Posting a day early. I have intelligence pertaining to extraordinary events brewing tonight.
The map above is from the NORAD website, which tracks Santa every 24 December, beginning with lift off from the North Pole:
If you are believers, I recommend you browse the website with your children. It contains much useful information, such as Santa’s route:
Santa usually starts at the International Date Line in the Pacific Ocean and travels west. So, historically, Santa visits the South Pacific first, then New Zealand and Australia. After that, he shoots up to Japan, over to Asia, across to Africa, then onto Western Europe, Canada, the United States, Mexico and Central and South America. But keep in mind, Santa’s route can be affected by weather, so it’s really unpredictable.
There is also eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon’s famous 1897 letter to Santa via the New York Sun:
You can listen to the editor (Francis Church’s) response:
NORAD jets provide video glimpses of the sleigh at various points of interest. For example, here he is over Paris:
Caveat: the NORAD site is convincing.
Nick is the same age as Virginia was when she wrote her letter. He’s long ago given up talking to the fairies who live under the Nasturtium in our front yard.
Recently, he told Nora and me that he believes he’s located the source of his Christmas gifts and it is us. Nevertheless, he was curious when I showed him the NORAD site.
When I played the video for him his response was definitive.
He said, “So he’s real then.”
Merry Christmas to all.
Any thoughts on Santa? I’d love you to add your comment below. I (nearly) always write a response here.