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Chasing Santa In a world where half-finished milk and cookies is, well, tired ... the role of Santa’s little helper takes on a modish approach this holiday season. Strap on your boots, slip into your finest red suit, and get ready to jump five steps ahead of your little angel in order to maintain that same Christmas spirit that you fell in love with as a child. You’ll be able to stand strong for those “reality” investigations and be promoted to “Helper of the Year” as fast as your kiddies can say, “Merry Christmahanukwanza”! Written by Alexia Mangual

;-) • Santa tags make gifts look bright, shiny and authentic from the North Pole, as they are signed by elves, reindeer, Santa and Mrs. Claus themselves. Check out this adorably packaged collection of 50 gift tags from Santa’s workshop at • On Christmas Eve, Rosanna Cal of Orlando gathers her kiddos ‘round the computer to track Santa on The local TV channel News 13 also tracks him on radar, keeping kids savvy of his locale. • “In our house, Santa leaves a special note to our kids talking about all the wonderful things they did throughout the year. The notes go into a book for my kids to have when they are older,” says Amy Holgersen of Clearwater. • Chimneys aren’t the norm in Central Florida, so Janelle and Kip Conway of Winter Garden have their girls leave a Santa key on the outside doorknob so the big guy can let himself in. Get yours at

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Assuming Santa travels east to west, he has 31 hours of Christmas in which to work (thanks to different time zones and the earth’s rotation). This works out to 822.6 visits per second. So for each Christian household with good children, Santa has approximately 1/1,000th of a second to park, hop out of the sleigh, jump down the chimney, fill the stockings, distribute the remaining presents under the tree, grab a snack, climb back up the chimney, hop back into the sleigh and move on to the next house. No wonder no one ever sees him; he must be moving at lightning speed!

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• Sometimes Santa forgets to wipe his feet and leaves tracks of mud throughout your home. Come on, use the doormat, buddy! See the evidence — Santa’s Boot Print Kit at • Schedule a phone call from Santa Claus and Zander will be smiling from ear to ear. Santa’s calendar fills quickly, so schedule your call at today. • Afraid they’ll find Santa’s stash? Shop at boutiques, such as Lighten Up in Winter Park or Timmy’s Toy Chest in Lake Mary, that offer gift-holding until December 24.

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Chasing Santa  

This article, published by Playground Magazine, a Lifestyle Magazine for Central Florida's Modern Parent, gives mom and dad ideas on how to...

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