Apps and websites for those keeping an eye out for the man in red

Parents have as much fun with the magic of Santa Claus as young children. The internet and apps help keep the belief in St. Nick going even when children are at the age where they’re hearing rumors that Santa isn’t real.

Children can watch Santa prepare for the big night at the website It is a live video feed from one of Santa Claus’ security cameras at the North Pole.

The cameras are trained in on the stables where Santa keeps his reindeer. During the day, the jolly old elf walks out in his red suit, grabs a feedbag and feeds the reindeer. He comes out three times each day and the website shows the schedule of appearances.

Parents can also submit their child’s name, which will appear on the screen and on Santa’s "good list." Kringl is a mobile app that gives parents the ability to show Santa Claus visited their house. The app lets you take a a short video of a room, such as in front of your fireplace or Christmas tree. They have a choice of several Santas that can be superimposed over the video. Users can scale Santa and adjust the lighting to match the room.

Playing back the video shows a very life­like burst of video, as if it comes from a home security camera, of Santa placing gifts under the tree, taking a break, or noticing the camera in the room.

Kids can also keep track of Santa’s trip on Christmas Eve on Norad’s Santa Tracker, and Google has its own Santa tracker with lots of extra features for kids.

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