Apps let you talk to, track Santa this Christmas

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(NBC NEWS) Standing in line to talk with Santa Claus is a long-standing tradition, but now there's a way to have your child visit Saint Nick without having to battle stuff like parking and crowds.

Santa Video Call and Tracker is the go-to app for many when it comes to connecting with the big man before Christmas.

With the help of parents, info about kids is put into the app and Santa "knows" about them when engaged in a video call, which can be recorded and shared.

There's also an option of calling Santa even when he's on his sleigh.

When Christmas Eve arrives, the app allows for tracking of Santa's travels, too. The app is $4.99 for iOS and Android. You can download it here.

Video Call Santa is a free app that offers a ton of options for creating a personalized call from him.

Parents input a child's name, choose from one of the available scripts, and indicate the type of call — naughty, nice, and so on.

Parents can choose to have the calls take place immediately or schedule them.

Video chats are recorded so parents can access later or even share with others.

The app is available for iOS and Android. You can download it here.

Call Santa is a great tool for parents to use for encouraging and rewarding good behavior.

The app allows parents to read scripts in advance with pauses that allow for them to talk and appear to be having a conversation with Santa.

Scripts touch on responsibilities like homework, brushing teeth and going to bed on time, just to name a few. The app is less than $1 for iOS and Android. You can download it here.