The time has come for Santa Claus to round up his reindeer, pack his sleigh, leave the North Pole and start delivering Christmas gifts to children around the world. Santa is pretty tech savvy, so as he fulfills wish lists of iPads, notebooks, tablets, phones and GPS units, parents and children can track Santa's sleigh route.
Members of the North American Aerospace Defense Command - also known as NORAD - will keep an eye on the Jolly Old Elf as he makes his rounds. Volunteers help parents and children get an idea when Santa may be in their area every Christmas Eve.
For the first time, NORAD teamed up with Bing to track Santa. For years, NORAD worked with Google, but this year, Google launched its own version of a Santa tracker. There are now also new, free web apps as well as phone apps for iOS and Android to track Santa.
According to reports, as of Monday morning, volunteers with NORAD have already received more than 7,000 calls from people asking about Saint Nicholas. Santa is pretty popular on social media too, with more than a million Facebook fans and more than 100,000 Twitter followers.
Last year, they received more than 102,000 calls and 7,700 emails from parents and children regarding Santa's whereabouts.
If you would like to track Santa by phone you can call 1-877-HI-NORAD, or you can track Santa by following the link. Volunteers with NORAD started tracking Santa 57 years ago in 1955.
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