NORAD Lets You See Just When Santa Is Flying over Japan

Do you believe in Santa Claus? In case you don’t, this website may convince you he really does exist.

Not only can you track the bearded man’s whereabouts on the planet, but you can also count down to his arrival, which is a mere matter of hours away now. NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) is continuing its now 60-year-old tradition of tracking Santa before he climbs down the chimney to deliver presents. Did you know NORAD Santa was established in 1955 over a phone line? Although it’s a tad more high-tech nowadays with additional fun, the story remains the same.

Some added features on the website allows you to learn a bit more about his history: although his home country isn’t specified, you can learn that he spreads his Christmas cheer in exactly 24 hours, even though the distribution lists gets a bit longer each year. The site also has a corner to explore the North Pole, and a few fun games for young (and not so young) viewers.

Extra links point to different activity websites to keep yourself occupied this holiday, and there’s even a section tackling Christmas traditions around the world. We were surprised to find no mention of fried chicken or Christmas cake in the Japan entry…

It could be a fun way to share the Christmas tradition with the whole family, or to simply take a trip down memory lane.

Official Santa Tracker

More information: www.noradsanta.org/?village=movies

If you’re on a mobile device, there are NORAD Santa apps available for good girls and boys, and you can also join the Santa NORAD tracker on Facebook.

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