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Published: Monday, December 24, 2012 at 10:30 AM.

PANAMA CITY — Santa is ready to deliver gifts to good boys and girls around the world, and once again NORAD will track the jolly old elf’s journey from the North Pole to homes all over the world.

According to The North American Aerospace Defense Command website, “Santa’s elves have been busier than usual this year preparing for Santa’s launch on Dec. 24.”

St. Nick is currently at the North Pole, “where he lives with Mrs. Claus and the elves who make toys and take care of the reindeer year round,” according to NORAD. Each year on Dec. 24, Santa and his reindeer launch from the North Pole very early in the morning.

The minute they launch, NORAD starts to track him.

The NORAD Tracks Santa Operations Center at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo. will begin providing updates at 2 a.m. CST on December 24. Directions to track Santa are available in English, Dutch, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish and Italian are available on NORAD’s website.

NORAD staff members who will be able to tell Santa’s exact location can be reached directly at 1-877 HI-NORAD (1-877-446-6723) and are available until 2 a.m. on Dec. 25 to answer calls.

NORAD’s operation includes “Santa Cams” in space which take video of Santa as he flies round the world. These videos appear almost every hour on Dec. 24 at

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