Where's Santa now?If Santa were allowed to join Facebook, he could give us real-time check-ins and status updates on Christmas Eve to tell us where he is on the map. If he just brought his cell phone along for the sleigh ride, tracking would be made simple.
Since Facebook won't let that happen, here's the next best thing that is sure to get your kids excited: the perfect Santa tracking app brought to you by NORAD.
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It's So Official, Even Non-Believers Will Wonder
Based in my home state of Colorado, NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) is a joint organization of the United States and Canada that provides aerospace warning, air sovereignty, and defense for North America. Besides protecting us every day, it's got another very important job -- to track Santa. Norad has been tracking Santa for over 50 years -- when the tradition began in 1955.
NORAD uses four official high-tech systems to track Santa - radar, satellites, Santa Cams and fighter jets. Yes, fighter jets, including F-15, F-16 and F-22's that get to fly alongside Santa, Blitzen, Comet, Rudolph, and the whole team, of course.
Website and Free App: How to Prepare Now
Click the link here for the Norad Website: Santa Tracker Website. You can start getting your kids excited right now with the countdown clock and other fun activities on the website.
Then, on your phone, search "Norad Santa" in your app market. If your kids are old enough to type or find letters, let them search for it. Guide them to download it and be sure to remind them of Internet safety tips, such as they can't just download any app without your approval.
You'll be surprised when you see the magic of this Santa-tracking experience unfold. Another suggestion -- add a globe to the presents Santa leaves for Christmas Day to help reinforce the amazing world geography lesson from the night before! Hand-write an official note from Santa, saying "Thanks for the cookies -- and for watching my sleigh flight last night!"