How to Track Santa Claus on Christmas Eve

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Every Christmas Eve children of all ages eagerly anticipate the arrival of Santa Claus at their house. Santa has an enormous list of children who are expecting to hear tiny reindeer hooves on the roof, so here are some ways to track Santa's progress around the world on Christmas Eve and make sure he stops at your house.

Things You'll Need

  • Raw oatmeal
  • Snack size baggies
  • Glitter (any color)
  • Paper, card stock, or a blank Christmas card
  • Internet access
  • Cookies and Milk
  • Christmas ribbon
  • Sit down with your children and brief them on the fact Santa Claus takes off from the North Pole and heads south on the Eve of Christmas. Explain what tracking is to them and get them excited about following Santa's flight path on Christmas Eve, so you can predict when he will arrive in your city.

  • Go to the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) web site. Watch the computer generated Santa fly over one or more of the cities in the various time zones.

  • View the web site each hour to see updates along Santa Claus' route as he flies over major cities. Voice overs offer imaginative information about Santa and the area where he is being tracked.

  • Make reindeer food and place it outside for Santa's reindeer. Prepare cookies and milk for Santa with a note on how much fun you had tracking him with the NORAD updates.

  • Tell the children that Santa Claus will be here soon and that you all need to be in bed and fast asleep when he arrives. Then everyone can double-check the reindeer food, cookies and milk, secure the home and go to bed.

Tips & Warnings

  • To make Reindeer food for Santa's team, put 1/8 cup of raw oatmeal into the baggy. Add glitter to the oatmeal, close the baggy and shake. Tie with a pretty Christmas ribbon and use card stock or a blank Christmas card to add a message to Santa Claus. On Christmas Eve, go to your front yard to sprinkle the shiny Reindeer Food by your front walk way or by the base of the chimney. Tell your children the moonlight will make the food sparkle to guide Rudolph and the other reindeer to your home.

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