Tracking Santa Online Is the Best Proof That He Exists

santa trackerUntil about age 7 or so, I believed in Santa Claus. Really believed in him. And there was no reason for me not to. My parents and relatives told me he existed; he clearly ate whatever sugary treats I left out for him; and there was no Internet to tell me otherwise. Fast-forward to nine million years later, that's so not the case.

Despite its notoriety for being a perpetual rumor-spreader, the Internet is the ultimate naysayer. Google "Does Santa Claus exist?" The results are depressing to say the least; the most unsettling being the concluding sentence to a bizarrely long, bizarrely in-depth dissertation on why he does not: "In conclusion: If Santa ever DID deliver presents on Christmas Eve, he's dead now." Wow.

So, it's probably best to keep youngsters who still possess a child-like sense of wonder off the keyboard come holiday time. Unless they're tracking St. Nick's whereabouts via Google's adorable Santa Tracker. Then, by all means, click-clack away, little kiddies.


Yesterday, on their blog, Google announced that their North American Aerospace Defense Control (NORAD) Santa Tracker was starting. In 2007, NORAD hooked up with Google in order to enable families across the globe to track Santa Claus, or Father Christmas, as he's known in some parts. Users can follow Mr. Claus in real-time on Google Maps and in 3D on Google Earth. And on December 24 at 2:00 a.m. EST, everyone will be able to witness the Big Guy accomplish the impossible. If you didn't check out last year's, you should, as it's really something to see. Even for non-believers.

So, now we all have yet another thing to be thankful for this holiday season: Google. And the North American Aerospace Defense Control. If it weren't for these guys and their fun-loving ho-ho-ho spirit, parents would pretty much have to lock up their computers for the month of December. And nobody wants to do that.

Check out Santa's ride last year:

Do you get nervous about your kids finding out about Santa because of the Internet?


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