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We’re suspending our “greatest of” series this week in order to properly prepare for Christmas. Like NORAD on Facebook and follow on Twitter.

Christmas. There really is no better time of year than the next week. The anticipation of time with family and friends, great food, and of course gifts under the tree on Christmas morning. A favorite tradition of ours over the years has been tracking Santa on his yearly trip around the globe. How else are you supposed to know when you need to get to bed?!

NORAD has been the primary source to track the big guy on his yearly trek. From South Africa to North America and from Western Europe to Southeast Asia, NORAD has eyes on Santa, Rudolph, and the rest of the gang as they deliver gifts to all the children of the world. Years ago, the only way to track with NORAD was to tune in to your local news. Fortunately, you can now get minute-by-minute updates as St. Nick dashes from Paris to London to Mumbai to Columbia.

The best way to use this information? Perfectly timing your cookies to be ready for Santa when he arrives. Never hurts to make a good impression for NEXT Christmas, right? Merry Christmas, everyone.