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Follow Santa's progress this Christmas with fun Santa trackers

Follow Santa's progress this Christmas with fun Santa trackers
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He's made a list. He's checked it twice. He knows who's been naughty and who's been nice. In just a few short days, Santa Claus will be loading up his sleigh with gifts for children all over the world. He's got Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donder, Blitzen and even Rudolph to help him out too.

When Santa begins his journey on Christmas Eve, from the North Pole to the South, covering every place in between from Argentina to Zimbabwe, you can track his progress and see what part of the world he is in. If he's close you better make sure the cookies are ready and that the children are nestled all snug in their beds, with visions of sugarplums dancing in their heads.

Luckily, following Santa on Christmas Eve is easy and there are a handful of different apps for both Apple and Android gadgets to help you. Here are our picks:

NORAD

Did you know that the military has been tracking Santa's location since 1955? The tradition began as the result of a typo. Sears released a promotion encouraging kids to call the retailer for Santa updates. The phone number was misprinted and hundreds of calls were directed to the Continental Air Defense Command (now known as NORAD), and the military personnel decided to play along. They gave out updates, and a tradition was born - it still tracks Santa to this day.

With NORAD's official Santa app, you don't have to call (although you can) to keep tabs on Santa's journey on Christmas Eve.  You can follow his progress around the world with maps and the latest tracking data.

Plus, while you're waiting for Santa to arrive, you can check out the arcade and play "Thin Ice" to corral the scattered presents in time for Santa to deliver them. There's also background information about NORAD, which watches the skies over North America and keeps us safe.

Click here to get the NORAD Tracks Santa app for Apple and Android gadgets.

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