Review by Debbie Mazo


Decking your halls and finding the Christmas spirit have never been easier when it comes to the Net. You'll get plenty of yuletide cheer when you check out Santaland, a virtual feast for Christmas lovers of all ages.

The first Christmas site created on the Internet, Santaland is definitely the place to be for reliving cherished Christmases memories. For starters, find out about Christmas traditions like the origins of St. Nicholas (legends suggest St. Nicholas, or the Bishop of Myra, used to give anonymous donations of gold coins to persons in need). You can also discover the history of the Christmas tree which goes back to 16th century Germany, where there was a widespread practice of bringing trees into houses for decoration during Christmastide.

Santa Land For kids from one to ninety-two, Santaland's Kids Corner has it all. Want to check up on Santa's progress on Christmas Eve? Then click on the Santa Tracker which lets you monitor Santa's activities and even observe the weather conditions at the North Pole. There's also a whole sleigh full of Christmas games and puzzles while you wait for Santa to slide down the chimney on Christmas Eve.

Ready for your holiday feast? The Santaland website has it covered for holiday meal resources. In Recipes for the Holidays, you'll find links to everything from how to prepare festive favorites like Christmas pudding to how to curve a turkey. If you're brave, you can even bake, assemble, and decorate your very own Gingerbread House. With great holiday food ideas and lots of Santa sightings, this festive site proves that "Yes Virgina, there is a Santa Claus".


About the Writer

Debbie Mazo is a writer and editor based in Vancouver, Canada. She currently specializes in technical and marketing materials, but is also pursuing opportunities in food journalism.




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