Track Santa's Sleigh Ride Around the Globe

By Tom Liddy on December 24, 2011 12:07pm 

Santa and a cute pooch.
Santa and a cute pooch.
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Chris Frey

MANHATTAN — How does Santa deliver all those toys in just one day?

Kids and grown-ups too can find out by logging onto NORAD's Santa Tracker — which follows Kris Kringle as he bounds from chimney to chimney around the globe.

The jolly old soul had already been spotted with his sleigh and reindeer on the radar in such far-flung places as Bintulu, Malaysia and Phnom Penh, Cambodia as of Saturday morning.

In some spots, such as the Great Wall of China, he has been spotted on video.

The tech-savvy can also follow him on his journey on their mobile phones, Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.

The tradition began in 1955 after Sears accidentally misprinted Santa's phone number in an advertisement.

Instead, the call went through to the commander-in-chief of the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD), NORAD's predecessor.

The Director of Operations at the time, Col. Harry Shoup, had his staff check the radar for Santa's movements and update kids as they called, sparking the tradition.

Check in to the website for updates.

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