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5 Christmas Crimes Santa Claus Commits Every Year

Good Ol’ Santa Claus comes around every year spreading goodness and joy to the world. Children love him for his presents. Parents love him because he gives children a reason to be good all year long. But in order to do his job, Santa Claus must bend the rules a bit. Here are 5 Christmas crimes Santa Claus commits every year.

The world knows Good Ol’ Santa Claus for his infectious holly jolly spirit. He lives up in the North Pole with his wife, Mrs. Claus and his wonderfully helpful elves. He monitors children and knows if they’ve been bad or good. Before he leaves on his yearly tour around the world, he checks his list twice to make sure each child get what they deserve, whether it be toys or coal. Children look forward to his visits every year, leaving him milk and cookies to enjoy.

Despite all the goodness of this man’s holly jolly spirit, could Santa Claus be a convicted criminal? Every single year he gets away with a multitude of heinous crimes without any consequences. Here are five Christmas crimes Santa Claus gets away with that even criminal masterminds can’t pull off.

1. Breaking & Entering”
What would you do to someone who’s quietly sneaking into your home late at night? Well, some people call the police, some grab baseball bats, and others do all of the above. In the United States, breaking and entering is a felony charge that can land a year or more in prison. Yet, Santa Claus is able to sneak into every household in the world without even a slap on the wrist.

Additionally, if Santa Claus will ever face charges for his crimes, the judge can add trespassing to the list as well. Whether he sneaks down a chimney or not, Santa Claus is committing a crime by busting into our homes with the intent of stealing our milk and cookies.

Is there ever a mention of Santa showing his passport at each and every country he visits on Christmas? No, of course not. That’s because Santa Claus doesn’t have a passport.
So every year, Santa Claus gets away with illegally crossing borders and back without a passport. While Santa enjoys global travel, we can’t even get past security without proper paperwork and thorough security checks.
Additionally, Santa gets away with flying without a reindeer, pilot or aircraft license! Not even the smartest criminal masterminds can pull that off.

3. Smuggling
Since Santa Claus is immune to border security, he doesn’t have to worry about what’s in his big Ol’ Red Sack. Whether it be children’s toys or other things, Santa Claus gets away with anything. Only he can get away with smuggling all sorts things into and out of all 196 countries.
But for now, it seems like Santa Claus is using his powers for good. We have yet to hear from parents who claim Santa Claus left anything other than toys and the occasional lump of coal under the Christmas tree.

4. Giving Children Lumps of Coal
Although this may not be a true crime, think about how it might affect children when they find a lump of coal instead of presents. Seriously Santa, they’re children for goodness sakes! A judge might as well accuse Santa Claus of intentional emotional distress.

However, if he’s checking his list twice, does that mean the ‘bad’ children deserve the lump of coal? Maybe. But at least give the children some constructive criticism so they can learn from their mistakes.

5. Invasion of Privacy
He knows when you are sleeping, he knows when you’re awake. When people peer or spy into private lives, it’s a crime. But when this Jolly Ol’ Fellow does it year after year, he gets away with it. In fact, it’s socially acceptable.

While people have baby video monitors, security monitors, and other sorts, Santa Claus holds the ultimate piece of monitoring technology. Until there is a better way of him knowing how well children behave, he will continue to get away with a global invasion of privacy.

Even though Santa Claus may be the best criminal mastermind of all time, he might not be so bad after all. He works hard every year to give presents to all the good boys and girls of the world. After all, everything he does is for the greater good, even if it means bending the rules. So is Ol’ St Nick on the naughty or nice list? You be the judge.

Craft Ideas for Kids Home for the Holidays!

It’s beginning to smell a lot like Christmas, which means kids are home for winter break! Make the most of this time with easy holiday crafts for kids and kids at heart. These project ideas will be sure to let their creativity and imagination flourish. Who knows, you might even get cute new holiday decor in the process! Here are three project ideas to get you started.This year, decorate your Christmas tree with customized, one-of-a-kind ornaments! Create marble ornaments with a few simple materials.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Clear glass or plastic ball ornaments
  • Acrylic paints in all your favorite colors (even the glitters)
  • Egg carton

First, help kids take off the top clip of the ornament. Next, choose 3-4 paint colors. Carefully squeeze small amounts of each color into the ornament so that it runs down the inside walls of the ornament. Make sure to disperse the colors sporadically. Then, rotate the ornament until the paint covers the entire inside of the ornament.

Finally, let the ornaments dry by placing them upside down in an egg carton to remove the extra paint. Drying may take 1-3 days. Once the ornaments are completely dry, replace the clip on the ornament to hang it up. Kids may need adult assistance with this step. Now, you have beautiful one-of-a-kind ornaments to add to your Christmas tree!

This is for marshmallow and candy fanatics of all ages. This project lets kids’ creativity and imagination roam free as they create the perfect Snow Buddy. When they finish, kids may want to put their Snow Buddy into hot chocolate or on a cupcake!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Small and large marshmallows
  • Pretzel sticks
  • Vanilla icing
  • Candy of all shapes, colors, and sizes
  • Licorice laces

To begin, use the pretzel sticks to attach multiple large marshmallows to make the body. Next, use small marshmallows and pretzel sticks to create arms and legs. Then, use icing to stick the candy pieces on the marshmallows for eyes, nose, hats, and mouths. Also, use candy belts to make cozy Snow Buddy scarves and sweaters! Additionally, use licorice laces to create fun hairstyles such as braids and spiky hair!

Candles can be safe for kids too, as long as they’re flameless. This season, let kids create a festive candle holder that you’ll be proud to display. The best part of this project is that it uses 100% worry-free flameless candles.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Holiday colored paints such as white, blue, red, green, silver, and gold
  • Paint brushes
  • Small clear glass candle holders
  • Flameless, battery powered tea light candles
  • Optional: Cotton balls

First, hand each kid a candle holder and different paint colors to use. Next, kids can paint holiday scenes onto the candle holders such as snow and Christmas trees. Encourage creativity, but avoid covering the entire candle holder. Leave some space to let the candlelight shine through.

Optional: Let the paint dry. Then, pull apart cotton balls and fill about 1/3 of the candle holder for “snow.” Bury the candle into the cotton, but do not cover the flame.
Finally, switch the candle on and watch your new holiday candles dazzle!Click here to get the latest on iBaby products and offers!

Find your Baby’s Estimated Due Date and Prepare for What’s Ahead

Calculating your baby’s estimated due date is simple. Just use the start of your last menstrual cycle as your starting point, add 40 weeks to it, and there you have it!

Knowing your baby’s estimated due date can help you plan for your new little one. However, it is important to prepare yourself for the unexpected. It is very rare for a baby to be born on their exact due date.

The journey of parenthood typically begins the moment you find out about your pregnancy either from a doctor or two little lines on a pregnancy test. When this happens, a flurry of questions may come up such as the all time favorite, “When is the baby due,” or even “What do I do now?” Knowing your baby’s estimated due date will help you better prepare for the journey that awaits you.

Parents with multiple children can especially agree that you cannot be one hundred percent prepared for everything that can possibly happen. The important thing is to do what it takes to prepare yourself as much as possible so you’ll have a smooth sailing pregnancy.

Here are a few things to consider during your first month of pregnancy:

  • Double check that you are really pregnant by taking a second or even third pregnancy test
  • Ask your healthcare provider for information on how you can maintain top notch health for you and the development of your baby.
  • Start taking prenatal vitamins
  • Read books, books, and more books on pregnancy
  • Maintain healthy habits and nutrition
  • Take cute belly pictures
  • Quit smoking & drinking
  • Research morning sickness remedies such as ginger or acupressure bands
  • Find resources for potential baby names such as books and websites. Check this out for starters! 
  • Speak with your healthcare provider about any medications you may be taking
  • Drink lots of water! Incase you’re having trouble with this, here are other ways you can stay hydrated. 
  • Learn relaxation techniques to reduce stress

These are just a few items to help you better prepare during your first month of pregnancy. Also, building a strong support system of friends and family will make sure this life changing journey will be full of joy and excitement.

Fun Games for your Next Baby Shower

Baby showers are a time to welcome a new little one into the world. It is a chance for friends and family to shower the expectant parents with gifts to prepare them for their new bundle of joy. The typical baby shower consists of refreshments, mounds of presents, and an exciting gender reveal extravaganza. Most celebrations also have a plethora of fun, whimsical baby shower games to entertain party guests. There are the classics such as baby food taste testing and racing to finish the baby bottle, but here’s a list of some new games for party hosts looking to spice things up a bit.

In this game, guests can create their own baby using Play-Doh or clay. Each guest receives a handful of different colored pieces of Play-Doh. Their goal is to create the cutest baby. This game encourages them to let their imagination roam free. Guests also receive a cupcake or muffin liner place their creations into once they are done. It may be helpful to provide modeling tools such as toothpicks, plastic knives, and pens. After all the guests add the finishing touches to their creation, the parents pick out their favorite baby out of the bunch.

Instead of brand new cars and dream vacations, guests guess the price of a variety of baby products. These products can be anything from baby toys, gadgets, diapers, or toiletries. Each item is auctioned off one by one. After each round, the person who has the closest guess chooses between keeping the item or testing their luck with a mystery prize.

This game involves two or more players. Each participant gets a pile of baby clothes consisting of tops, bottoms, socks, and shoes. The participants put on blindfolds over their heads and spin around a few times. A timer is set for 45 seconds. The participants race to put together as many complete outfits as they can. The game host or host parents announce the winner after they have a count of completed outfits for each participant.

The materials needed for this game are tiny plastic babies, an ice cube tray, and drinks. Game set up happens before the party. Plastic babies are frozen into ice cubes using an ice cube tray and water. Once frozen, an ice cube baby is placed into everybody’s drink. The first person to have their baby completely emerge from the ice cube shouts “It’s a Boy/Girl!” and wins the game.

The best part of these games are they are fun for the whole family to enjoy! iBaby products are your go to gifts for any baby shower! Learn more about iBaby Lab’s award winning baby monitors and other innovative products here.

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