Tracking Santa Claus easier than ever


Tracking the bearded man around the world is easier than ever this Christmas with mobile apps available from the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).

Santa Claus has begun his annual yuletide journey to millions of homes across the world which started in New Zealand. He has already visited Australia, Japan Russia and Afghanistan and he is on target to reach Ireland later tonight.

This year children can keep up with him on their mobile devices iOS, Android and web apps as well as on a new app for Windows 8.

The US-Canadian military organisation NORAD has a 57-year-long holiday tradition at the agency of tracking Santa.

"Every December 24th since 1955 we have been telling children exactly where Santa is so that children all over the world can make sure that they're in bed on time so that Santa will deliver their presents," said Stacey Knott, a deputy chief at NORAD.

In addition to tracking Santa's location on Christmas Eve, the app also shows cameos from his route across major landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and the Great Wall of China.

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