Somehow, Santa Claus is able to travel around the world in one night and deliver presents to all the good children. The naughty ones, however, might get a lump of coal in their stocking. To see where Santa -- or St. Nicholas, or Kris Kringle, as he is also known -- is at every minute on Christmas Eve, the North American Aerospace Defense Command slipped on tracking device onto Old St. Nick’s sleigh so eager children and the young at heart can see where he and his famous reindeer are at the moment.
For a little history behind tracking Santa, it began in 1955 with Sears Roebuck & Co., NPR wrote. But when NORAD formed in 1958, they took over.
Click here to watch the official live stream, courtesy of NORAD. An app is available for Apple, Windows Phone, or Android phones through the name "NORAD Tracks Santa.” For the latest updates online, follow NORAD on Twitter with the handle @NORADSanta, which gives followers “up-to-the-minute information on Santa's journey!”
As of 1 p.m. EST, Santa last traveled to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates and was headed to Baku, Azerbaijan. It’s a trip that would take someone magical like Santa less than five minutes. The average person would need at least 32 hours by car. That’s some fast sleigh Santa has!
By 1 p.m. EST, Kris Kringle had delivered more than 2 million presents. Children in North America will have to wait until lights out until they can expect to see any gifts under their tree. Remember kids, if you peek, Santa won’t appear. So make sure to keep your peepers closed so you get your presents. Also, leaving out some milk and cookies for the big guy might also help to butter him up. We hear he likes chocolate chip cookies, but anything will probably do. Maybe some carrots for the reindeer would be nice, too.
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