Want to keep a close eye on exactly when Father Christmas will reach your chimney this year?
Well, you’re in luck: US air defence is lending their satellite and radar technology to kids hoping to track his progress across the globe live again this year.
In an unlikely burst of festive jolliness from the otherwise no-nonsense North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD, for short), the agency is keeping a lookout on Santa’s sleigh radar.
Visit the tracker on Christmas Eve to get a live update on how many presents he’s delivered, where he was seen last and where he’s headed next.
NORAD’s been tracking Father Christmas for over 60 years now, initially just with radar technology and a telephone hotline that impatient children could call to find out how far Santa had got. Nowadays, of course, the technology is far more advanced, with a hugely popular website powered by a whole host of radar and Nasa satellites.
Confused about how this odd-sounding tradition came to be? It all started with a typo.
In 1955 an advert misprinted the telephone number for kids wanting to call Santa. Instead of ringing up Father Christmas, the children were put through to NORAD predecessor CONAD’s commander-in-chief’s hotline.
Rather than dismiss the curious children as time wasters, the agency started checking their radar for news of Santa’s progress southwards from the North Pole - and has continued the tradition ever since.
How’s that for a heartwarming Christmas tale? (Or stroke of PR genius, if you choose to be a grinch about it.)