Christmas Eve is coming soon, so go through different ways given here for your little ones to track Santa on NORAD and to check out his progress.
A family friendly program – NORAD Tracks Santa, has been in existence since 1955, and created by the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) in order to amuse millions of kids again this Christmas Eve with second-by-second updates on Santa’s worldwide locations using military sensors and technology. This annual Christmas-themed entertainment program purports to follow Santa Claus, as he departs the North Pole and gives gifts to kids across the world. This year, there are even more ways that you and your little ones can track for Santa’s progress like on social media – Facebook or Twitter, with apps, Google maps, on mobile phones and tablets, by email and phone or directly on the NORAD Santa website (www.noradsanta.org). Every year on Dec. 1, the NORAD Tracks Santa website goes live with videos, music, games, etc.
The program started on December 24, 1955, when Sears’s department store placed an advertisement in a Colorado Springs newspaper, stating kids that they can call Santa on a special “hotline” number, but the telephone number printed was incorrect and calls reached to Colorado Springs’ Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) Center. Colonel Harry Shoup (Director of Operations at that time) received the first “Santa” call and had his staff view radar data to observe if there was any signal of Santa making his way South from the North Pole. In reality, there were indications of Santa, and kids who called in were provided an update on Santa’s location. Hence, the tradition was born which continued when the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) replaced CONAD in 1958.
Different ways to track Santa on NORAD
If you visit the NORAD Tracks Santa website from mid-January to November 30, then you will be greeted with a message to come back on December 1 to “track Santa with NORAD”. In the Christmas month, i.e. December, you find a NORAD Tracks Santa website with all the features accessible. The site has always been a wonderful experience for kids, however now it integrates touch and new modern web standards such as HTML 5. Every year the website receives almost 9 million unique visitors from over 200 countries and territories across the globe, while the volunteers get over 12,000 e-mails and over 70,000 calls to the NORAD Tracks Santa hotline from children all over the world. These contacts mostly take place during the 24 hours from 2 a.m. on December 24 until 3 a.m. MST on December 25.
On Christmas Eve, the website’s videos page is updated usually every hour, when it is midnight in a diverse time zone, and the “Santa Cam” videos display CGI images of Santa Claus flying over well-known attractions. Since last few years, the places and landmarks shown in some of the “Santa Cam” videos have been changed. Moreover the site has added a touch-enabled 3D globe that will light up when Santa begins at the night, also users can spin the globe with their fingers or zoom in to get a closer look at the stops by using an updated browser. As well, it uses Bing Maps to plot Santa’s target spots all through the night. Skype capability is added to the site and apps, thus kids can call for free of charge to NORAD’s volunteers staffed on Christmas Eve that allow you check in on Santa’s status. To know the history of Santa, go to the Library section.
Google Santa Tracker
Google has released its own Santa tracker, which is similar to the NORAD one, as it can be also followed online or with the Google Santa Tracker app. Using online version of Google Santa Tracker, take a look at the countdown of sorts, with a new mini-game daily. The app simply presents a mini-game every other day and displays a nonstop countdown until Santa takes off.
Track Santa using mobile apps
When Santa actually takes off on Christmas Eve, the mobile version is really most useful. Here, view the day’s countdown to Santa’s flight, track Santa’s progress on December 24, play “Thin Ice” to assist Santa’s elves deliver presents, and read about NORAD and its mission. The mobile apps for Android are the official ones from NORAD.
WeatherWatch and OnStar Santa Tracking Service
This year,WeatherWatch is also providing a Santa tracking service. As well, the OnStar Santa Tracking Service will give Santa details to curious youngsters with a single click. It starts at 7:00 am. EST on Christmas Eve Day until 5:00 am. EST on Dec. 25, 2013. Anyone in the U.S. and, for the first time in Mexico with an active OnStar subscription can hit their blue OnStar button and request a “Santa Update”, then the advisor will show Santa’s current place by means of Santa’s Official Route information given by NORAD. Those people, who don’t have an OnStar subscription, can track Santa by calling the NORAD Tracks Santa hotline – 877 HI-NORAD (877 446-6723) or accessing www.noradsanta.org.
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