Holiday Fun awaits with just a click

Looking for a holiday distraction?  Want to keep track of where Santa is?  The websites below promise fun and entertainment for young and old.

Google Santa Tracker:  https://santatracker.google.com/intl/en/village.html
In its twelfth year now, Google opened its Santa Village Dec. 1.  Visitors can keep track of the days leading up to Christmas with the countdown tracker at the top of the page.  Between now and Santa’s departure, “the village will unlock new games and experiences that allow visitors to practice basic coding skills, exercise their geography knowledge, learn different languages and get to know more about charitable educational organizations,” from a post on the website.  Christmas Eve, the site will go live so children can follow Santa’s route around the world.

NORAD Santa Tracker:  http://www.noradsanta.org/

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Volunteers monitor phones and computers while tracking Santa Christmas Eve. (U.S. Air Force Photo)

Since 1955, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command, have been tracking Santa’s progress Christmas Eve.  A misprinted phone number in an ad encouraged children to call to talk to Santa; however, the number went to CONAD instead.  Rather than hang up on the callers, the team began giving out information on Santa’s whereabouts.  Today, using satellites, high-powered radars and jet fighters, the NORAD team keeps children updated on Santa’s progress though its interactive website.  Follow live updates on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

Flash mob concert at the Smithsonian:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIoSga7tZPg.  For those who missed this in 2013, check out the Air Force Band as it comes together for an impromptu Christmas concert at the Smithsonian’s Air & Space Museum in Washington, D.C.  Last year, the Air Force Band, featuring the Airmen of Note, showed up at Washington’s Union Station for a holiday tribute:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khQN5ylb3H0.  If their rendition of “Jingle Bells” doesn’t make feet move, nothing will. The band’s website has hours of holiday music just a click away (check out “Cool Yule” for some swinging Christmas tunes).  Air Force Band YouTube

Northpole.com:  http://www.northpole.com/
This site first premiered in 1996 to provide family-oriented, traditional Christmas activities.  It includes games, arts and craft projects, such as ornaments and wrapping paper; recipes, letters to Santa and educational activities.

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