While most of us are only being tracked by our own governments, tracking Santa is the focus of several government institutions and private corporations today.
Santa’s first stop after leaving the North Pole is Russia, China and Japan, says NORAD (The North American Aerospace Defense Command) officials. NORAD officials assure us that Santa is indeed real, confirming officially with the statement: “Based on fighter-aircraft photos, we know he has a generous girth (belly), rosy cheeks from sleigh riding in cold weather and a flowing white beard.”
For the previous 5 years, Google partnered with NORAD in keeping an eye on the journey of the jolly old elf, but parted company this year, saying they had different visions for the future. To access Google’s tracker you can go here.
Oddly enough, while NORAD has seen that cookie-munching pixie leaving Fairbanks and about to arrive in Fairbanks, Alaska, Google reports Santa’s just now leaving Fairbanks, and headed to McGrath. We will have to write this off to Google map fail.
NORAD also released a video statement letting us all know that the abominable snowman won’t be a threat this year. No word on whether in years past this has made the big red phone ring.
If you want to place a call personally to check on Santa, you can call 1-877-HI-NORAD (1-877-446-6723) for updates and if you wish to use an app to check up on Santa’s whereabouts you can use the NORAD apps on the Apple, Google and Microsoft app stores and send an e-mail to [email protected]. If you want to follow Santa’s progress on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or YouTube, just click the provided links to get started.
Finally last month NORAD created a bit of controversy when it announced that Santa would be provided an unarmed fighter jet as an escort. Personally, this reporter thinks that’s almost the best use of taxpayer dollars this Congress has spent.