Microsoft are giving kids the chance to chat live with Santa Claus, thanks to the power of Windows Live Messenger (formerly MSN Messenger).
Using Windows Live Messenger, parents can spend time with their kids chatting in real time with Santa online, simply by adding Santa’s address, firstname.lastname@example.org, to their contact list and instantly opening a conversation window to communicate.
Filling Santa in on Christmas wishes and asking all about how the reindeer are doing or what’s new at the North Pole are a few of the things kids can talk to Santa about. Santa can even tell kids where they stand on his list: naughty or nice.
Now, I have it on good authority that the bearded fellow is a tad busy at this time of year – so I’m thinking some of his elves may have moved out to Redmond and are fielding these messages. Just don’t tell the kids that…
On Christmas Eve morning, it’s also possible to check on Santa’s journey around the world. Anyone who asks him where he is or when he will arrive at their house will be directed to the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) Santa-tracking site. Things were never this advanced in my day.
Santa on Messenger