The NORAD Santa Tracker is the greatest Christmas invention of all time. If there is anyone out there who doesn’t know what this is you are in for a treat. NORAD is “a the bi-national U.S.-Canadian military organization responsible for the aerospace and maritime defense of the United States and Canada” In a nutshell, they watch the skies for impeding missile and air attacks. Some amazing genius at this facility created a website called NORAD Tracks Santa. It is a child friendly website that lets you know exactly where on Earth Santa is on Christmas Eve. But if the kids start getting antsy waiting for the arrival of Santa you can go to the tracker weeks in advance and get up to the minute updates on Santa Claus and the happenings at the North Pole. There’s even a countdown widget that counts down to the last second.
Here are a few tips for making the most of NORAD Tracks Santa:
- You can track Santa directly on the NORAD Tracks Santa website but for an enhanced user experience you can see Santa’s whereabouts using Google Earth. It’s free and really worth it.
- You can use the website as a tool to help your kids behave. I’ll do just about anything to make sure my kids are on Santa’s “nice” list. I let them go on the site to get updates as an incentive to stay on track. The most recent post says, “NORAD officials have received notification that Santa is modifying his flight plan from last year! No explanation was given, however, it was confirmed that Santa still plans to visit everyone on his Nice List!” AH HA! That’s proof that you kids better be good!!
- You can visit Santa’s Village. Link to it from the homepage. It is full of music, games, puzzles and things to keep kids both busy and excited about Christmas. Nearly every building in the village is click-able and has an activity. They include games, puzzles, downloadable print-outs.
- For kids with questions about Santa, everything you need to know can be found in the About Santa section including Santa’s exact height and weight (5’7″ and 260 lbs in case you’re wondering). For all the little Einsteins out there you can also find detailed scientific data such as all the technical specifications of Santa’s sleigh. The also answer the all important question,”is Santa real?”
- Finally, on Christmas Eve when you need your kids to go to bed you can show them that Santa is coming and he only give presents to kids while they sleep. They’ll be in the Christmas pajamas and under the covers in a wink.
Definately take advantage of NORAD Tracks Santa. Its hands down the best Santa site for kids at Christmastime.