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NORAD Santa Claus Tracker Website Up And Running (Video)

2014 NORAD Tracks Santa Trailer

Santa Claus won't start his journey around the globe for at least another three weeks. But NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) has its Santa Tracker website up and running - with lots of games, music, and movies to keep the kiddos busy until the big day arrives.

The website is for Santa fans the world over. It's available in eight languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Chinese.

New this year on the website is North Pole Village. It is there that Santa introduces his newest reindeer, and asks visitors to the website to help name him.

As Home Post previously reported, NORAD has been tracking Santa Claus since the 1950s:

It all started in 1955, when a local media advertisement directed children to call Santa direct – but the number was misprinted. Instead of reaching Santa, the phone rang through to the crew commander on duty at the Continental Air Defense Command Operations Center.

NORAD has carried the tradition on since the command was created in 1958.

Santa tracking is still available by phone - with smart phone apps made by Apple, the Windows Store, and Google Play:

Tracking opportunities are also offered on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Google+

And there's always using a telephone the old-fashioned way, by dialing 1-877-Hi-NORAD.

It's estimated NORAD's volunteers will get visits from 20 million Internet users, and 100,000 phone calls on Christmas Eve.

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