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Believing in Santa: The 2010 Way

Sending Santa a letter with your wish list and sneaking down the stairs on Christmas Eve to try to catch a glimpse of the big guy is so 10 years ago.  These days believing in Santa has gone viral.  Check out the evidence below:
photo via parent hacks

According to parent hacks the best way to tell Santa what you want is to have mom or dad take a picture of you holding the prized object with a camera phone and then emailing it directly to him.  It makes me kinda sad to think that kids will no longer be writing letters to Santa with fat round crayons.  Parent hacks has an excellent point, however, that this may be the only way to get your toddler out of the toy store sans toy without a meltdown.  Click through for two ingenious ways for your kids to see Santa on the web.

photo via little lovely

And how will your kids know for sure that Santa got their email?  Hop over to little lovely and find out how to arrange for Santa to email them back with a video message including their names, pictures, accomplishments, and gift requests.

picture via modern kiddo
That should be more than enough to convince your kids of Santa’s existence, right? (All we ever needed to keep the faith were a few nibbles in the cookies we left out on Christmas Eve.)  Just in case, though, modern kiddo has info. on a website by the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) that actually tracks Santa’s whereabouts during his Christmas Eve flight (first spotted at ohdeedoh).  With all this incontrovertible Santa evidence, your kids should be big time believers well into their 30s.


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Emily @ Merrypad December 23, 2010 at 7:51 pm

We definitely did the texting to Santa this year, but kids are growing up so closely to technology (a 4-year old can navigate the Wii to browse Netflix?) that it doesn’t seem completely inappropriate – it was actually fun because we let her be in the pictures too and she smiled so big knowing that it would go to Santa. We’re still reinforcing the importance of handwritten holiday cards and thank you notes, and yes, we also had her circling her “wants” in the Target toy catalogue, so some traditions will live on :)


Steph at ModernParentsMessyKids.com December 23, 2010 at 8:09 pm

You are right about kids growing up so close to technology. I had a surreal moment the other day while my 2 year old video chatted over the phone with my dad. How weird that my son will never know a time when this wasn’t possible while the idea of video chatting was hardly even imagined in my dad’s childhood.


RookieMom Whitney January 3, 2011 at 11:25 pm

Thanks for saying Hi on RookieMoms.com. So the problem I have with this hack is that holding the item you want implies that you have access to it.

My 6 yo wanted a clock, but didn’t really have a vision of it. Santa blew his mind with a rocket ship-shaped clock that projects the time on the ceiling. Now imagine if I had taken him to Target to have him hold up an alarm clock. I would have felt obligated to have Santa get that exact item to support the myth.


Steph at ModernParentsMessyKids.com January 3, 2011 at 11:45 pm

Hi Whitney,

Let me start off by saying that:

1) that clock sounds awesome
2) how great is it that your 6 year old wanted a clock and not some huge plastic thing?

Yes, I agree that this hack has to be used with discretion. My big gift to my 2 year old this year was one that I made and he didn’t even know such a thing existed (look for a post on that soon) so I get what you’re saying about focusing on an idea for a present and not a specific item.

That being said, I still think the hack has its uses – like when you’re in a toy store and your child REALLY doesn’t want to leave without a certain beloved character. Fortunately, my son hasn’t gotten into many character driven toys yet (with the exception of Thomas trains) so we were able to stick to more play based toys like art supplies this year BUT I could see the cell phone trick being useful in the future.

Thanks for stopping by!


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