I’m pretty sure that I’m not alone in saying that this is by far my favorite time of year! Christmas is coming, a New Year is around the bend, letting me not worry about how much weight I gained over Thanksgiving, and we all get TWO WEEKS OFF FROM SCHOOL! YAY!!!

Well, to help you out with the holiday cheer, the iCafe team wanted to share some of our favorite festive tech-y treats that may help you be a bit more jolly!

Digital Ginger Bread House

One of my favorite things to do around this time of year was creating a ginger bread house with my grandma! It was always so much fun…and I got to eat lots of candy! Sadly, I probably won’t get to see grandma this year, but that doesn’t mean I can’t make a ginger bread house! Thanks to Highlights Kids, you and your favorite little kiddo can sit next to the warm glow of your computer screen and build your very own digital ginger bread house, complete with candy pieces, “stuff”, and icing! When you are done, print it out and save it for much longer than you could save the real thing! …I just wouldn’t recommend eating this one…

Highlights Kids Build Your Own Ginger Bread House

Highlights Kids Build Your Own Ginger Bread House

A Message from Santa

Want to make a little boy or girl the happiest little kid on earth? Have Santa send them a personalized video message!

The folks at Portable North Pole allow you to do just that and it takes just a few minutes to set up the message. A video is then created where Santa talks to your kiddo, calls them by name, and let’s them know if they have made it on to the “NICE” list! This is a super fun thing to do for your kids…my daughter is still talking about her message from Santa!

Portable North Pole

Portable North Pole

Keeping Tabs on Santa

Are you ready for Christmas Eve? Wonder if Santa is on his way? Thanks to the folks at NORAD, we can keep tabs on where Santa is all Christmas Eve through noradsanta.org. This is a lot of fun to sit down with kiddos and talk about where he is, discuss what Christmas is like around the world…and also make sure they get to bed on time, because he’s on the way!

This year, NORAD Santa even has an app for your iPhone and Android devices, so you can keep tabs on Jolly Ole’ Saint Nick even if you happen to be traveling!


From the bottom of each of our hearts, we would like to say thank you from the iCafe team! We are honored to be able to work with all of the wonderful teachers in LCISD and around the globe! We hope you have an incredibly relaxing break and look forward to working with you again in 2012! Happy Holidays!

…and don’t forget to elf yourself