As we all know one of the best holidays of the year, Christmas, is right around the corner. The closer we get to the holiday, the more anticipation arises throughout the families that celebrate the holiday. The man that goes hand in hand with Christmas, Santa Claus, will be making his way around the world passing out presents to all the nice children in the world.
Thanks to Google and the help of NORAD, you can trace the man who is known as Père Noël, Weihnachtsmann, Babbo Natale, Father Christmas, Saint Nicholas or Santa Claus on his trip around the world, more specifically being able to pinpoint his exact location. Here is a YouTube video about Santa’s trek.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) has been tracking the position of Old Saint Nick since a misprinted advertisement led to kids calling NORAD’s director of operations, instead of Santa Claus. The director of operations, Colonel Harry Shoup, decided to play along and NORAD has continued to do so ever since. NORAD men, women, family and friends have all taken the time to personally respond to phone calls or emails from children around the world.
Google has been helping NORAD in its efforts for many years now and 2011 is just another year to help stir up the Christmas spirit during this winter holiday. By using Google Maps, Google Earth, or Google Maps mobile application one will be able to keep track of Santa’s location. Also, thanks to the new developments of Google we will be able to see the first year of “NORAD Tracks Santa” on Google+.
In addition to the yearly tracking efforts of Santa Claus, Google is also helping NORAD’s web site with Countdown Village, which displays activities for children to use. New activities are added daily throughout December before Christmas on December 25th.