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Websites We Love: Official NORAD Santa Tracker

While many military members are on a limited holiday schedule, the folks at NORAD are hard at work, tracking Santa and his eight tiny reindeer.

The tradition began more than 50 years ago when a newspaper advertisement for Sears Roebuck & Co. in Colorado misprinted the telephone number for children to call Santa. The tots dialed the phone expecting the jolly old elf to answer and instead, they reached the CONAD Commander-in-chief’s operations line.

When the staff began receiving calls from children looking for Santa, they played along and began checking the radar to track Santa’s travels so children would know if he was on his way, and that he was safe.

Children can still call in on Christmas Eve to get an update from NORAD’s staff. They can also see Santa in real-time at the website and play games. The site opens a new game every day to count down to Christmas.

And most importantly for parents, on Christmas Eve when your excited kiddos are itching to stay awake, you can show them exactly how close Santa is to arriving. And everyone knows if you’re not snug in bed and asleep when he arrives, Santa won’t stop.

Log in on Christmas Eve and track Santa! Excitement for the kids and everyone in bed on time, without a fight, for you! 

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