Good morning! It is December 1, let the countdown begin! I am very excited for Christmas this year because I am hosting my family.
It may get a little noisy with two dogs, three kids, and eight adults, but it is going to be so much fun. We have lots of baking, eating, shopping, playing, building a gingerbread house, trips to see the lights and of course time to read books and drink cocoa on the schedule.
This will actually be my first year watching my two nieces and nephew wake up and rush to the tree to see what Santa brought them. In years past I have had to fly to see my husbands family at the crack of dawn on Christmas day so I missed it.
They are already getting daily elf reports and being visited by Elf on the Shelf
|Image from Elf on the Shelf|
and today they began tracking Santa and his progress to my house on the NORAD Santa Tracker.
Are you familiar with the Santa Tracker? It began in 1955 when a local department store misprinted a telephone number to speak to Santa and track his progress on Christmas Eve. Instead the children were calling CONAD, the predecessor to NORAD( the North American Aerospace Defense Command).
Luckily Colonel Harry Shoup was in command because he ordered that each child who called be told the exact coordinates of Santa, and to this day the tradition continues. Just in case you are wondering, this is paid for by corporate sponsors and all the phones are manned by volunteers.
If you visit the web site with your children you can see the countdown to Santa's visit, videos, games and much more. It really is a cute webpage and I think your little ones would like it.
In addition to tracking Santa NORAD also supports the US troops all over the world and they provide links to all sorts of organizations that supports the troops and their families, you can see all of the links at Operation Goodwill.
The holidays are an incredibly difficult time for the Armed Forces and their families, please think of them over the holidays and if you can send a card, letter or gift. I know many bloggers that have children, or family serving and I am sure that you do too. The information is provided in the links above.
I hope you have a fabulous day!