Every Christmas, kids leave milk and cookies for Santa, and some even sleep by the fireplace to catch a glimpse of him. This year, are you ready to track Santa’s Christmas Eve flight?
You might not be, but you’re kids are definitely ready.
This Xmas Eve, NORAD has partnered with Google to allow anyone to track Ol’ St. Nick’s whereabouts as he journeys around the world.
“Kids from around the world have a lot of fun tracking Santa,” said Lt. Cmdr. Gary Ross, spokesman for NORAD in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Santa and his reindeers are scheduled to take off from the North Pole at approximately 4:30 a.m. this morning, and his location will appear at NoradSanta.org starting at around 2 a.m. as he prepares to depart.
In addition to tracking Santa on the NORAD, you can also track his flight via Google Earth on Christmas Eve. Kids without web access can also call 877-HINORAD to discover St. Nick’s location as well.
The annual aerial surveillance attracts millions through phone calls, e-mails and the Internet.
NORAD’s holiday tradition can by traced to 1955, when a Colorado Springs newspaper printed a Sears ad telling children of a phone number to talk to Santa. The number was one digit off, and the first child to get through reached the Continental Air Defense Command, NORAD’s predecessor.
NORAD Santa tracker Col. Harry W. Shoup answered and played along, giving birth to a tradition which continues with volunteers to this day.
So, if you’re ready, visit NoradSanta.org to follow Santa’s progress.