @noradsanta into the search engine and start tracking.

NORAD Tracks Santa has become a magical and global phenomenon that delights generations of families everywhere!

For more info about NORAD Tracks Santa, visit www.noradsanta.org