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5 Websites to Share with Your Kids at Christmas Time

5 Websites to Share with Your Kids at Christmas Time

It’s 2012, and all the world’s major brands, celebrities and public figures have found a home online. Even jolly old Santa Claus has been bitten by the web bug and joined the digital revolution.

Santa 2.0 maybe?

Quite possibly. From posting your letters to Santa, keeping tabs on him on the night of The Big Delivery or simply finding fun activities to do offline, here are five great Christmas websites to share with your kids this Christmas:

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1) NORAD Tracks Santa

The original is often still the best: The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) turn their attention from defending North America from air attacks and keeping tabs on man-made objects in space to do something much more important—following Santa Claus around the globe on Christmas Eve.

It’s a fun site to share with your kids the night before Christmas; even more so if they need a little convincing that Santa Claus is coming to town and they’d better be in bed before he gets there!

http://www.noradsanta.org

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2) North Pole.com

Take a virtual trip around the magical land of the North Pole, where you can pick up some yummy Christmas recipes from Mrs. Claus, send letters to Santa, check in with the elves and reindeer, create personalised Christmas stories, and more. Highly recommended is the Disco Dancing Santa—I don’t care if you’re five years old or fifty, only a complete Scrooge won’t find this entertaining!

http://www.northpole.com/

3) The North Pole Times

On your way out of the North Pole, be sure to pick up your copy of The North Pole Times; a fun website with lots of stories that kids and adults alike will surely enjoy. Join Elvin, Waldo, Timbo and the rest of the North Pole News Team as they bringing you the latest breaking news, the hottest gossip and more from Santa’s hometown.

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http://www.northpoletimes.com

4) Santa Claus on Twitter

“The only real Santa Claus on Twitter”, according to his profile: the big man himself in 140 characters or less. Get updates from Saint Nick as he prepares for Christmas Eve, takes his reindeer out for test flights and scarfs down some of Mrs. Claus’ yummy mince pies.

There are a lot of Santas on Twitter, but this guy is surely one of the best and most entertaining.

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@Santa__Claus

5) Santa Games

And finally, what’s Christmas without fun and games? Take a tour around Santa’s home and office, enjoying free online games as you go. If you’d rather get the young ones away from the computer, there are offline games to play, plenty of ideas and instructions for making Christmas crafts, and more.

www.santagames.net

Do you have your own suggestions for great Christmas-themed websites to share with the kids? Let’s hear them in the comments below.

Featured photo credit:  Gift button on keyboard with soft focus via Shutterstock

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How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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