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24 December 2019 18:55

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Here's how you can 'film' Santa's reindeer in your home on Christmas Eve

The magic of Christmas could be coming to your living room as an app showing Santa's reindeer stopping off at your house returns. McDonald's has revived their Reindeer Ready Live, a free digital tool for parents to capture footage of Santa's reindeers as they stop off at the house on Christmas Eve. It creates video of the reindeer enjoying carrots in their home so parents and grandparents can show their children on Christmas morning. Share with the family in the morning to make Christmas morning even more special watching the reindeer eating the treats you left out for them. The weather tonight for Christmas Eve looks like great flying weather for Santa Claus, and the state's Department of Agriculture says the reindeer look good to go as well. "Everybody just rest assured that the reindeer are good to go," Secretary Russell Redding said.

The reindeer are in good health. Everybody will get their delivery on Christmas Eve." Redding spoke last week in Hershey in front of Santa's nine reindeer, who are housed at the Hersheypark Christmas Candylane. After making deliveries tonight, the reindeer will return to the park where they will stay through the end of the year. Mashal, two, and six-year-old Alishba Shehzad met Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer at Brookswood Night of Lights on Friday evening. The recent editorial which stated some people think we should get rid of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer has a valid point to make.

I did have an uncle once who had a red nose but that was from drinking. While kids will eventually figure out that Santa Claus was merely a figment of a PR campaign done for a soft drink company, those now enlightened kids will grow up and keep Rudolph to push excessive consumerism at Christmas on their own kids. Christmas itself originated under false premises as it was a pagan celebration culturally misappropriated by the church from the Romans and other ancient cultures who celebrated the birth of their gods and the arrival of the Winter Solstice on that date. While I'm sorry to say there is no Santa Claus, I am grateful that Christmas/pagan pudding with rum sauce is very much real, at least, and I thank Odin for that. Everyone has a roster of Christmas movies and specials that are considered to be requisite viewing every holiday season.

For my family, it was Christmas Vacation, A Christmas Carol, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown—the last of which is far and away my favorite Christmas special about a kid who is mercilessly bullied over his taste in Christmas trees. Additionally, we also made sure to watch a slew of Rankin/Bass holiday specials. For the uninitiated, Rankin/Bass Productions was a company that specialized in stop-motion animation throughout the 60s and 70s. They're best known for their holiday specials like Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer and Santa Claus Is Coming to Town. While Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer is the company's gold standard, my favorite special in the Rankin/Bass repertoire was always The Year Without a Santa Claus.

It's a simple idea and I like to imagine that in a meeting it was pitched as such: "What if we did a special about a year without a Santa Claus." "Great idea, McClusky. What do you think we should call it?" "Uh… The Year Without A Santa Claus?" "Works for me. As the title implies, the special is about Santa Claus falling ill and nearly being unable to perform his Santa-ly duties due to a cold. The man works one day a year and wants to phone it in because his nose is running. On top of his mild cold, Santa acts a lot like a nihilistic teenager. The story is pretty thin, and even if you haven't seen it before, you can probably infer that it ends with Santa triumphantly overcoming his illness and delivering presents. What continues to make it entertaining even after having seen it probably two dozen times are the numerous plot holes and examples of lazy or uncreative writing that can be seen throughout the entire special. One of the main settings is a town in the southern United States where people no longer believe in Santa because it doesn't snow. The reason is the Heat Miser controls the weather and won't let his brother, Snow Miser, introduce his brand of cold weather to the people of Southtown. It's like if Noel and Liam Gallagher could control the weather. So let's recap: Santa is sick and having self-esteem issues. Two elves, Jingle and Jangle (why think of two names when you can think of one and just switch a vowel?) visit Southtown to find out why the folks there no longer believe in Santa Claus. Instead of buying tickets on Spirit Airlines from the North Pole to Southtown with the company cards, the two elves decide to travel by reindeer and drag Vixen along with them. Despite the fact that the two are wandering around town in elven garb, Jingle and Jangle decide the biggest threat to having their cover blown is someone seeing Vixen. However, instead of doing something that would make sense—like hiding the reindeer behind a bush, or stealing the license plate off of someone else's reindeer— they decide to disguise Vixen as a dog by putting two socks over the reindeer's ears. It's a ridiculous idea, yet the town Dog Catcher — a man whose entire professional life revolves around identifying and catching one species of animal — falls for it. Shouldn't some questions have been raised over the fact that this particular dog had hooves? You might want to take a closer look at that last dog. Being incognito seems to be a central theme of The Year Without A Santa Claus. When someone asks if he's Santa Claus, he denies it by insisting he's simply "Claus" and successfully bets the uncultured denizens of Southtown will take him at his word and assume that's how people dress in Germany. Then the townspeople would be like, "That's not Santa Claus, that's Gary" and I'd have no objections. Am I wasting my time digging into the minutiae of a Christmas special from 1974 geared toward children? Maybe, but that's precisely what makes me watch it again and again. But that's not going to stop me from watching it again next year. When you're a child, there's nothing quite like the excitement of Santa Claus arriving at Christmas time. And on the morning of Christmas, seeing signs of his arrival really brings the festive spirit to the entire day. And thanks to technology, there's more ways to enjoy the extra special visit - including Rudolph and the reindeer. The Reindeer Ready app has once again returned, ensuring the added sprinkle of Christmas magic is there for the entire family to enjoy. Click 'Get Started' and then 'I'm Ready.' Next, you can either choose a photo from your camera roll or take one at the exact spot in your house where you want the reindeer to appear. You can also choose how you want to position the animal in the room by using the 'flip the reindeer' option. We can't wait to see the creations on social media on Christmas day!