It’s almost time, boys and girls. After months and months of anticipation, the biggest holiday in the entire year is almost here! For millions of children around the world, the big day is just a few hours away and according to a top-secret report, Santa Claus is coming to town! CBS News reported on Dec. 24 that Santa has officially left the North Pole to embark on his annual trek around the globe delivering gifts and goodies to children who made the “nice” list.
Back in the day, children used to gather around the radio or family television set to watch or listen to holiday programs. Years ago, Santa’s elves answered phone calls and wrote letters to children. But thanks to advances in technology, children can actually follow Santa’s whereabouts on mobile devices or online in real-time! Ho ho ho – let’s watch Santa Claus go!
The official tracker of the man in the red suit is the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) Santa Tracker. NORAD has been tracking Santa’s Christmas Eve journey since 1955. It all began when an error in a Sears Roebuck & Co. ad told kiddies they could reach Santa by dialing a specific telephone number – which happened to be the predecessor of NORAD. Operators on duty ran with it and the rest, as they say, went down in h-i-s-t-o-r-y.
Tracking Santa Claus is not an easy task. It’s a high-tech matter that utilizes four elaborate systems – NORAD radar, satellites, SantaCams and jet fighters. And just in case you’re wondering what time Kris Kringle will arrive at your house, NORAD only tracks Santa – his actual schedule is top-secret. The NORAD Santa Tracker website also includes many fun-filled activities including games, movies and music. Children will be entertained for hours on this family-friendly website. With more than 1.5 million Facebook fans, over 145, 000 Twitter followers and a popular YouTube Channel, Santa’s social media “presents” is huge!
But NORAD isn’t the only Santa Tracker in town. Google has been following Santa’s journey since 2004 with its popular Google Santa Tracker. Besides offering a slew of entertaining activities in Santa’s Village and an up-to-the-minute countdown clock counting down the minutes until Santa starts his road-trip, children can also tune into Google Maps to watch Santa’s trek as he travels across the globe.
And once again, a security and navigation service is collaborating with the folks at NORAD. Beginning at 7:00 a.m EST. on Christmas Eve Day until 5:00 a.m. on Dec. 25, the OnStar Santa Tracking Service will provide Santa information to curious youngsters with a push of a button. Subscribers can simply push the blue OnStar button in your vehicle and the kids can ask for a “Santa Update.” You can also call (877) 446-6723 or visit Noradsanta.org to check Santa’s progress, too.
WeatherWatch is also offering a Santa tracking service this year as well. Today, children of all ages can follow Santa’s whereabouts live on Dec. 24 with the free Santa Trackers listed above!