Track Santa's journey around the globe this Christmas Eve

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On this particular tracker, you can see where Santa is, where he is headed next, and how many gifts have been given so far.

The Google Santa Tracker is BACK once again, with chrildren around the world able to follow Father Christmas live as he delivers presents on Christmas Eve.

As of 11:30 a.m. on Christmas Eve, Santa had made it through numerous countries in Asia and was making his way through Russian Federation.

The NORAD Tracks Santa website, which launched December 1, features Santa's North Pole Village and includes a holiday countdown, games, activities, and more. It went on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube in 2008. Until then, however, Santa and his elves are busy laboring away at the North Pole to prepare for their trans-global journey.

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On Sunday afternoon (IST), Santa was headed for Houston, Texas, USA, having already left almost 5.5 billion gifts for sleeping children in countries including New Zealand, Australia, China, Japan, the Philippines, and Malaysia. NORAD's "Santa Cams" will stream videos on the website as Santa makes his way over various locations.

It all started in 1955 when a local media advertisement directed children to call Santa direct.

The Santa Tracker has traditionally been put on by the North American Aerospace Defense Command - also known as NORAD - since the mid-1950's. The published phone number was actually for the commander in chief's operations hotline at the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD), which was NORAD's predecessor.

Fortunately for Col. Harry Shoup, the director of operations, the United States had not gone to war with Russian Federation.

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