Google & NORAD Santa Trackers show St. Nick already in flight for his 2017 trip around the world

It’s Christmas Eve in North America, but on the other side of the globe, Santa has already started his 2017 Christmas trip around the world to deliver gifts.
According to both Google’s Santa Tracker and NORAD’s Santa Tracker, Santa is approximately 14 hours from making his away to North America and has already delivered more than a million gifts.
NORAD (the North American Aerospace Defense Command) has been tracking Santa’s whereabouts since 1955 when a Sear’s department store ad mistakenly printed the phone number to NORAD’s headquarters as a hotline to find Santa. The military organization took up the call, and has been following through on the tradition ever since.
Google launched its first Santa Tracker in 2004 using Google Earth. In 2007, Google partnered with NORAD to track Santa, but then in 2012, Google went back to tracking Santa on its own and NORAD partnered with Microsoft.
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Google Santa Tracker is live, counting down the days until Christmas with holiday games & resources

Google has launched its annual Santa Tracker to count down the days until Christmas, serving up holiday games and educational resources.
This year’s offerings include coding games to make a dancing elf and one to create original artwork. There is also an elf filter available via a “Santa Snap” game on the Android app: “You can fly your jetpack-ed elf around the globe in Google Maps and take ‘elfies’ with famous world landmarks.”
Google’s Santa Tracker is available for Android, iOS and Chrome. Same as last year, there is an Advent-style calendar on the Santa Tracker home page that will continue to publish new holiday games and information between now and December 24.
So far, Google’s Advent calendar has offered a link to its Santa Tracker Android app, a code instruction game for building a snowflake, holiday translations and a link to the following “Day at the Museum” video:

Starting December 24, Google says the Google Assistant will be able to

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Where is Santa Claus? Your 2016 guide to Santa trackers from NORAD & Google

Where’s Santa Claus? When will Father Christmas arrive? Millions of children around the world are asking these and similar questions on Christmas Eve. To help, two there are two great services that stand ready: NORAD Tracks Santa and Google Santa Tracker.
As usual, Search Engine Land stands ready with its own tradition, to guide you to get the best from the services. Below, discover how to track Santa whether you’re using the web, a smartphone, watching TV or even if you want to make a voice telephone call.
The Santa trackers & how they began
There are many Santa tracking services out there, but we recommend the two below for 2016 as both are dependable, safe and will serve you well:

NORAD Tracks Santa
Google Santa Tracker

How did NORAD and Google get into the Santa tracking business It began with NORAD and a wrong phone number in this ad:
The ad with phone number misprint that got NORAD tracking Santa Claus (source: NORAD)
NORAD is the acronym for the North American

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Bing homepage gets 31 holiday-themed surprises for each day of December

Bing has kicked off its holiday celebrations, adding 31 holiday-themed surprises to its homepage.
Each day in December is marked with a small box that includes either a new holiday-themed decoration or music to customize the Bing homepage, a feature or image that can be shared via social feeds, a winter-themed game, or information about one of the following six nonprofits Microsoft supports: Code.org, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Mercy Corps, Special Olympics, City Year, and Global Citizen.
We’ll be highlighting these organizations on special days in the Bing holiday homepage calendar throughout the month and asking our users to share their support for these amazing nonprofits and the work they do by sharing the message we’ve provided when you click on these special giving days from the calendar.Bing Search Blog
Bing started its 31 days of holiday-themed surprises by introducing Mercy Corps, an organization that, “…helps people overcome crisis and build better lives around the world.”

Since Friday, Bing’s holiday-themed

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Where’s Santa Claus? Your 2015 Guide To NORAD Tracks Santa & The Google Santa Tracker

Where’s Santa Claus? When will he arrive? Those are questions millions of children around the world are wondering this Christmas Eve. To help, two wonderful services stand ready as usual: NORAD Tracks Santa and Google Santa Tracker.
We here at Search Engine Land also stand ready as usual with our own tradition: the annual review of both services and how to get the most out of them, whether you’re accessing them from the web, a smartphone or even making an old-fashioned voice phone call.
The Santa Trackers & How They Got Started
Once again, here are the two major Santa tracking services we recommend for 2015:

NORAD Tracks Santa
Google Santa Tracker

Both are dependable and safe Santa trackers that will serve you well. Here’s some brief background about each of them.
The ad with phone number misprint that got NORAD tracking Santa Claus (source: NORAD)
NORAD stands for the North American Aerospace Defense Command, a joint US-Canadian military operation. This year, NORAD is celebrating its 60th anniversary of tracking Jolly

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