Jul 30, 2014

Track Santa's Journey with NORAD

When will Santa come to Arlington? The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) will track Santa Claus around the world on his Christmas journey.

Track Santa's Journey with NORAD

They sent him their wish lists, sat on his lap and left cookies and milk for his arrival. Now the only thing left for children to do is track Santa's progress as he delivers gifts around the world on Christmas Eve.

Thanks to the folks at the  North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, families can follow Santa's Christmas journey in real time.

The tradition started in 1955 after an advertisement for Sears Roebuck & Co. misprinted a telephone number for a special "Santa hotline." Instead of reaching Kris Kringle, the number put kids through to the Continental Air Defense Command commander-in-chief’s operations, according to a description on the  NORAD Tracks Santa Facebook page, which has more than 1 million likes.

In addition to keeping tabs on Santa's whereabouts, there is plenty to do on  NORAD's Santa-tracking site. Check out  Kids' Countdown Village, which has more than two dozen games for children to play.

Not near a computer today? NORAD's Santa Tracker is mobile, too. Download the Android or iPhone app and let your kids track Santa from your phone.

Looking for additional ways to track Santa? Follow NORAD on  Facebook and  Twitter.

Merry Christmas and have fun!

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