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Where in the World is Santa?

Forget about simply imagining where Santa is on his busy night delivering presents. Thanks to the folks at NORAD, in partnership with Google, you can track Santa in Google Maps and/or Google Earth.

NORAD has been tracking Santa for over 50 years now. Check out this article at CNN on how the government’s primary missile defense operation got into the business of keeping up with Mr. Claus in the first place (it is a very sweet story).

In 2007, Google partnered with NORAD to provide real-time (Santa-time?) coverage of where the jolly man is, complete with YouTube updates from sightings around the world.

I’m getting more and more hooked on the capabilities of Google Earth, and just watching Santa’s journey for a little while, I learned so many more things about our world. My kids were captivated, and without realizing it, got a great geography lesson. Way too fun!

No matter what religion you celebrate…Happy Holidays!

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