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Norad Tracks Santa Claus On Christmas Day
Santa Claus has completed his delivery of presents across the UK and Europe ... and is now working his way across North America.
Children around the world are being kept up to date about his progress thanks to Norad - an organisation that provides aerospace warning information to the US and Canada.
The organisation's Norad Tracks Santa site provides up-to-date information on the progress of Father Christmas and his reindeer - Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and Rudolph.
Norad Tracks Santa uses radar, satellites and high-speed digital "Santa Cams" that have been pre-positioned at many locations around the world.
The cameras capture images and videos of Santa and his reindeer as they make their journey each Christmas Eve.
Canadian and US fighter jets are even used to escort Santa and his sleigh through North American airspace - presumably to allay any elf and safety fears his visit might provoke.
Santa usually starts his journey at the International Date Line in the Pacific Ocean and travels west, meaning he visits the South Pacific first, then New Zealand and Australia.
After that, he flies up to Japan, over to Asia, across to Africa, then onto Western Europe, Canada, the United States, Mexico and Central and South America. The journey can be followed on video.
To calm any doubters, Norad has sought to answer the age-old question "is there a Santa Claus?".
It said: "Mountains of historical data and more than 50 years of Norad tracking information leads us to believe that Santa Claus is alive and well in the hearts of people throughout the world."
However, the organisation admitted it had no clue as to how he manages to climb down people's chimneys.
The Santa tracking feature has been provided since 1955, and came about by accident.
An advertisement for a Sears store in Colorado Springs - near where Norad is based - misprinted the telephone number for children to call Father Christmas.
Instead of reaching Santa, the phone number put them through to the commander-in-chief's operations hotline.
Quick-thinking operations director Harry Shoup had his staff check the radar for indications of Santa making his way south from the North Pole.
Children who called were given updates on his location, and a tradition was born.
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Boy hes busy.glad i put out a mince pie for him now along with some carrots for rudolf and co. Now without cheating can you name all the nine reindeer pulling santas sleigh.
One year i was temporarily arrested.as i came out of a pub i saw a santa collecting money for charity at the same time i saw two policeman walking by, anyway i stopped them and kept insisting that they arrest santa for identity fraud as he wasnt the real santa.anyway i kept on and on about it until the police put me in their car and drove me half way home where i was told to go home.i was quite disgusted it was clearly a case of identity fraud and he was taking money from the public right under the polices noses.
Everyone knows Santa doesn't exist and that reindeer can't fly. If you dont believe me ask the easter bunny when you see him
Of course he exists.ive seen him several times even met him when i was smaller, sat on his knee.hes always in shopping malls nowadays though.