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Santa Goes Digital: How to Keep the Spirit Alive in the World of Google

Christmas is in danger.


Knowledge is at everyone’s fingertips – including the fingertips of children. Every year kids get more and more tech savvy, and at younger ages.


What’s stopping young kids from googling “is Santa real?” and having this wonderful, magical myth that parents and grandparents and siblings and aunts and uncles go to such great lengths to preserve?


The feeling of waking up early with chilly winter air turning your nose red and your toes cold, but leaping out from beneath your blankets anyway, rushing down the stairs and bursting into the living room, being blinded by the lights on the tree, your eyes still foggy with sleep, and that onrushing sense of joy at seeing that Santa came and placed gifts beneath the tree and knick-knacks in your stocking.


Santa isn’t just a magical person, he’s a magical idea, and in our increasingly digital society, this magic has never been more in danger of fading out.


There is, however, an alternative to dying out for the big man and his reindeer games. Instead of letting wi-fi speed right past his sleigh this Christmas Eve, Santa’s going digital in a big way.


Now you – and more importantly, your curious, doubting kids – can see Santa’s reindeer on their downtime, and three times a day, Santa will come outside to feed them.


A website called Norad will count down until Santa takes off Christmas Eve, and tracks down his progress across the globe. Capturethemagic will help you capture the magic by inserting Santa into a picture of your own home to leave for your kids to find Christmas morning. And those are just a few options: while the world wide web might pose a danger to the myth of Santa Claus, it could just as well save him.


Twenty, even 10 years ago, kids were happy to accept that every year a man would fly all around the globe to every child’s household and leave them presents if they were well-behaved. In this digital age, parents might need a little extra help to maintain the illusion, and it’s an illusion worth maintaining.


Santa isn’t just responsible for delivering Christmas presents, but Christmas spirit as well. So this December when you see your kids surfing the net, and it crosses your mind that maybe “just maybe” their classmates are starting to whisper about whether or not Santa Claus is real, and you think the internet might be the enemy of youthful Christmas spirit and joy, maybe think about how the internet can also help enhance this spirit and joy as well (and perhaps install parental blocks, just in case).


Author Bio: Alyssa blogs for Delightfully, a virtual gift-wrapping site dedicated to putting the delight* of unwrapping a real gift into receiving digital presents. To read more like this, visit Delightfully’s blog, or the main site to learn more about Delightfully’s gift-wrapping services.



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