Santa Claus is Coming to Town!

Ho Ho Ho!  Santa Claus is coming to town very soon and guess what?  You, along with the little ones, can track his voyage from start to finish.  Santa is a main character for this upcoming holiday season, and this  increased broadcast of his voyage will keep your children excited for his wobble down your chimney on the eve of Christmas.

Since 1955, The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), had created a program in which Santa Claus can be tracked. First tracking Santa with telephone calls, newspaper ads, radio, and television until mid 1990’s, NORAD now tracks Santa through the means of internet, including a Santa Tracking website, and other electronic devices.

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NORAD Santa Tracker

What is my intention in sharing this with you?  First and foremost, I, sadly, did not know you could track Santa Claus and his reindeer during this holiday season.  All I can say is that is AMAZING!  Wow. I understood the fact that children, and people throughout, could send letters and emails to Santa. But to track his voyage?  Now, that is indescribable.  What is ironic is the fact that the NORAD program has been tracking Santa since 1955… way before I was born.  How did I not know about this?  It is cray cray.

Second, I came across an article discussing the tracking of Santa in touch form.  Touch as in tablets, smartphones, and music players (i.e. Ipods).  Last year, NORAD in cooperation with Microsoft, launched Santa Tracking apps.  Competition also grew the past year between NORAD and another successful, growing company.  What is that company you guess?  Oh, you probably have guessed it.  If you guessed Google, you are correct!  Google also launched its Santa Tracking technology last year around the holiday season.  Google was actually partnered with NORAD, but two years ago, NORAD parted ways and became chums with Microsoft.

NORAD and BING vs. GOOGLE

NORAD and BING vs. GOOGLE

This year, however, the competition and tension between these two companies are rising, although NORAD claims to be in “no competition at all.”

“We only worry about providing the very best experience for our Santa trackers,” Stacey Knott, NORAD’s Deputy Chief of Strategic Outreach, told ABC News. “We have been tracking Santa since 1955 using our military satellites, radars, fighter jets and Santa cams.”

But, with Google advancing in their Santa Tracking skills, creating a progressive website and improved app, competition is in the air.  Not to mention, this Santa Tracking app is also available for the Google Glass.  Oh, Google… you and your technological ways.

Read more about this here: 

Microsoft, NORAD make tracking Santa touch-friendly

Both Santa Tracking websites unlock a new game, video, or special activity each day as we near closer to Christmas.  On December 24 to 25, 2013, with Google Maps and Bing technology, people may follow Santa’s “progress around the world, and also learn a little about some of his stops along the way.”

Google Santa Tracker

Google Santa Tracker Game

********SPOILER ALERT DO NOT READ IF YOU*********

************BELIEVE IN SANTA CLAUS*************

On the topic of Santa Claus, many of us know, if you read past the warning, that Santa, unfortunately, is make-believe.  I, however, find these Santa Tracking websites and apps to be encouraging in a way.  There must have been a purpose for the creation of them, and this purpose, keeping business associations aside, is to keep the spirit of Christmas alive and enable our children, nieces, and nephews to further believe in a jolly ol’ man who wears a red suit, has a big belly, and delivers presents to the kids who have  been good all year.

“He’s making a list, checking it twice.   Gonna find out who’s naughty or nice!”

In a way, are you lying to the youth?  In a way, are you keeping a secret from the youth?  Yes and yes.  But you know what, this secret and lie enables the youth to make use of their imagination to the greatest extent possible for the time being.  Is this bad?  Unquestionably not, but there will come a time when the secret will be revealed, whether it be through their friends or yourself.  And how will you deal with that?

Very similar to Dickens’s Tale of Two Cities, a recurring theme is that secrets are everywhere.  Everybody has secrets.  But then again, nobody has secrets.  Secrets may be dark and consequential, but when revealed do they solve the problem or make it worse?

beauty-secret

In the context of this post, the revealing of Santa Claus’s make-believe self is both positive and negative.  A child’s belief in Santa enables him or her to live with fantasy, creation, and imagination, as stated above.  Therefore, when the child is told that Santa is a fictional character, that one ounce of imagination vanishes and they will most likely begin questioning the Leprechaun and the Easter Bunny’s existence.  But, when you reveal to your child or youth this shocking secret, you are bringing them one step closer to the real world.  You are showing them that secrets do exist and that it is time be mature about its unveiling.

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If you have not checked out the NORAD Santa Tracker Website or Google Santa Tracker Website, I recommend it!  Both websites are absolutely adorable and make me extremely excited for the approaching of Christmas.

Expect Santa at your chimneys on Christmas Eve!

‘Till next time readers!

Signing,

Naomi

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