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Find out how you can get your kids a personalised message from Santa!

Make their Christmas even more magical

Chloe Best, Julie Delahaye

The final countdown to Christmas is on, with children around the world eagerly awaiting Santa to bring them their presents! However, what if he dropped them a handwritten letter ahead of the big day? Nowadays, all it takes is a simple click of a button and a sweet, personalised note from Santa could be landing on your doorstep to make the lead-up to Christmas all that more magical for your little ones.

In fact nowadays, interacting with Santa has never been easier – and we're not talking a simple trip to a Santa's Grotto! From a Sat Nav tracking his trip from the North Pole to turning your entire family into elves, we've discovered the best ways you can make the festive season extra special for your children.

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Make Christmas extra special for your kids with a personalised letter from Santa!

Receive a personalised letter from Father Christmas himself:

Thanks to the NSPCC you can brighten up your child's day with a tailor-made letter from Santa, while simultaneously helping children in need. Simply choose how much you want to donate, and then use their handy step-by-step guide to create a personalised note which will be posted straight to your doo. Pick from a range of festive templates before adding in details including your child's name, age, their favourite activities and why they've made Santa's 'nice list' this year. For that extra touch you can even add in your own message – all signed by Santa of course! For more information visit nspcc.org.uk/LetterFromSanta

Turn your family into elves:

Whether you want an alternative to a traditional Christmas card, or simply want something fun to do with the kids, Office Depot's 'Elf Yourself' project could be the solution. Gather up your loved ones and pose for the camera – the website will then turn you all into a series of Santa's little helpers, enjoying a hilarious boogie! You can also upload photos from Facebook, so dig up some of your funniest ones from the year to create fun festive memories. For more information visit elfyourself.com

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Track the progress of Santa's sleigh

Track Santa's progress as he delivers his presents:

Christmas Eve will see millions of children eagerly awaiting for Santa to drop off their presents – but with the whole world to cover, it's a busy night for the icon! Luckily, NORAD and the Continental Air Defense Command have been using sat navs to track his flight for 60 years, so you can get updates as to where Father Christmas is in the world. The tradition first kicked off when an advert misprinted a telephone number for children to call Santa, taking them to the CONAD commander-in-chief's phone. The Director of Operations at the time had staff check their radars for signs of Santa to give the kids an update – and thus a tradition was born. For more information visit noradsanta.org

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