Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, is finally here in many parts of the world, and children are asking, “Where is Santa Claus right now?” Thanks to NORAD Santa Tracker, their interactive maps can show a child exactly where Santa is. According to Fox News, Monday, Dec. 24, Santa was already on his way dropping off presents!
As of Monday morning, Dec. 24, NORAD showed Santa flying over Thailand. Earlier, Facebook and Twitter revealed that 2.7 million people saw Santa Claus flying over Malaysia, and Australia, and headed for the rest of the world soon after. Previously, Santa was seen flying over Indonesia, the Great Wall of China, Japan and South Korea! Check out the video that shows Santa Claus flying over China a few minutes ago!
By the time Santa Claus makes it around the world, and it gets good and dark here in the Providence, Rhode Island area on Christmas, Dec. 25, Santa will be getting ready to come down the chimneys of good little boys and girls.
Facebook reported Dec. 24,
“The NORAD Santa Tracker phone lines are extremely busy right now. If you can’t get through for some reason, try back again until you get through! Merry Christmas.”
Santa Claus Uses Social Media
Santa Claus has kept up with the times! Good little girls and boys in the Providence, Rhode Island area—and all over the world for that matter—can track Santa on Google Earth using NORAD’s Google Mapping system, or a variety of social media sites.
- Track Santa on Facebook where he already has 1,139,671 Facebook fans – up from 724,123 in 2011
- Track Santa on Twitter along with 113,037 Twitter Followers – up from 55,326 in 2011
- Track Santa on Google Maps for Mobile Phones
- Get Email Updates from NORAD at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Call NORAD at (877) HI-NORAD for Real-Time Santa Tracker Updates
According to NORADSanta.org,
“Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, NORAD’s mission has evolved over the years to meet the changing threat. Through outstanding bi-national cooperation, NORAD has proven itself effective in its roles of watching, warning, and responding. The events of September 11, 2001 demonstrated NORAD’s continued relevance to North American security. Today, NORAD provides civil authorities with a potent military response capability to counter domestic airspace threats should all other methods fail. The men and women of NORAD are constantly watching the skies and waterways of the United States and Canada to keep us safe.”
VIDEO: WATCH the NORAD Santa Tracker: Track Santa Claus Christmas Eve 2012: Where is Santa now?
Sources: NORAD Santa.org; gearthblog.com
Photo Credit: Santa Claus image, Photo of Jonathan G. Meath portraying Santa Claus. Wikimedia Commons