Keep tabs on Santa tomorrow: NORAD Santa Tracker

Santa's a pretty busy guy all year but especially so on Christmas eve, when he has to deliver all his presents to those of us who were able to scrub the Interwebs of all the nasty and embarassing things we did all year long good.

Once again, NORAD will be keeping us up to date on Santa's progress with their Santa Tracker. Did you know that they have been doing so for almost 50 years? Ever since that friendly fire incident back in the 40s... - just kidding :)

Actually, here's how it really started:

The tradition began in 1955 after a Colorado Springs-based Sears Roebuck & Co. advertisement for children to call Santa misprinted the telephone number. Instead of reaching Santa, the phone number put kids through to the CONAD Commander-in-Chief’s operations "hotline." The Director of Operations at the time, Colonel Harry Shoup, had his staff check the radar for indications of Santa making his way south from the North Pole. Children who called were given updates on his location, and a tradition was born.

Isn't that kewl?!

Things have changed and now NORAD uses Google Maps and a website to provide updates. You can follow along at You can check his progress during the 24th and then use the site to verify what time he came to your house after the fact.

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