NORAD: Santa Left on Worldwide TourSociety | December 24, 2010, Friday // 17:12| views
Santa has left his home in his sled pulled by his 9 trusty reindeer. File Photo
NORAD announced Friday Santa has officially left his home in Lapland to begin his trip around the world and deliver billions of gifts.
On Christmas Eve, NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, a joint organization of Canada and the United States, offers the NORAD Tracks Santa service through a special website. The site currently gets 1 billion hits.
NORAD uses Rudolph's red nose as the main tool to track Santa's trip around the globe.
The Website is updated each hour to show a CGI-rendered Santa flying over major cities in the different time zones where it is midnight. They also have a voiceover from the NORAD staff, explaining his location which has facts about Santa and the country which he has just visited.
The tradition to follow Santa around the globe dates from 1955 when an ad for the route of the legendary personality published by mistake NORAD's phone number.
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