I remember watching the news on Christmas Eve as a kid...our local station would give updates throughout the evening as to where Santa was on his route. I would watch with trepidation as he traveled closer and closer to the U.S., wondering how I'd ever get to sleep before he arrived.
It's easier to keep an eye on the big guy these days, since NORAD tracks Santa online. You can see everywhere he's been, where he's headed next, how long before he'll be there, even how many gifts he's delivered already. It's really pretty cool.
I usually wouldn't think to check so early in the day on Christmas Eve, but I did today...and was a little surprised to find that Santa is already on the move. He started at the North Pole (of course!) and then dipped southward to start in Russia.
Which, if you recall, is where Anastasia lives. Maybe still in an orphanage. But since she's already six years old, there's a good chance that she's been transferred to a mental institution by now.
Either way, it's no place for such a beautiful little girl to spend Christmas. And I wonder...does Santa stop wherever she is?
I sure hope so...but there's no way to know for sure.
Would you like to help "be Santa" for this sweet girl? All it takes is a few clicks to donate toward her adoption fund and help a forever family bring her home. Even if you can't donate right now, please say a little prayer for Anastasia - that this will be the last Christmas that she spends without a family of her own.