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Track Santa in real-time with NORAD's Santa Tracker website

Track Santa in real-time with NORAD's Santa Tracker website

Sometimes NORAD even catches a glimpse of Santa and the reindeer departing the North Pole.

Once we see the general area Santa is traveling through, we check in with NORAD to see if they have captured any images of Santa and the reindeer moving through these areas on their military cameras and sensors. It can be noted that this is 63-years tradition of NORAD to help children track St. Nick's journey during the Christmas Eve. "Military personnel who conduct NORAD Tracks Santa are supported by approximately 1,500 volunteers who make the program possible each and every year", NORAD tweeted on December 21. NORAD's Santa Tracker began when a SEARS Roebuck & Co.ad included the top secret number to the predecessor to NORAD, the Continental Air Defense Command.

In 1955, at the height of the Cold War, the phone on Colonel Harry Shoup's desk rang. He and his staff spent the night answering calls and telling hundreds of kids where Santa was flying over during the night - starting a tradition.

NORAD is responsible for the aerospace warning, aerospace control and maritime warning missions for the two countries with crews working 24/7 to keep both nations safe.

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Each year, NORAD's Tracks Santa website (can be accessed here) gets almost 9 million unique visitors from more than 200 countries and territories around the world. The research also examines whether a child's trust in adults is threatened by the discovery that Santa isn't real.

NORAD's radar system is installed in more than 47 locations across Canada and Alaska. There's only one thing left to do: track Santa's annual Christmas Eve voyage around the world from your PC, smartphone, or tablet. Today, funded by donations, the elves send personalized letters back to every child, writing as Santa. He will visit the Pacific Islands first and then onto New Zealand, leaving from the South Island.

After he set off from the North Pole earlier this afternoon, we can now chart Santa's whereabouts as he embarks on the busiest day of his year.

But Santa-watchers' hopes seemed to have been dashed last week when the USA government was shut down after both Democrats and Republicans were in deadlock over funding for Donald Trump's planned Mexico border wall.

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