How to Track Santa's Progress

The Stir Bloggers

baby santaIs your toddler or preschooler asking you to predict exactly when Santa's going to make it to your house? Well, there's a website to help you track Santa's progress as he and his reindeer make their way around the world.

Beginning tomorrow (Christmas Eve), you can go to the website Norad Tracks Santa to get updates on where Santa is. You can even get updates delivered to Twitter, Facebook, or your iPhone.

Norad has been tracking Santa for over 50 years and the story behind how the tradition began is both fun and heartwarming. The tradition began after a local store’s advertisement for kids to call Santa included a misprinted telephone number. Instead of reaching Mr. Kris Kringle, the number put kids through to CONAD (Continental Air Defense Command) - part of the US Air Force tasked with providing air defense of the United States. When the Director of Operations, Colonel Harry Shoup, received the first “Santa” call, he had his staff check radar data to see if there was any indication of Santa making his way south from the North Pole. Indeed, there were signs of Santa, and children who called in were given an update on Santa’s position. Thus, the tradition was born.

Are your kids excited for Santa? Will you be tracking his progress?

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