NORAD is tracking Santa again this year.

And it looks like they’re keeping up with the times with a massive update to the NORAD tracks Santa website. This year’s page looks quite a bit better and makes use of Google Maps to show not only where Santa currently is but also to provide you with educational links on the places he’s been to so far. They’re also making use of YouTube to post updates from the Santa Cams and Google Earth for folks who want to track Santa right on their own PCs. For you traditionalists out there the site also lists the official NORAD tracks Santa phone numbers so you can call and talk with someone who’s job is normally to shoot down invading alien aircraft to ensure that they don’t accidentally blast Santa out of the air.

Man, as a kid, I would’ve eaten this sort of thing up like so much sweet candy. I found it very easy to get swept up in the excitement back then and this sort of website would’ve just driven me over the hyperspastic edge of joy.

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