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5 Websites to Share with Your Kids at Christmas Time

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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

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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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A honeymoon is important.  The wedding is over.  The months, or even years, of stress and planning are finally over.  It’s time for the two of you to relax, settle in, and start enjoying your time together as you embark on your first journey as a family.

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1. Camping

A week long camping trip is a fantastic way to see how you mesh together as a couple.  You’re put in a low impact “survival” situation where it’s just the 2 of you and nature.  You have a chance to see how your new spouse handles themselves when left with the basics of life.  There are amazing national parks all over the United States where you can camp for a week for $20-30, disconnect from technology, and enjoy some of the natural wonders our nation has to offer.

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2. Staycation

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