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How to track Santa on Christmas Eve

Volunteer Patty Shook takes a phone call from a child asking where Santa is and when he will deliver presents to her home, inside a phone-in center during the annual NORAD Tracks Santa Operation, at the North American Aerospace Defense Command, at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., on Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014. Patty and her husband, Bryan, who is retired from the Air Force, have been volunteering at NORAD each Christmas Eve for five years, fielding calls from children from all over the world eager to hear about Santa's progress.
Volunteer Patty Shook takes a phone call from a child asking where Santa is and when he will deliver presents to her home, inside a phone-in center during the annual NORAD Tracks Santa Operation, at the North American Aerospace Defense Command, at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., on Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014. Patty and her husband, Bryan, who is retired from the Air Force, have been volunteering at NORAD each Christmas Eve for five years, fielding calls from children from all over the world eager to hear about Santa's progress. The Associated Press

Are the kids eager for Santa’s arrival?

For more than 50 years, NORAD and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) have been tracking Santa’s path to children around the world.

The official NORAD Santa site is a fun way for children to check the progress of the jolly ole’ elf. The site includes a 2D map and keeps track of the number of gifts delivered to those on the nice list as well as where in the world Santa was last spotted.

There are also interactive games, holiday music by the US Air Force Academy Band and a library filled with information on Santa. There’s even a hot line that children can call or Skype for answers at 1-877-HI-NORAD (1-877-446-6723)

Maricar Estrella, 817-390-7720

Twitter: @maricare

Norad Santa Tracker

When: Tuesday, December 24

Cost: Free

Info: www.noradsanta.org, 1-877-HI-NORAD (1-877-446-6723)

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