The countdown to Christmas can be nerve wracking for any parent. If your little ones are waiting not-so-patiently for Santa Claus to show up, Smutty has a couple of great activities for you to distract them. After all, humans aren’t allowed to swat their young one to the ear when they are annoying.
First up, Reindeer Cam. This is a great site that integrates with Facebook and shows live footage three times a day of Santa coming out to feed the reindeer. And you can submit your child’s name to the “nice” list and have them wait for it to scroll across the screen. Should buy you 15 to 20 minutes of quiet time. If you are on the go at feeding time, there is an iPhone and iPad app as well as Android and Windows 8 apps available.
Next is the Santa Tracker from NORAD. It is available in several languages so is great for nearly everyone. Check out the promo video below.
Last but not least is the North Pole where all of the Christmas action takes place. There are stories, printable coloring pages and activities to keep young humans busy for hours. You can even spread out the fun over several days by only choosing one building at a time to focus on. Easy to navigate by choosing a building that tells you what it is from the workshop to the mailroom.
Smutty wishes you and your furry and non-furry families a very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!
Smutty is always looking for a superhero movie, but does not usually find them in the Holiday films between Thanksgiving and Christmas. This year is an exception.
Rise of the Guardians is a fresh take on the idea of a superhero and the role of Santa, the Tooth Fairy, Sandman and the Easter Bunny. The visuals from Dreamworks are as rich and stunning as Smutty could hope for in an animated movie.
And how can you lose with voicing from Hugh Jackman, Alec Baldwin and Chris Pine? Smutty believes this is the next holiday classic.
The bad guy here is fear going by the name Pitch. He of course, wants to take over the world, not understanding that Smutty already has done this. The concept is fresh, the pacing brisk enough to keep the attention of little humans and the voices snappy and funny. This movie will make you believe again.
Tis the season to return overspent and underused gifts fala la la … from the best video games of the year to the worst pet gifts and a billionaire with no where to put his money. Pull the ribbon and bits of wrapping paper from your face and fur, Christmas is over and the hangover has begun.
If you got clothes for Christmas, chances are you are headed to the store this week. Beware, retailers are suffering and don’t want to cut any slack to customers. Most will be having narrow return windows and you need your receipt. Scrooge awards all around.
Gamers; take your gift cards and run right out and buy Batman: Arkham City. This is the best overall game of 2011 and has awesome graphics and story. Non-gamers might even like to just watch it, its so great.
If you have several billionaires in your country who cannot invest in anything due to government corruption, it might be time to ask Santa to intervene. In India, many have made fortunes with new business and technology. Now, they cannot invest in building, roads and infrastructure due to the level of government corruption that existed for decades. New officials are so afraid of the rules they take forever to approve any permits.
Indian Santas; high tail it over to America where you can get permits with no waiting or bribery involved. We are happy just to have your money, er, business.
Finally, Scrooge Award to California’s Marmonte League for benching a teen without even hearing why his guardian asked for a player exception. Hey Marmonte, does it make you feel better if you don’t know why you’re kicking the dog? Is it somehow OK to stomp on the cat while its down if you don’t listen to it scream? Well, if you refuse a request for residency waiver from a boy who survived attempted murder and moved from the state where it happened, you should LISTEN to the FACTS. Hey, even cats and dogs make peaceful exceptions when necessary. Lump of coal coming for 5 years.
Smutty Paws can finally put away his sleigh for the year.
Well the trees are up and the presents are bought (mostly). Children everywhere are out of school and excited. Parents are exhausted, and everyone is waiting for the big day.
But did you remember the furry members of your family? Smutty doesn’t want to put additional pressure on you at this busy time of year, but think; who didn’t lie to you, forget to take out the trash or get bad grades? Who always is happy to see you when you come home? Who sits on your lap or feet and keeps them warm for you? Doesn’t all this devotion deserve a little treat?
Now, Smutty has extravagant tastes (looking for that Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9″, thank you), but your furry friend probably just wants a chew toy or new cushy bed or blanket. A couple of chewy treats would also be a good look out. All of these can be picked up with the groceries you have to get for dinner anyway, so be a good friend and remember your personal 4-paws.
And while you’re at it, go to the local Humane Society website and donate towards those furry friends with no forever home.