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Fun Family Christmas Holiday Traditions for December

December is the month for holiday traditions! Coolest Family on the Block has your family Christmas tradition needs covered from Christmas Pajamas, to Ugly Christmas Sweaters, to proof of Santa’s existence, and so much more!

Christmas Traditions

Christmas Book Countdown Advent
Christmas Book Countdown Advent

Christmas Morning Tradition: Gift Wrap Doorway
Christmas Morning Tradition: Gift Wrap Doorway

10 Ideas For Your Christmas Pajamas Tradition
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Ugly Christmas Sweaters

Ugly Christmas Sweater Tradition
Ugly Christmas Sweater Tradition (Coolest Family on the Block

Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest Rules
Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest Rules

Ugly Christmas Sweaters 2010
Ugly Christmas Sweater Competition Tradition (Coolest Family on the Block)

Ugly Christmas Sweaters 2011
Ugly Christmas Sweater Tradition

Santa Proof

Santa Proof: Photos of Santa in your home!
Photos of Santa in your home!

Santa Proof: Santa’s Magical Sooty Bootprints
Santa Proof: Santa leave sooty boot prints

Santa Proof: Phone Calls from Santa
Santa Proof: Phone Calls from Santa

Santa Proof: Watch Santa feed his reindeer!
Watching Santa feed his reindeer

Dear Santa

Make Writing a Letter to Santa a Tradition
The tradition of Writing a Letter to Santa (Coolest Family on the Block)

How to Mail a Letter to Santa at the North Pole
How to mail a letter to Santa at the North Pole

Free Printable Santa Paper
Free Printable Santa Paper!

How to Email a Letter to Santa
Email a Letter to Santa

Fun Family Christmas Holiday Traditions for December

What are some of your family’s December traditions?
Let me know in the comments!


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Santa Proof: Watch Santa feed his reindeer LIVE! (Free)


Watching Santa feed his reindeer

You can see Santa’s Reindeer LIVE on the internet for FREE! Beginning November 17 you can watch Santa feed the reindeer live every weekday at 11am, 6pm and 9pm EST and 6pm EST on weekends until the Christmas Eve on ReindeerCam.com! You can also download the ReindeerCam app for iOS or Andriod!
Just a note: When watching the ReindeerCam, there isn’t supposed to be any sound, so don’t worry if you can’t hear anything! 🙂 In 2014 ReindeerCam.com is adding sound for the first time ever!

Watch Santa feed his reindeer

Adaline loved watching the reindeer last year! This has become a new tradition for our family.

Watching Santa feed his reindeer

Click to watch video

You can follow ReindeerCam.com on:
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Have you watched Santa feed his reindeer?
Let me know in the comments!

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Santa Proof: Photos of Santa in Your Home!


Photos of Santa in your home!
Thanks to my stealthy photography skills, I’ve been able to catch Santa delivering presents to our house for the past 3 years! I’m pretty sure he knows what’s going on, but he lets me think I’m a great Santa detective anyway.

Photos of Santa in your home!

In 2010 I caught Santa checking his list…twice.

Photos of Santa in your home!

In 2011 I caught Santa cinching up his sack after delivering the gifts.

Photos of Santa in your home!

In 2012 I caught Santa reaching for a cookie!

Photos of Santa in your home!

If you’re too tired or too lazy to spend Christmas Eve hiding behind your sofa waiting to pop out and take a picture of the Big Guy in action, you may find one of these photo services helpful.

Many of these services have Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy options as well! 🙂

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ICaughtSanta.com
Want Santa by the Christmas tree? Coming down the chimney? Eating milk and cookies? Sleeping on the sofa? Stealing a kiss from Mommy? For less than $10 anyone can bring back the wonder of Christmas and be a hero to children by catching Santa “in the act.”
*My photos above were made using ICaughtSanta.com

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CaptureTheMagic.com
Take photo of where you want to “catch” Santa, by the Christmas tree, fireplace, etc.
Follow the prompts to upload your photo to our magical editing page

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MySantaPictures.com
With My Santa Pictures, it is easy to create the perfect Santa Claus picture. Just upload a photo, then pick from over 65 different Santa pictures, adjust the Santa picture for size and placement – we do the rest

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PhotoSanta.com
With Photo Santa’s digital photo editor, you can capture Santa in your home using an assortment of jolly poses. Your kids will be amazed when you show them Santa eating up all the milk and cookies, or gently spreading the presents in their place.

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SantaCamApp.com
Free iphone app. Add Santa to your photos to make pictures of his visit to your home. This easy to use Christmas photo app gives you photographic evidence of Santa’s visit.

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CatchSanta.co.uk
Why not use our catch Santa site as often as you like and create lots of different Santa Photo’s. Catch Santa coming down the chimney, taking a nap under the Christmas Tree or even kissing Mummy! You can then revisit our site year upon year and do the same.

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TheSantaPhoto.com
The Santa Photo is officially in the works, offering free santa photos of santa claus in your very own home. That’s right, catch santa on camera with a photo or picture of santa clause this Christmas. Stay tuned for santa photo and santa picture updates! In the meantime, check out The Santa Video.

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FREE Santa Photo: Studio5.ksl.com
4 Santa images to choose from! Santa is pretty quick, but this year you can set up a camera and catch him in action. We have the Santa. You just need to take a background picture by the tree or stockings and drop Santa in. Open your picture in a Word document and choose a Santa to add to your picture. Remember to bring the Santa picture to the front and format his position so that he is “in front of text.” Resize him as needed and crop any overhanging edges.
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Disclosure: I created the photos used in this post using ICaughtSanta.com. I paid for these photos myself. I wasn’t given anything for free and I wasn’t compensated in any way. There are no affiliate links included in this post. I have not tried the other websites/services listed in this post. All opinions expressed are my own.

Photos of Santa in your home!

Have you ever caught Santa in your home?
Let me know in the comments!

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Wordless Wednesday: The Santa Photo 2010 – The Sequel


As if torturing my daughter with Santa wasn’t bad enough the first time, I figured I’d do it once more just to secure her need for therapy later in life. This time we went to the Beaver Valley Mall with cousin, Dominic (6m), to have her photo taken with Santa.

Once again she liked Santa from afar, but was not interested in sitting in his lap. Actually for the first few seconds she just kinda stared at Dominic with this look on her face like “What in the world is going on here?”, but they didn’t take the picture 😦 And then she started to cry. It’s almost like the photographer was waiting for her to cry. I love how Dominic has his hand on her back as if trying to comfort her.

In case you missed it last week, check out our first visit with Santa this year.

This post is linked to the following Wordless Wednesday posts:
*5minutesformom.com
*CarrieWithChildren.com
*Homegrown Families
*Mama to 4 Blessings
*Foster 2 Forever

Check out my other Christmas posts in the right sidebar and feel free to look around the categories and tags to the right for anything else that might interest you! This post on 10 Ways to Shake Up Your Christmas Pajamas Tradition is a popular one.

Don’t forget to vote for Adaline in the Spooked by Santa Photo Contest everyday until 01/09/2011! Thanks!

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Santa Proof: Phone Calls from Santa Claus


20 services (free and paid) where you can request a phone call from Santa or leave Santa a voicemail message!

When my sister and I were little our Dad told us that he could talk to Santa whenever he wanted through two different magical phones that he kept in his office…one was disguised as a yellow highlighter, the other a stapler. We watched Dad have many conversations with Santa on the magical highlighter-stapler phones, but we never got to talk to him ourselves. Oh, how we wanted to talk to Santa. Unfortunately the magic phones didn’t work for children, only for parents. Bummer.
Now you can give your children an experience that my sister and I never had. Rules have changed at the North Pole and now children can talk to Santa…and they don’t even need to use random “magical” office supplies!

Below is a list of free and paid services where you can receive a phone call from Santa or call his voicemail to leave him a message. Please note that I have not used any of these services personally and therefore can not comment on the quality of the call or the reliability of the company. Purchase at your own risk. Furthermore, all information included below was taken directly from the individual websites and is subject to change at anytime. I try to update information as it changes but I am not responsible for any differences in price or discontinuation of a service(s) listed here.

FREE *SantaDial.com Get a FREE (pre-recorded) call from the North Pole!
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Choose from two different Santa voices and 3 different messages that you can preview on the website. Santa will call immediately from a “restricted” number. You can receive 3 free calls a day.

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FREE *ChristmasDialer.com Free calls to the U.S. and Canada

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FREE *DialMyCalls.com/santa-calls.html Free call from Santa!
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Whether you’re an existing DialMyCalls user or not yet, you can take advantage of our completely free phone call from Santa. Imagine the look on your child’s face when they receive a personalized phone call from Santa with his or her name on it! (Facebook)
-Simply select your child’s name and the message from Santa you want sent.
-Pick the time, date and phone number you want the call sent to.
-We create a personalized message and send the call when you want it sent!

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FREE *CallingSanta.com App Santa’s Magic Phone FREE App
For iphone, ipad, and Andriod
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Must Have FREE App for Kids (and Parents) to Call Santa Claus! Want Santa to call your child on demand? There’s an app for that! Call, and get called, with your personal direct line to Santa. (Facebook)

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FREE+$ *DearSantaLetters.com/call-santa-claus
Call Santa Claus’ voicemail and leave him a message for free!
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Request a copy of your child’s message $5.99 (as of 11/2013)
Continue to checkout, and make sure to fill out the form after checkout is complete. This will help provide the information needed to retrieve your child’s message.

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FREE+$ *ACallFromSanta.Packagefromsanta.com
and afreecallfromsanta.com A Free Call From Santa Claus Personalized For Your Child
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You’ll need to “like” their Facebook page for a coupon code for the free phone call.
This Santa message can be personalized girl or boy, plus the child’s name (or a generic name like “kiddo” or “sweetie”), along with your choice of 6 messages. You can select the date and time of your message and schedule it in advance.
Santa has a special message for your loved one! Whether they have been Naughty, or Nice…Santa can offer great words of encouragement! Imagine your loved one’s face when they receive their FREE, Personalized phone call from Santa Claus Himself!

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*PhoneGreetings.com Get a Personal Call from Santa $3 (as of 11/2013)

Santa Claus knows who’s been naughty and who’s been nice! Send this one-of-a-kind special message from Santa Claus himself, right to your friends and loved ones! They’ll be amazed by Santa Claus when they truly know that he is watching them and knows all about their good behavior! Send this rewarding and magical call from Santa Claus to your little ones today!

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*SantaSpeaking.com Prices range from $25.95-$91.95 (as of 11/2013)

They offer 2 types of calls:
The Live Call is for a single child, and generally last for 4-5 minutes.
The Extended Live Call is for up to 3 children, and generally last for 8-10 minutes.

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*SantaCallsMe.com Prices range from $19.99 to $37.99 and up (as of 11/2013)
Now through December 2 save 20% off, click here for coupon code!

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*SantasPhoneCalls.com Prices range from $20-$75 (as of 11/2013)

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*SantaPhoneCall.co.uk Live or prerecorded call from Santa: £4.99-7.99 (as of 11/2013)
You Can Book a Call from Santa anywhere in the UK (and USA), even to mobiles if you wish.

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*CincinnatiBell.com/holiday FREE Serves Area Codes: 513, 812, 859, 937
Ho Ho Ho! Send a personalized call from Santa Claus to your good little boy or girl for FREE!
Cincinnati Bell: free call from Santa

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*Vonage.com/santa Call Santa and leave a message! FREE for Vonage customers.
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*SantaClaus.net
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Place YOUR name on Santa’s Call List. Adult supervision is required. Supply the information to give parent’s permission.

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*SantasVideoCall.com Santa’s Video Call on Skype
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With our video chat your child can see and talk LIVE with Santa at the North Pole! Plus you can receive a video recording so the memory can be shared and treasured for years to come.
Below are the prices as of November 2013
(Gift certificates are also available)
Up to 5-min. Santa Video Call $17.99
Up to 5-min. Santa Video Call + HD Recording $22.99

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*SantasVideoCalls.my-iceberg.com Skype with Santa
This is Santa live by video link to your PC. Book early, calls are limited.
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*SantaCallsllc.com
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Prices (as of 11/2013) Santa Call $7.95-$19.95 / Skype with Santa (Dec. 17): $39.95
Our phone calls from Santa will be conducted by a most authentic and magical “Santa” and may accommodate up to 4 children in a household – each getting their own 3-5 minutes of personalized phone time with Santa
Skype sessions with Santa are exclusive and limited to one day only! December 17th. Santa will be seated in his chair, amongst beautiful holiday decor and dressed in a traditional suit – looking prepped and ready for the big day!

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Video Messages from Santa
Santa will telephone your child for a brief chat (up to 15 minutes) to talk about whatever you suggest — silly, serious or special. $24.99 (as of 11/2013)

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*MySantaCall.com Live Santa Call
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US $39.95 until Thanksgiving, $49.95 after Thanksgiving (2013)
Your LIVE My Santa Call Includes…
– Up to a 20 Minute Live Talk with Santa Claus for ALL Your Kids.
– No Extra Fee for Additional Children in Your Family.
– FREE MP3 Recording of the Live Call and download of file.
– FREE Magical Webpage to Listen, Share and Download the MP3.
– FREE NORAD Tracking and Ringtones in Your Magical Page.
– FREE Email Tool to Share Your Magical Page Worldwide.

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*U.S. Santa-Claus.com/call / U.K. Santa.co.uk/call
Calls from Santa (Facebook)
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Live Santa Calls: $13.95 / Prerecorded Calls: $4.95 (as of November 2013)
Imagine an actual phone call from Santa. Watch in amazement as Santa calls a child you love and speaks about what they’ve been doing and what they’d love for Christmas and anything else you ask him to say in their very own personal Santa Call. Santa can even talk about the Letter he wrote them! Each wonderful LIVE Santa Call is performed by a children’s entertainer guaranteed to bring out the most of a truly magical moment. You can also request a Certificate of Proof that Santa called (to be kept until they are eighteen!) Ho ho ho. Make Believe. Keep Believe. Re-Believe.

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*SendSantaCalls.com
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Step 1: Choose the type of call that you would like to send
Step 2: Personalize your call using the customized drop-down boxes
Step 3: Schedule your call for later or send it now, only $4.99!
(as of 11/2013)

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*SnowBeltSanta.com
SnowbeltSanta.com (Santa Phone Calls)
Santa offers this delightful treat, a phone call that is personalized. Santa will use their name, and names of family and friends to let your child know that Santa is always watching. This call can be to discuss school, encourage good behavior or congratulate a specific accomplishment. Please allow 24-48 hours for the call to be placed. If a special time is requested please include that in your email. Please note that Santa can’t guarantee the call time, but will make every effort to try. A personalized phone call from Santa costs only $10 for a five minute call.

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*Talking Santa for iphone
Talking Santa iPhone App

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*SantaPhone.com Personalized, Live Phone Call from Santa Claus!
(As of November this website has not yet been updated for 2013)
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*SendACallFromSanta.com (Google)
(As of November 2013 this website is still not active.)
You need to enter and adults birthday, not a child’s, or it won’t work.

*Imaginary Greetings
Note: Apparently this company is no longer offering Santa Phone Calls or Santa Letters like they did in the past. I’m keeping this link here in case anything changes. The link now redirects to a website with Santa Telegrams. Several other Santa phone call and letter services listed below were affiliated with this company and are no longer offering those services.

*SantasHotline.com
Note: Apparently this website was affiliated with Imaginary Greetings mentioned above and is no longer offering phone calls or letters from Santa.

*LetterBySanta.com
Note: Apparently this website was affiliated with Imaginary Greetings mentioned above and is no longer offering phone calls or letters from Santa.

*GreetingsFromSanta.com:
Note: Apparently this website was affiliated with Imaginary Greetings mentioned above and is no longer offering phone calls or letters from Santa.
Free phone call from Santa with every personal letter from Santa.

*SantaCalled.me
Note: As of November 2013, this page no longer seems to work.

20 services (free and paid) where you can request a phone call from Santa or leave Santa a voicemail message!

Have you or your children ever talked to Santa on the phone?
Let me know in the comments!

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Wordless Wednesday: The Santa Photo 2010



On Saturday we drove out to Kraynak’s to see their Christmasland tree display.
While we were there we took Adaline to see Santa Claus.

First here she is last year with the Santa at the Beaver Valley Mall, she was just over 4 months old:

Now here she is this year with Kraynak’s Santa
at just over 16 months old:

She was fine with Santa from afar until I tried to hand her over to him. Check out the thumbnails for the progression of torture.

Post Santa trauma. Not letting go of Mommy.

Post Santa bottle and nap. Phew, what a long day 😉

And lastly, proof-positive that I’ve probably scarred her for life.
Later in the day once we got home…

Yes. She’s licking the ornaments on the tree.

Lest you think that this was a one time mistake by a rookie mom you need to see how I purposely tortured my daughter with Santa yet one more time only 1 week later:
Wordless Wednesday: The Santa Photo 2010 – The Sequel
Bad mom. Bad.

This post is linked to:
Wordless Wednesday on Carrie with Children
Wordless Wednesday on 5minutesformom.com

Don’t forget to vote for Adaline in the Spooked by Santa Photo Contest everyday until 01/09/2011! Thanks!

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