Kind of a tradition in the U.S., that brings joy to youngsters, is the one that started in 1955 by NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command), which every year counts down to Christmas Eve and tracks Santa's whereabouts as he delivers presents across the globe. Google similarly started tracking Santa in 2004 and has been partnering with NORAD on this fun project since 2007. Keeping the tradition alive, today marks the kick-off of this year's countdown on the NORAD website. In addition, starting at 2 a.m. EST on December 24, users will be able to track Santa in real-time on Google Maps from a computer or phone (using Google Maps Mobile) as well as on Google Earth by searching for "Santa".
While I'm not exactly sure what Santa is doing in the video above in India and China (okay, I know it but anyway ;-) as well as he arrives too early in Russia (but okay ;-), it's quite a nice tradition and might help kids around the globe to kill the time until waiting for Santa's appearance.
And yes - Windows Phone 7 users are still out of luck and can't track Santa's route across the globe since there's still no Google Maps Mobile client available for Windows Phone 7. But hey, there's at least one good reason to get your Windows Mobile 6.x smartphone back alive! ;-)
Cheers ~ Arne