Have a great Christmas, from everyone at Technology Bloggers 🙂
Today is Christmas Eve, which means that billions of people around the world will be celebrating Christmas tomorrow. Different people of different cultures celebrate Christmas in different ways; some celebrate today, many tomorrow, and others over a twelve day period.
If you live in the Britain, France, the USA, Russia, Germany, Canada, Australia, or a (big) handful of other countries around the world, then you are probably familiar with the character of Santa Clause, or Father Christmas.
Christindl, Pere Noel, Santa Claus, Father Christmas, Saint Nicholas or whatever you call him, is a man who lives at the North Pole and sets out to deliver presents to good children across the world on Christmas Eve.
Good children will go to sleep on Christmas Eve and in the morning awake to find their stocking full and presents underneath the Christmas tree, courtesy of Santa. In return Santa asks only that children are good, and he uses information that robins relay to him to decide whether a child should go on the naughty list, or the nice list – he checks each list twice, just to be sure!
This year, why not track Santa on his journey around the world with NORAD? Every year, the US military undergo a massive operation involving countless jets, radars and satellites to follow Santa on his journey, for the benefit of children everywhere, and to make sure that he doesn’t run into any difficulties.
From December the 24th every year, you can track Santa thanks to NORAD. You can follow his route, watch videos as he completes parts of his journey, and learn about the different places he visits. As I write this Santa is over New Zealand, and has just visited Christchurch.
What are you waiting for? Track Santa now!
Remember this Christmas Eve to put the fire out before you go to bed, and to leave some milk/bear and a mince pie out for Santa, and maybe some sprouts or a carrot for the reindeer.
Merry Christmas all 🙂
Navigation systems manufacturer TomTom has just launched a Christmas campaign entitled ‘TomTom Gives you More’. Most advertising campaigns usually have a flashy advertisement which costs a large chunk of the budget, but this year, TomTom are taking a different approach.
If you live in the UK, you may know that food retailer Waitrose has decided that instead of spending tens of thousands on a Christmas advert this year, they are going to have a simple, cheaper ad and donate more funds (funds from the advertising budget) to charity.
TomTom are doing something similar to this, they haven’t blown the entire marketing budget on advertising, so are spending the remainder of the funds on prizes!
Don’t believe me? Check out their attempt at making a viral online ad – with their very limited budget!
Despite the limited budget, I really like the video. That said I am not sure that mashing together some of the greatest YouTube virals will make a new one… I guess we will have to wait and see!
I suppose you could say that TomTom are taking the role of Santa’s helper this Chrismas, giving everyone the chance to win some extra Christmas presents!
The ultimate prize is six unforgettable driving adventure experiences for four people. The locations of the driving experiences are: Ruta 40 (Argentina); the Garden Route (South Africa); the Grand Alpine Tour (Europe); the Malaysian Roundabout; the Australian Coastal Route; and the Pacific Coastal Highway (California).
The routes all sound amazing, and I know from personal experience that the Garden Route in South Africa is the trip of a lifetime! I went last summer and was taken aback by the amazing scenery and diverse wildlife. I really loved my time in South Africa, it was a great experience.
There are also thousands of other prizes to be won, including navigation smartphone apps, Nike sports watches, gift vouchers, and state of the art TomTom sat navs.
So, how do you go about winning your extra Christmas presents? Well, if you go to TomTom’s website you can visit the competition page, where you get the chance to ‘unwrap’ a continent from the world map, which is festively ‘wrapped up’.
Once you have unwrapped a continent, you can upload a file, telling TomTom why you should win! The file could be a video, a song, short story, poem or anything else you feel you could do to persuade TomTom you should win! If your entry is judged as original and fun, you could win one of the trips on offer!
The competition runs until the 15th of January 2013, so you have plenty of time to enter and be in with a chance of winning 🙂
If you decide to enter and play the TomTom Christmas game, you can get extra coins (in the game) if you enter this code: Bloggers_TomTom which is unique to Technology Bloggers!