OK, last Christmas post for this year. So my daughter and her friend have been asking me all morning "where's Santa?" and "when's Santa going to be here?" After stumbling around for an answer I Googled up the official NORAD Santa Tracker at http://www.noradsanta.org/en/index.html. The NORAD Santa Tracking Service started in 1955, when Sears Roebuck & Co. printed a full-page ad telling kids to call Santa directly -- but they printed the wrong phone number. In an ironic twist, the phone number in the ad turned out to be the direct emergency hotline to the NORAD commander. The NORAD Director of Operations, Colonel Harry Shoup, put his people to the task of answering the incoming phone calls and giving kids status updates on Santa's progress. Apart from the occasional little glitch (last year Toronto somehow became a major U.S. city, for instance), NORAD's Santa-Tracking service has been running relatively smoothly for over 50 years.
More recently NORAD teamed up with Google to bring your kids real-time Web-based Santa-Tracking capability. When we last checked, Santa was somewhere over Nepal (see picture) and headed this way. NORAD also keeps track of how many presents Santa delivers at each stop -- 718 million at last count (pretty impressive in this economy). There are also some nice narrated video clips of some of Santa's major stops. Finally there's also a toll-free number 1 (877) 446-6723 [1 (877) HI NORAD] your kids can call to speak with some of Santa's "helpers".
Happy holidays! Enjoy!