With the approach of the Catholic Christmas, Google and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) launched the "radars" of Santa Claus, games and educational articals dedicated to holidays.
- code the creation of a snowflake,
- pack gifts,
- deliver a penguin to the elves,
- learn how to say things like «Santa Claus» and «Ho Ho Ho» in other languages.
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Santa’s lokation on December, 24 will be avaliable there and on the Google Maps app for iOS, too. A real-time tracker will show how far away Santa is from you, when will he come and how many gifts he’s delivered so far.
Google’s Santa tracker trailer:
Christmas activities were integrated into Google Assistant, too.
You can check Santa’s location by saying "Where’s Santa" or "Track Santa." Assistant will provide a text answer, however, instead of the full map from the site or the app.
Assistant offers several Santa jokes with a voice-over from Santa. For this you should say "Tell me a Santa joke" or "Santa joke".
You can even ask Assistant to spin the Dreidel for you — this is a Hanukkah tradition.to menu ↑
NORAD Tracks Santa
The classic North American Aerospace Defense Command Santa tracker was lauched in 1955.
#interesting There are several versions of the NORAD Santa tracker origin. According to one of them, a Sears store placed an advertisement in a Colorado Springs newspaper which invited children to call Santa Claus. One digit in the telephone number was misprinted, so calls came through to Colorado Springs’ Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD — it was renamed to NORAD later) Center. Colonel Harry Shoup asked employees to tell children where Santa is.
Since then, NORAD used telephone hotline, newspapers, radio, phonograph records and television to provide a Santa tracker. In 2009 it appeared as a site and in 2011 an app for iOS and Android was released.
Like at the Google’s portal, at NORAD’s one there is a Santa’ village there you can play games, listen to music or read about Christmas in different countries.
There are also a gift shop and a "theater" with Santa tracker history, crew and trailer for this year release.
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