Now you can track where Santa Claus is on Christmas. Thanks to NORAD and Google!
Santa Claus, the red clothed, potbellied bundle of joy who fulfills the wishes of millions of kids all over the world, now has the eyes of NORAD on him. Kids wait for the arrival of Santa and put out cookies and milk for Santa as he climbs down the chimney to leave gifts from them.
Back in times, kids had no way to track or find out when Santa will come to their house. But today’s kids have no such problems, thanks to the internet and now tracking satellites providing second to second update on where Santa can be and how much time it will take for Santa to reach their home.
Here is more info on how can you track Santa’s whereabouts on the day of Jesus’s birth.
1 What is the NORAD Santa Tracker?
The NORAD or North American Aerospace Defense Command will track Santa Claus, as he makes his way through from the North Pole to different parts of world delivering gifts to children all over the world.
The Peterson air force base of NORAD in Colorado Springs, Colorado will continue the tradition of tracking Santa across the world, a tradition that began 60 years ago. The base uses its radars, satellites and jets in order to track Saint Nick’s Yuletide journey.
According to them, the first stop of Santa will be the Republic of Kiribati, before moving on to different houses to spread the yuletide joy.
2 How to track Santa via NORAD?
If you want to track Santa yourself, or want to keep an eye on his whereabouts, then you can log into the NORAD website at www.noradsanta.org
When you visit the site, currently it will show a countdown clock that will show the time left for Santa to start its journey. The website has eight languages to choose from and it also has apps that can be downloaded on tablets and cellphones for children to keep tracking Santa Claus on the move.
The NORAD track Santa spokesperson, Stacey Knott, says that users can see where Santa stops along the different locations of the world. He further adds, “Of course, we can’t show every single one of Santa’s stops but we do show a lot of those around the world and every single country.”
The website also adds: “Santa calls the shots. We just track him!”
3 History of NORAD Santa Tracker
The tradition began in 1955 when a silly mistake caused a huge commotion and led to Santa being tracked using radars. A company by the name of Sears roebuck & Co. which was based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, put out an advertisement, which had a misprinted phone number for kids to call Santa.
The misprinted number turned out to be that of CONAD Commander-in- chief’s operation hotline. On receiving multiple calls from children, the Chief Harry Shoup had his staff check radar indications of the Santa’s journey from North Pole.
This information was given to children who called and it began a sweet tradition that is continued till now.
4 Even Google has its own tracker
From 2007-2011, NORAD had partnered with Google for this tradition in mapping Santa’s journey. But for 2012, they chose to partner with Google’s rival Microsoft.
Google, then itself started tracking Santa online. It also shows Santa’s journey from around the world and also places where he has delivered gifts so far. In addition to that, Google’s Santa tracker also has colorful villages, games and interactive applications.
Google has also put out an Android app and a chrome browser extension for people to track their beloved Santa Claus.