The NORAD Santa Tracker is something that the children of the world can have fun with each and every year, and it provides a great, interactive way for parents to both have fun with them and discretely teach them a little about geography in the process. Using the NORAD Santa Tracker website, which is powered by Google Earth, the kids can follow Santa as he makes his worldwide journey on Christmas Eve as long as you have Google Earth plug-in installed, which is free of charge by the way.
The recent addition of Google Earth to the tracker has really increased popularity in the Santa Tracker for both youngsters and adults alike. Now when parents and their children go online to check out where in the world Santa currently is, we can get amazingly detailed information on his current location, complete with Google Earth’s vivid graphics. One of the things the kids like to do best is chart the distance from Santa’s current location to their own location.
NORAD is of course the joint US and Canadian military center in charge of monitoring and defending North American air space, developed at the onset of the Cold War. For over 50 years now, the military has been tracking Santa Claus on his annual flight in a tradition that dates back to a 1955 Sears department store ad that allowed children to make a phone call to the North Pole.
The technology used to track Santa seems to get better every year, as NORAD is continually updating their methods and delivery systems. This year they have added the ability for cell phone users to allow them to open Google Maps for mobile and do a search for “Santa” to see his latest location on the globe.
Kids can spend the pre-flight days leading up to the annual Christmas flight visiting what’s called Santa’s village. The Santa-tracking website goes live on December 1, as children can go online to watch the clock and get new updates on Santa every day. The village area features attractions and games that kids can play while waiting for the much relished day of Santa’s journey. They also have a video on December 24th to see Santa fly, with the cameras capturing images and videos of Santa Claus and the reindeer as they fly around the world. There are alos student videos to view from around the world, which are available on when the NORAD site goes live before Christmas Eve.
The first update that was posted for Christmas 2010 suggested that nine reindeer have been chosen to make this year’s flight, and that one of them has a bright, shiny red nose and of course answers to the name of Rudolph. Both children and adults alike can get much enjoyment with this delightful idea to track Santa Claus, and it makes for a wonderful interactive experience that kids can really get excited about on Christmas Eve, and for adults it can bring back fond memories and we can have some fun too with the NORAD Santa Tracker! Merry Christmas to all, and to all a goodnight!