NORAD is once again keeping its sights on Santa Claus and his reindeer for Christmas 2013, tracking old St. Nick as he makes his way from the North Pole on his long journey to deliver toys to the homes of boys and girls around the world.
Not only is NORAD using its ultra-advanced technology to keep track of Kris Kringle, it is also keeping eager followers who want to know his whereabouts updated through the use of social media like Google+, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.
Father Christmas' flight across the sky can even be tracked from a cell phone using Google Maps for mobile by doing a search for "Santa" to find out exactly where he is.
Also found on the NORAD site are Santa’s Village, a number of Christmas-themed games, movies or YouTube videos made by NORAD regarding Santa, Christmas music, a library containing information about St. Nick, and insight into NORAD’s headquarters.
To talk to a live person regarding Santa Claus' journey, call the NORAD trackers at (877) HI - NORAD or (877) 446-6723. The center opens at 6:00 a.m. ET on December 24, 2013, and stays open until December 25.
In addition, emails can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with inquiries about Kris Kringle and his whereabouts.
According to the NORAD site, Santa is tracked using radar, satellites, Santa Cams, and fighter jets.
NORAD began the tradition of tracking Santa in 1955, after a Sears Roebuck & Co. advertisement misprinted a phone number for children to call Santa. The number actually belonged to the CONAD Commander-in-Chief’s operations hotline. Following the number debacle, Colonel Harry Shoup, the Director of Operations at the time, had his staff check radar to follow Santa’s journey from the North Pole around the world so children could be properly updated on St. Nick's whereabouts every step of the way, according to the NORAD website.