Norad Santa Tracker 2013: Follow Father Christmas as he rockets around the globe delivering presents
You'll be able to track Father Christmas thanks to Norad
Twas the night before Christmas, when all thro' the house...people were glued to their computers and clicking their mouse...
Yes, it's the most wonderful time of the year.
And thanks to Norad (North American Aerospace Defense Command) you'll be able to track Father Christmas as he rockets around the globe delivering presents to the eager children of the world.
Every year since 1955 the airforces whose usual responsibility involves defending US airspace devote some of their time to tracking the progress of a fat white-bearded gentleman as he darts around the globe on a sleigh pulled by reindeer.
The Santa Tracker programme began when on December 24 1955 a Sears department store placed an advert in a a Colorado Springs newspaper which invited young readers to contact Santa.
Unfortunately the newspaper printed the wrong number, directing people instead to the number for Colorado Springs' Continental Air Defense Command (Conad) Centre.
The colonel who was on duty that night - Harry Shoup - instructed his staff to give all the children who called a "current location" for Santa Claus, and hence the tradition began.
It continued when Norad replaced Conad in 1958.
Such is the demand for information on Santa's progress that Norad today employs volunteers to man the phones. It is estimated that they handle around 12,000 e-mails and more than 70,000 telephone calls from more than two hundred countries.
The Santa Tracker has become more advanced over the years and has taken to social media with accounts on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.
Although Norad have a significant task ahead of them tracking Santa it is nothing as compared to the challenge the man in red and white himself faces.
Santa has to deliver to presents to an estimated 1.6 billion children on Christmas Eve.
A task that requires him to visit 822 homes a second and travel at 650 miles a second - which is 3,000 times the speed of sound.
Click here to visit the Norad Santa Tracker
Olympic diver has made his modelling debut for Adidas
Life & Style blogs
Ebola outbreak: Survivor William Pooley is flown to US to give doctor with virus emergency blood transfusion
Jennifer Lawrence nude pictures leaked: Reddit removes 'The Fappening' board dedicated to sharing naked pictures of celebrities
Tezenis removes 'crime scene' pants from Oxford Street store after backlash over 'rape' connotations
A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
iOS 8 review: not an overhaul, but the iPhone is gradually growing up
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
- 1 Thailand beach murders: Thai PM suggests 'attractive' female tourists cannot expect to be safe wearing bikinis
- 2 Scottish independence: Learn from Quebec's mistakes and beware of promises. Vote Yes.
- 3 'Necrophilia-obsessed' girl among double murder accused in three-way sex case
- 4 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 5 Revealed after 75 years of secrecy: 'Fifi' the glamorous WW2 special agent who tested British spies' resolve
iJobs Gadgets & Tech
£55000 - £60000 Per Annum + benefits: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: IT Proj...
£30000 - £35000 per annum: Ashdown Group: SharePoint Administrator - Bishop's ...
£45000 - £50000 Per Annum: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: Our client, a glob...
£20000 - £25000 Per Annum Plus excellent benefits: Clearwater People Solutions...