NORAD Tracks Santa’s Journey for Kids and Provides Fun Activities While They Wait for His Arrival

The NORAD Santa Tracker is set to mark the occasion of Santa’s 2010 arrival using all the latest tech gadgets – including Twitter, Facebook, Cell Phones and Google Earth – to track the movements of our universal gift bearer as he moves across the face of the planet to bring us our Christmas presents!

With its countdown clock already ticking, preparations for this year are in place for kids of all ages to enjoy watching as Santa’s elves get things rolling at Santa’s Village.

The NORAD Santa website also offers games and other fun stuff, along with updates and ideas for fun this holiday season!

NORAD, which stands for North American Aerospace Defense Command, has been offering the Santa Tracker for over 50 years now, starting in 1955. According to their website, the tradition began after a Sears Roebuck & Co. advertisement offering a telephone number for children to call Santa misprinted the number. Instead of reaching Santa, the phone number put kids through to the CONAD Commander-in-Chief’s operations “hotline.”

The Director of Operations at the time, Colonel Harry Shoup, had his staff check the radar for indications of Santa making his way south from the North Pole. Then children who called were given updates on his location. A tradition was born!

Visit the NORAD Santa Tracker website to keep track of Santa Claus this year!

Below is a video about the NORAD Tracks Santa event from 2009!

NORAD has also provided an audio recording of the famous letter from a child named Virginia wanting to know if there really is a Santa Claus, and the answer she received in response from the newspaper editor.

And, proving there are lots of ways to have fun – besides spending money on gifts – here are some other ways having fun this Christmas while you and your kids wait for Santa.

Go here to check out some of the most beautiful Christmas computer wallpaper we’ve seen for 2010, along with tons of other choices of wallpaper of every kind.

Of course, there are online Christmas games to play, and connect-the-dot printouts for children to color in, and puzzles to complete while they’re waiting for Santa to make his appearance. Go here to get a nice collection of choices!

Go here for some fun and easy activities! Go here for even more ideas, including Christmas cards that can be printed out, and here for coloring pages!

So pull out the cocoa and cookies, gather the kids, and start following Santa on his journey to your house! Merry Christmas!

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