Google Gets in the Holiday Spirit with ‘Jingle Bells,’ NORAD Santa Tracker

Google is in the holiday mood this season.  Last weekend, the search giant released its “Let It Snow” Easter egg along with an extra gift for its Hanukah celebrating users with a banner made of stars of David. Now, they’ve bestowed a Google Doodle that sings "Jingle Bells" for those who celebrate Christmas. And if keeping kids off the computer to spend time talking to relatives isn’t a big enough chore, they’ve added a Santa tracker. Take a look at how you’ll be spending your evening.

Google has partnered with NORAD, who spends the other 364 days a year tracking airplanes, missiles, space ships, to bring the latest Claus location feature. After clicking the squares under the Google Doodle and listening to the most familiar jam of the season, click "Follow Santa" below to see a map of where he has been and where is heading.  Right now he’s currently distributing his goods in Ambon, Indonesia and will be shimmying down chimneys in Koror, Palau next.  It’s a geography lesson with gift giving.

If watching isn’t enough, you can also call NORAD, who has been keeping tabs on Santa for 55 years, to speak with one of 120 people watching St. Nick’s progress or follow their updates on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

High on Santa spirit and can’t get enough?  Send your loved ones a personalized greeting from Santa through a gmail powered app

Don’t celebrate Xmas (or maybe you’re just a Scrooge-style hater)?  Happy Saturday!