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NORAD Tracks Santa goes live for 2011

As they’ve done for the past few years, the incredibly popular NORAD Santa site is now live for 2011. Each year the site tracks Santa’s journey around the world on Christmas Eve, and the site is now live in preparation for the holiday.

As always, the tracker itself won’t be live until December 24. However, they have a variety of new games on the site each day in the “Countdown Village” that are fun to play with your kids; for example, the game today is a puzzle to help you string lights up on a virtual Christmas tree.
NORAD (and its predecessor, CONAD) have been tracking Santa every year since 1955. The addition of tools such as Google Earth and social media sites like Twitter and Facebook have only served to help increase the spread the of this fun tradition. To keep up with the latest happenings from the North Pole, you can join their Facebook Page (with a remarkable 716,000 fans) or follow them on twitter at @NoradSanta.

My girls will certainly be following along this year, as they had a great time watching him last year. How about you? Did you follow along last year with your kids? Looking forward to doing it again?

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.

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