Santa Tracking Goes High Tech

December 22, 2011, By George Lang

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) displays a wonderful sense of fantasy each Christmas with its Santa Tracker service. Each year, the keeper of freedom’s air security has brought the wonder of the ritual to children all over the world by tracking and then broadcasting Santa’s yearly Christmas Eve ride to our TV sets. This year, the technology goes high-tech.

Children can follow Santa’s progress on their computer by clicking here on Christmas Eve. Or, for even more fun and excitement, you can use Google Earth to keep track of the little fat man with the white beard and his famous reindeer. The fun is also available to iOS-driven smartphones (i.e., phones using the Apple-based operating system), both in standard resolution and in high definition. Santa Tracker activities are also available for the first time on Google+, and on social media sites Facebook and Twitter.

On the social sites, the kids will be able to share stories, games, and photos leading up to the big day. And on Christmas Eve, even the most skeptical will find it hard to ignore Santa’s latest location. Parents be forewarned, once the activities get going, it is very addicting!

NORAD has been providing this public service since 1955 – during the middle of the tense Cold War with the Soviet Union. They must be commended for their tremendous sense of holiday spirit and for acknowledging the importance of stimulating a child’s sense of wonder and amusement.

To all our readers: Please, have a safe and happy holiday season! We leave you with Mashable’s attractive take on the entire NORAD experience!

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