With the help of his reindeer, Santa Claus has already started distributing gifts in the South Pacific, New Zealand and Australia, where the children go to sleep before the time change, and now continues his trip to Asia, as shown by the website www.noradsanta.org.
This website shows in real time the trip of Santa Claus. The North American Aerospace Defense Command (Norad) has decided to keep it operational despite the closure of the Government, which has paralyzed one third of the administrative services and has marred the Christmas of some Americans.
This year, some 1,500 volunteers help the little ones to know where Santa is at each moment and answer their questions, for example why the reindeer Rudolf, who leads the sled, has such a red nose; or when is Santa's birthday or who brings gifts to him.
Historically Santa Claus, first visit the South Pacific, New Zealand and Australia, where last night ago; and then continues through Asia, Africa and Europe to finish in America.
Santa "visits every home where children who believe in him live," says Norad, who remembers that he arrives "only when the children are asleep."
Norad and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (Conad), have been following Santa's trip for 63 years.
The tradition began in 1955 when the Sears Roebuck & Co. of Colorado Springs published an advertisement inviting the children to call Santa, but instead of his telephone number he gave the one of the commander's direct line in Chief of the Conad, Colonel Harry Shoup.
That Christmas, Colonel Shoup received hundreds of calls from children and decided that it was necessary to create a volunteer center that would help the little ones to know more about Santa Claus.
This year, the Norad continues operating despite the closure of the Administration, which began at midnight on Friday to Saturday due to disagreements over the financing of the wall with Mexico and which, according to the White House, could be prolonged until 2019 due to the difficulty to reach an agreement.