For kids who can't wait for Santa to arrive, the North American Aerospace Defense Command has a Christmas treat. Visions of sugar plums can be augmented by a check on the fat man's progress around the globe on Christmas Eve.
NORAD provides updates by phone, Facebook, Twitter and email.
- Online: http://www.noradsanta.org .
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/noradsanta .
- Twitter: @NoradSan ta
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you call 877-HI-NORAD, a live person will give you an update.
NORAD says Santa usually starts in the South Pacific and hits New Zealand and Australia before heading to Japan and Asia. Africa and Europe are next, followed by North America and South America. "Santa calls the shots," NORAD says on its website. "We just track him!"
Last year, volunteers answered 114,000 phone calls from around the world. The website had 22.3 million unique visitors. NORAD Tracks Santa had 1.2 million followers on Facebook and 129,000 on Twitter.
Among the questions kids have had on their minds when they called in previous years:
-- "Am I on the nice list or the naughty list?"
-- "Can you put my brother on the naughty list?"
-- "Are you an elf?"
-- "How much to adopt one of Santa's reindeer?"