Sunday, March 18, 2012

Tracking Santa’s Christmas Journey


Christmas Eve is finally here, which means that Santa’s big day of delivering presents to boy and girls across the world is finally here! While we all know that Santa won’t come to any house until all the little boys and girls are fast asleep, you can still keep an eye on him as he makes his fantastic journey across the globe!

Thanks to advanced satellite technology, specially-designed SantaCams, radar (to pick up Rudolph’s nose) and communication with the elves that make up Santa’s flight team, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) has been able to track Santa’s amazing journey for the last 60 years and—we feel safe to predict—for the next 60 years as well!

So, how does the jolliest man make his way all the way across the globe to your house? Well, it’s hard to say. Historically, NORAD reports say that Santa usually starts near the International Date Line in the Pacific Ocean and travels west to visit the South Pacific, New Zealand and Australia, then over to Japan and Asia, across to Africa and then up Western Europe, over to Canada, the US, Mexico and then Central and South America before heading home.

Of course, that’s just an idea of how the big red man has traveled in the past. Only Santa really knows exactly when to time his visits and he takes a different route every year. We think he bases his routes on how many naughty and nice children there are in an area and what the weather is like, but I expect that Rudolph and Santa have their own secret criteria as well. We may never know. Regardless, you can be sure that he’ll only come to your door once all the children in the house are asleep.

Here at GPS Tracklog, we talked to NORAD and some of Santa’s elves to put together a live tracker so you can keep an eye on Santa throughout the course of the night. After all, you’ll want to be sure that your milk and cookies are fresh, don’t you?

You can watch it here:

From all of us at GPS Tracklog, have a Merry Christmas!

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