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How do I track where Santa is delivering presents?

Since 1955 the North American Aerospace Defense Command, better known as NORAD, has tracked Santa as he makes his around-the-globe journey delivering gifts to children on every continent on Christmas Eve.

The official Santa Tracker can be found by visiting noradsanta.org. The website provides up-to-date information on the whereabouts of the jolly old elf, as well as provides Christmas music, games and an interactive North Pole.

Each Dec. 24, roughly 1,500 volunteers also man telephones and computers keeping youngsters, and the young at heart, apprised on where Santa is sliding down the chimney, according to news release issued by NORAD.

More than 140,000 calls are received each year from children around the world, according to NORAD.

The Santa Tracker can also be found on Facebook and Twitter by searching @noradsanta.

The Santa Tracker began in 1955 when a Sears store in Colorado made a typo in an advertisement for a phone number to call and speak to Santa.

The number rang through to a private line at the Continental Air Defense Command — the precursor to NORAD — Operation Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, according to NORAD.

Col. Harry Shoup picked up the phone to hear a little boy asking if he was Santa, Shoup’s children told NPR in 2014.

Shoup was so taken by the little boy that he spoke to him as Santa and later had several other officers man the phones, according to NPR.

On Christmas Eve 1955, Shoup began calling into a local radio station providing hourly updates on Santa’s whereabouts as he zipped and zoomed from country to country, his children told NPR.

“Today, through satellite systems, high-powered radars and jet fighters, NORAD tracks Santa Claus as he makes his Yuletide journey around the world,” a news release from NORAD read.

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