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Google and NORAD Team Up to Track Santa

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Google and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) have teamed up again this year to track Santa as he makes his famous run on Christmas Eve. NORAD has been doing this since 1955, being joined by Google in 2007. This year there are kid games on the tracking web site as well as the usual countdown.

Santa tracking officially begins at 2:00 am EST on December 24. You have a couple of options in the method of tracking. Google Earth and Google Maps are available on your desktop. Google Maps will also track Santa on your phone. Just search for “Santa” whichever method you choose.

Here is the video from last year’s Santa tracking:

From your computer, go to www.noradsanta.org to start tracking. From your mobile browser, you can go to m.noradsanta.org. The site’s content changes daily to keep your kids entertained as they wait for the big day. My kids are pretty excited from all the contact they’ve received from Santa, so tracking him will really make their day. Hopefully your kids will have as much fun as mine waiting for Santa this year – at least until they have to go to bed.

Google Tracks Santa

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

Of all the ways my wife and I have tried to keep our three-year-old in line this holiday season, Google comes up the winner. Readers of this blog will hardly be surprised that I am happy with Google. What they did this time however was to track Santa Claus around the world. For those who haven’t seen the news reports and other blogs talking about it, click here to see where Santa is right now.

At the time of this writing Santa is approaching the south end of South America, a sure sign that he will soon be in Southern California. A number of other sites have done a similar tracking this year, including a couple iPhone apps. The Google one seems to have gotten the most attention. I have been tracking Santa since this morning when he left Russia for Kyrgyzstan. Like I mentioned before, this has been a wonderful tool for helping my son get along with his baby brother, listen to his Mommy and Daddy, and get into a general holiday spirit. Not that this can replace good old fashioned parenting, but a little help from Google was certainly appreciated this time around.

If Santa has already visited you, hopefully you got everything you wanted. If he has yet to come, good luck. Merry Christmas everyone.