How to Create a Santa Alert For Your Kids

We all know that Santa visits every year, and on Christmas morning the empty plate of cookies and a note from the big guy himself makes it all the more special.

Now, your Alarm.com security system can add an extra touch of magic with a custom smartphone alert confirming that Santa’s  visited. It’s easy to set up.  Here’s what to do.

1: Designate a Chimney Sensor

On Christmas Eve, log into Alarm.com and click into the Sensors card on your homepage.

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Pick a contact sensor that’s easy for you to activate. In this example, we’ll use the back door.

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Click the sensor name and rename it “Chimney”. Don’t have a chimney? “Santa Sensor” will do.

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2: Set up a notification

Go to your Notifications tab, then click New Notification.

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Under the Standard tab in the pop-up box, you’ll see a Sensor Activity option. Click on it.

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Check the Chimney box, then add yourself as a recipient and save the notification.

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3: Santa’s here…

Before you go to bed on Christmas Eve, open the back door. The contact sensor will trigger a timestamped smartphone alert, reporting that the chimney sensor was activated. Now go to bed quickly, before the real Santa comes.

4: Amaze the kids!

When your children wake you at 5.30 on Christmas morning, show them the alert and watch their faces light up. Merry Christmas!

Blog Courtesy of Alarm.com Dec 21 2015

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