Big sigh. All those years of tracking Santa's journey are, sadly, now over in this household, with my children all too old to be interested.
I even had to threaten to take 4 advent calendars hostage to get my children to show any interest in putting up the Christmas tree! Only the potential loss of those poor quality daily chocolates rallied their enthusiasm and got our Christmas tree in place.
In saying that, my youngest (at 11) is still saying he is a believer in the fat, jolly man - I suspect just so that he can still receive a 'Santa' present in his stocking!
But I doubt that a Santa Tracker app will feature in the set of apps on his iPad.
Anyway, for those of you who still have the magic of Christmas in your home, with little ones super-excited about Santa's arrival next week, here are some gorgeous iPad and iPhone apps that will allow you to track Santa's preparations and global journey this Christmas.
My family LOVES our Apple TV. In fact, we have two!
I use one when running my iTandCoffee classes, to project my iPad's screen up onto a big TV screen.
Just last night we rented the movie 'Guardians of the Galaxy' using our Apple TV, and watched that together on our family room TV.
But just before we did that, I showed my family a video that I had seen on Facebook, that shows how to really, really easily put a quilt cover onto your quilt.
From my iPhone, I 'airplayed' the Facebook video (via our Wi-Fi network) to the TV screen for us all to watch.
(Check out that amazing video here! I can't believe I had never seen this before!)
Are you wondering if the Apple TV has a place in your home? For me, the relatively low price tag of only $109 (sometimes less on sale) made that decision easy. Here are a couple of articles that might help you decide for yourself.
If you are looking for a great Christmas gift for kids who love their iPads - but one that you can feel good about them spending time on - check out a great new toy called Osmo.
Osmo provides a combination of accessories (a stand for the iPad and physical puzzle/game pieces) and iPad apps that are both educational and fun - that even parents and older kids will have fun playing.
Here are a couple of articles about Osmo, for those of you interested in exploring it further.
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