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Santa tracker 2013: Track Santa Claus LIVE with NORAD, Google Santa trackers

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UPDATE: It is just a few hours away from Christmas Even in the South Pacific, where Santa will make his first visits. In fact, NORAD Santa Tracker 2013 reported that as of early Monday morning, the space agency will begin tracking Santa Claus in less than 24 hours.

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Where is Santa right now?

According to NORAD, Santa Claus's elves are packing up his sleigh in the North Pole. The reindeer, including Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer, are conserving their energy and resting for their big ride. Santa is also resting up.

Related story: NORAD Santa tracker 2013: Apps can help you find out where Santa is now

For more information on how to track Santa through Google maps, click here.

How can I track Santa online?

The official NORAD tracking site is here. It began operations for 2013 on Dec. 1.

The last time Santa took flight was, of course, on Christmas 2012. His last stop was Hawaii.

Every year, Santa begins his journey in South Pacific Islands, first the Republic of Kiribati, then he delivered toys to boys and girls in New Zealand and Australia.

Click here for a previous story that documents Santa's 2012 Christmas visit.

The photo on the top left shows the NORAD command center as it tracks Santa. Of course, Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, is when the Santa track springs into full operational mode. The video in this link shows Santa as he flew over Washington, D. C. last year.

History of NORAD Santa tracker

The tradition of NORA tracking Santa goes back over 50 years.

When the tradition began in 1955, NORAD was called the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD).

It began when a Sears advertisement misprinted a Santa hotline telephone number. Children got CONAD instead of Santa. A commander, Colonel Harry Shoup, had his staff spring into service to figure out where Santa was so they could pass along the information to the kids.

Since 1958, the US and Canada combined defense forces to form an agency called the North America Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) which took over the Santa tracking job.

Volunteers also staff the center, as you can see in the video below, to respond to phone calls and e-mails from kids. But if you really want to know what’s going on with Santa, all you need is a computer. Thanks to the Internet now, you can track him yourself online through NORAD's site.

To watch Santa live on NORAD's official site in English click here. It is in seven languages, English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Japanese and Chinese. To view NORAD's main menu with a choice of those other languages, click here.

But remember, the 2013 NORAD Santa tracker begins in less than 20 hours, when the South Pacific first celebrates Christmas Eve.

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