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Track Santa across the world, it's easy

Track Santa across the world, it's easy
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Santa is busy making a list and checking it twice before heading out to deliver presents around the world.

Yep, it's that time of year again. Children everywhere are so excited with anticipation of Santa's visit, they can barely sleep at night. A great way to calm them down is to keep them informed of Santa's whereabouts.

It's a long journey, and knowing where he is at any given time can be tough. Fortunately, the U.S. military keeps track of Santa's progress through the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and kids can follow along by downloading its app, NORAD Tracks Santa Claus.

The tradition began in 1955 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 calls were directed to the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD).

Hundreds of kids ended up calling CONAD, and the military personnel decided to play along. They gave out updates, and a tradition was born.

In 1958, CONAD became the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and has continued to track Santa to this day. But it's way more tech-savvy now.

Now, there are special "Santa Cams" around the world that will stream video of Santa as he passes famous landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and the Great Wall of China.

But until Santa makes his journey across the globe, you can explore Santa's village and learn more about the magical man who delivers gifts around the world. Play a new game every day in the arcade, explore the origins of Santa Claus and listen to Santa's favorite holiday songs.

You can access all of these features through the free apps that are available for both iOS and Android. To download the app, simply click on the link we've provided below inside the blue boxes. If you're reading this article using the Komando.com app, you might not see the blue boxes. If not, click here to see them.

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