Just a little PSA: if your kids want to track Santa all over the globe on Christmas Eve so they can see as he gets closer, NORAD has a neat little website where they can hang out. You can also have them phone and speak to a live person at 1-877-Hi-NORAD

It’s updated about every half hour with new locations and “live video footage” of Santa and his sleigh in various cities around the world.

By the time I woke up, the Kiddos had already gotten my Patient Husband to show them the site. (Santa, BTW, had reached China.)

It’s a neat story how this got started. According to the website,

    The tradition began on Christmas Eve in 1955 after a Colorado Springs-based Sears Roebuck & Co. store advertisement for children to call Santa on a special “hotline” included an inadvertently misprinted telephone number. Instead of Santa, the phone number put kids through to the CONAD Commander-in-Chief’s operations “hotline.”

And apparently they thought this was so neat that they did, in fact, begin tracking Santa on his trip around the world.

I have a friend in the AirForce who volunteers for this every year, and she has a blast. Check it out!