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|Article first published as Track Santa on Christmas Eve While You’ve Traveling on Technorati.|
Remember when you were little and anxiously listened for the sound of reindeer on the rooftop Christmas Eve? This year, Santa is going high-tech. Little ones will be able to get the up-to-the-minute location of Santa with the simple press of a blue button.
This year, OnStar is partnering with the team at the Northa American Aerospace Defense Command or NORAD to bring live tracking of Santa right to your OnStar button. NORAD traditionally tracks Santa as he makes his way delivering presents on Christmas Eve.
Using satellites with infrared sensors and other technologies NORAD tracks Santa’s travels and has been doing so for generations of children beginning in 1955 when its predecessor, Continental Air Defense Command started the holiday tradition.
The information is available worldwide. The key however is that you needed to be near a computer or a telephone to see or hear the tracking information.
This year, little ones and their families who are traveling to spend the holiday with family or friends can be in the loop while on the road and know whether Santa is flying overhead.
Beginning at 7 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on Christmas Eve, December 24th OnStar subscribers and OnStar FMV owners can press the blue OnStar button in their vehicles to request a “Santa Update”.
OnStar advisers will play the part of Santa’s elves and deliver information as to Santa’s whereabouts until 5 a.m. EST Christmas Day.
According to OnStar’s vice president of Marketing and Business Development, Terry Inch “We see this holiday tradition as staying true to keeping subscribers connected in ways they never thought possible.”
- OnStar and NORAD team up to make it easy to track Santa Christmas Eve (slashgear.com)
- OnStar Tracks Santa with NORAD Help (geeky-gadgets.com)
- Family Fun Tracking Santa 2011 (examiner.com)
Today, we took advantage of the snow day to stay in, enjoy each other (really no yelling or fighting – how did the boys manage that?) bake and decorate. Oh, there was the shoveling and digging out stuck neighbors, but then again, that goes with just about every storm here in VT that’s nothing new. Tom and I are always amazed to watch the boys since they are usually the ones to take over the decorating once I convince them to drag everything out and that it really is fun. They are meticulous in putting things exactly where they were last year and the year before that. I guess that is what “tradition” is really all about, feeling comfortable with the way things are and making sure that they are that way in the ensuing years. Anyway, our boys are funny to watch. Bickering about who’s stocking goes in what order and where exactly the nutcrackers are supposed to be set up. When we put the Christmas tree up next week, then the village goes with it and that is just a dad and boys thing where I love to sit back and listen.
There are a few precious decorations that we are privileged to have in our house. Here is a picture of one of everyone’s favorites. It is a sleigh and reindeer coming from Tom’s grandfather.
Every year great care is given when the tote containing this treasure is unpacked. Although the leather straps are so dried out they are barely holding on and the heads no longer bob automatically, it is probably the best decoration we have.