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NORAD Santa tracker 2013: Where is Santa right now on Christmas Eve night?

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Since the 1950s, NORAD has been tracking Santa Claus and answering that question that is first and foremost on the minds of children: Where is Santa? When will he be at my house? How will he get in since I don't have a chimney?

As of 8:10 p.m. Eastern Time, Santa Claus was in Northern Africa, NORAD Santa Tracker reported on Christmas Eve night.

Santa started his Christmas Eve ride in the South Pacific, including the countries of New Zealand and Australia. He has already finished distributing toys to good boys and girls in Europe and pretty soon he will be in North America, giving away toys to children in Canada, the USA, and Mexico.

But if you are tracking Santa online, there is one very important detail that you must never forget. Santa does not visit homes if children are not in their beds, so don't stay up late tracking Santa.

And the Examiner.com often gets asked the chimney question. Don't worry, Santa has many other ways to get in your home besides a chimney. But the important thing is to remember to not stay up too late.

NORAD Santa Tracker 2013 is getting better and better each year. Designers at Microsoft helped create some of the technology that allows you to track Santa with pinpoint precision.

Santa is said to like being tracked because Mrs Claus uses it herself to keep up on Santa's ride. She worries about him every year even though he makes the journey every year.

Mrs. Claus also uses apps to track Santa. More on the free apps to track Santa on iPhones and other smart phones here.

So enjoy the NORAD Santa tracker and remember, don't stay up too late!

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