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NORAD Santa Tracker is now live online

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It's that time of year again, when kids start thinking about Santa. The little ones know they have to be good, for goodness sake. And they know that Santa sees you when you're sleeping, he knows when you're awake. But the older kids might be starting to get a little skeptical - perhaps they've heard from my friends at school that, GASP! Santa might not really be real. Well, bring some of the magic alive this year by tracking Santa live online with the Official Santa Tracker.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) started it’s Christmas countdown last weekend, on the December 1st. But even though you can't track him yet, because obviously he's still working on last minute Christmas preparation at the North Pole, there's still a lot of fun to check out.

The Santa Tracker website has games, interactive activities, holiday music, and stories to read. The homepage features a 3D globe and a countdown to when Santa will take to the skies to begin his flight around the world.

There's even a new Santa Tracker app available in the Windows, Apple and Android stores. How fun will it be to track Santa on his Christmas Eve journey right from your tablet and smartphone?

NORAD has been tracking Santa since Christmas Eve 1955 when an error in a newspaper advertisement listed the phone number for NORAD’s predecessor, CONAD, as Santa’s direct line. Several children called in, and Colonel Harry Shoup, who was on duty that evening, decided to use the command center’s monitoring equipment to track Santa’s journey.

There is some controversy about the Santa Tracker site this year though, as for the first time NORAD has decided to have military fighter jets accompany Santa on his journey, and will include a military intelligence officer helping with a test flight. Some applaud this inclusion of our armed forces, others think it's not appropriate to link Santa and the US military. What are your thoughts?

Leave some comments below - I'd love to hear about your experiences using the Santa tracker site over the years, and your opinions about the new additions of military details this year.

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