Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

Send a Call from Santa with Google Voice

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

The modern technological age we live in has yet again enabled us to convince our children they should behave around Christmas time. Google Voice now lets you call Santa and leave a message. You can also have Santa call your little boy or girl, or even a grown-up if you wish.

Go to to get started. You answer some basic questions, and off it goes. You can choose to send a phone call or an email from Santa. It is pretty straightforward, and effective. My boys were very happy to get a call from Santa. After the video email message (see post here) and now a phone call, they are thoroughly convinced that Santa has kept up with modern technology.

Your kids can also leave their own message on Santa’s voicemail via Google Voice. Call toll-free at (855) 34-SANTA. Your child will get to hear Santa’s greeting and then can leave a message.

Santa’s messages have been very helpful this year. Hopefully your kids will enjoy hearing from Santa as much as mine did.

Santa’s Back Online via the Portable North Pole

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Last year at Christmas time my wife and I treated our 3 year old to a very special message from Santa in the form of a personalized video email. The folks at UGroup Media have been hard at work and made some improvements this year. Not only does Santa know your kid’s name and location, he provides photographic evidence that he is always watching. You simply fill out a form and Santa makes sure your kids are on their best behavior all month. See the video below for a preview of the service.

You can choose the appropriate message based on age. There are categories for toddlers, children, and grown-ups. Watching my 4 year old light up when he saw photos of his T-ball team was definitely worth the effort. He is promising to work on his listening skills thanks to Santa. The 2 year old just beamed the whole way through his message. Hearing Santa say his name was more than enough to get him excited.

If you haven’t tried it yet, give it a shot. The video is really well done, and the personalization is very well done. Whether your kids have been naughty or nice, an email from Santa might just do them some good. If nothing else, it’s a great way to kick off the Christmas season. You can find the Portable North Pole at

Google Tracks Santa

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

Of all the ways my wife and I have tried to keep our three-year-old in line this holiday season, Google comes up the winner. Readers of this blog will hardly be surprised that I am happy with Google. What they did this time however was to track Santa Claus around the world. For those who haven’t seen the news reports and other blogs talking about it, click here to see where Santa is right now.

At the time of this writing Santa is approaching the south end of South America, a sure sign that he will soon be in Southern California. A number of other sites have done a similar tracking this year, including a couple iPhone apps. The Google one seems to have gotten the most attention. I have been tracking Santa since this morning when he left Russia for Kyrgyzstan. Like I mentioned before, this has been a wonderful tool for helping my son get along with his baby brother, listen to his Mommy and Daddy, and get into a general holiday spirit. Not that this can replace good old fashioned parenting, but a little help from Google was certainly appreciated this time around.

If Santa has already visited you, hopefully you got everything you wanted. If he has yet to come, good luck. Merry Christmas everyone.