NORAD is ready to track Santa's flight

      The North American Aerospace Defense Command is prepared to track Santa's yuletide journey.{}

      The NORAD Tracks Santa website{}is live now.{}{}It features a holiday countdown, games and daily activities, video messages from students around the world, and more.{} Official NORAD Tracks Santa apps are also available, so parents and children can countdown the days until Santa's launch on their smart phones and tablets.{} Tracking opportunities are also offered on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Google+. {}Santa followers just need to type "@noradsanta" into each search engine to get started.{}

      Trackers worldwide can speak with a live phone operator to inquire as to Santa's whereabouts by dialing the toll-free number 1-877-Hi-NORAD (1-877-446-6723) or by sending an email to{} NORAD's "Santa Cams" will also stream videos as Santa makes his way over various locations.

      It all started in 1955 when a local media advertisement directed children to call Santa direct - only the number was misprinted.{} Instead of reaching Santa, the phone rang through to the Crew Commander on duty at the Continental Air Defense Command Operations Center.{} Thus began the tradition which NORAD carried on since it was created in 1958.{}