Forget Visiting Santa: Now You Can Video Call The Big Man Instead
He might have a white beard and be hundreds of years old but Santa Claus is no old man when it comes to embracing modern technology. Turns out he's a got a smartphone like the rest of us.
The Video Call Santa app (free on iOS app store and Google Play) means you can now video call the big man from the comfort of your own home minus the dodgy elves and hour-long queue.
Just download the app and hit the 'Call Santa' button for you call to get started.
Because Santa is so busy at this time of year (making a list and checking it twice, no doubt) it's a pre-recorded message. Older kids might be suspicious about the odd pauses in conversation, but younger children could be convinced - after all the signal from the North Pole is bound to be a bit sketchy.
Full disclosure: because it's a free app you're going to get the odd advert for a gaming app (or five) before or after you hit the call button - but they won't pop up during your call and you can skip them a few seconds in.
The app also has a parents section: just enter a pin to access. You can schedule a time to get Santa to call you and iPhone users can also watch the video call back afterwards from Santa's perspective.That way you can double check what the kids want for Christmas and see whether they've been naughty or nice. Unfortunately the recording feature doesn't work on Android smartphones.
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For any parents or carers who are struggling with telling their children they won't be able to celebrate Christmas on actual Christmas day - because thousands of NHS workers, police, chefs and many more don't have the luxury of having 25th December off, one mum has the answer, and it comes in the form of a letter from Santa.
Parents can print off the letter at home and fill it in with their kids to rearrange the present delivery for another day.
Posting on Facebook she wrote: "As all of you know, the holidays can be a rough time for families like ours.
"Juggling shift work (which I'm so glad Brent doesn't deal with anymore!), on-call hours, deployments, TDYs, etc. and "normal" holiday events can get quite hectic. And no matter what, our amazing kids just push on through, sharing their parent(s) with us all.
"This year, it's likely Brent will be working on Christmas Day, so we've decided to have Christmas the morning of the 24th, when we can all be together.
"I typed up a letter from Santa Claus, just for these special kids, and wanted to share it with y'all, just in case.
"Merry Christmas - whatever day that may be for your family!"
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