Sunday, December 23, 2007

Wanna know where Santa is?

Starting at 4:00 am Eastern Time on Christmas Eve, you can track the big gift-giving guy as he guns his sleigh around the world, dropping off goodies for all the good children everywhere.

Yeah, that means one or two of y'all might miss out, but you had your chance! It's the old naughty/nice bit, and you were just too naughty.

PARENTHETICAL SANTA-AIN'T-THAT-DUMB THOUGHT: I'm absolutely certain the portly red-suit-dude knows the difference between good naughty and bad naughty. So some of you will still find neat stuff under the tree....

To follow his progress, all you have to do is go to the NORAD Santa Site, where their radar and imaging systems will be updating his location with pinpoint accuracy.

It's so cool!

Hard to believe NORAD started this program back in 1955, when they were focused on ensuring that them evil, godless Russkies weren't trying to lob the Big One at us.

The Soviets are gone, but Santa survives. And NORAD still keeps an eye on him.

I've checked in at the site several times on each of the last two Christmas Eves -- and remember radio newscasts many years ago that would report his location throughout Christmas Eve night based on NORAD data -- and I still find myself being drawn into it.

If you have young children, this is a wonderful bit of fun. Or, if you're like me, it is a welcome reminder of innocence and childlike wonder.

Laugh at me if you like, but just do it, okay?

Hell, I might even post a few location updates here tomorrow night for you curmudgeons who won't let yourself play....

4 comments:

Benb said...

Merry Christmas, Mr Scribbs - here's hoping you find thatof which you have been searching for...
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emd said...

I'm gonna do it. NORAD rocks!

Kimmywoo said...

Merry Christmas Scrib! Hugs from Oz.

DAL said...

I used to listen to the NORAD radio program, and then let the boys listen a few times, too.