Santa can fly thanks to magical reindeer, but he can’t hide! Not from the technologically-savvy North American Aerospace Defense (NORAD) anyway.
Since 1955, NORAD’s been using their tracking skills to alert the world to Santa’s whereabouts on Christmas Eve – something many children undoubtedly look forward to every year.
Aside from being a Santa-tracking extraordinaire, NORAD is also in charge of aerospace warning, tracking, and defense for Canada and America. I’d say this means we can all rest assured that their Santa-tracking skills are legit.
This year, however, NORAD’s taking Santa tracking to a whole new level with a new mobile app and website.
According to ABC 15, “[NORAD just launched a new website this week] complete with interactive holiday games for kids that change daily, videos from students and troops from all over the world and, of course, a running countdown to Santa’s North Pole launch.”
The mobile app, available for Android and Apple devices, lets you count down Santa’s take-off from your phone. ABC 15 also said that NORAD is dabbling in social media this year by letting you “search for “@noradsanta” on Facebook, Google+, YouTube and Twitter to follow the flight everywhere on the web.”
As much of a man of tradition as he is, I can’t help but wonder if Santa would embrace mobile technology or if he and the elves would get a jolly good laugh about newfangled things like “Twitter” and “iPhones.”
Either way, don’t forget to log on to the NORAD site at 12 a.m. MST on Christmas Eve so you can track Santa’s journey. After all, you have to know when to put the cookies and milk out, right?