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Santa Tracker 2013: NORAD tracks Santa’s journey around the world, follow live

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Ho, Ho, Ho! If you are still looking for that last minute gift, you had better get a move on! It is officially Christmas Eve in New Zealand, Australia and many parts of the world, and soon it will be here in the US as well. Of course that means Santa will be on his way to deliver gifts to all the good children of the world and with the power of NORAD’s Santa Tracker, children can now follow Santa’s flight step-by-step all around the world.

According to PCmag.com on Dec. 23, the U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) is set to start tracking St. Nick's Christmas travels once again.

NORAD's Santa Tracker site is scheduled to go live at 8 p.m. EST tonight (Dec.23), and stay live right through Santa's journey that spans the globe.

Right now, you can head over to NoradSanta.org to play a number of Santa games, read up on NORAD Santa Tracker facts and watch first hand as the countdown clock ticks towards Christmas.

NORAD has been tracking Santa's journey since 1955 and what all started by an accidental phone call has turned into one of the most magical events of the holiday season.

The program began on December 24, 1955, when a Sears department store placed an advertisement in a Colorado Springs newspaper which told children that they could telephone Santa Claus and included a number for them to call. However, the telephone number printed was incorrect and calls instead came through to Colorado Springs' Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) Center.

Colonel Harry Shoup, who was on duty that night, told his staff to give all children that called in a "current location" for Santa Claus. A tradition began which continued when the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) replaced CONAD in 1958.

What a great thing to come out of an accidental phone call. If you want to get a live update via phone you can call NORAD direct at 1-877-HI-NORAD.

Merry Christmas everyone!

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