Here comes Santa Claus: How to keep track of the jolly old fat man with NORAD, Google and apps

NORTH POLE - It's not like your kids are going to sleep on time tonight anyway. 

While they're laying awake in their beds -- as visions of huggy Elmos, Monster High and Ninja Turtles dance in their heads -- why not let your little ones keep tabs on St. Nick with one of these high-tech Santa trackers?

#1) NORAD

Everyone's tried-and-true first option, NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) is up-and-running as of 4:30 a.m., Christmas Eve. While you wait, they offer games to play.

Not only can you track Kris Kringle's progress around the world there, but you can check out the Holiday Hub for a gallery of festively dressed pets (#SantaPaws) and photos from Santa spotters (#SantaSighting).

The NORAD folks even set up a YouTube channel so you can get animated video updates too.

#2) Google Santa Tracker

Not satisfied with merely knowing how far Santa's made it along his global trek? Google's Santa Tracker keeps track of how many presents he's delivered too. 

Google even set it up so parents can send their kids personalized phone calls from Santa, too. No kids? No problem. Folks who aren't afraid of landing on the naughty list can send pals a call using some of the humorous options. (Like, "What does this person want for Christmas?" The truth.) 

As Claus winds his way around the planet, visit with his elves in their village for a glimpse of what life is like at the North Pole. Or, tour the world's traditionsincluding Iceland's creepy Christmas Cat!

You can add the Santa Tracker to your Chrome browser and watch it on your TV using Chromecast.

#3) Apps

Doesn't matter whether you have an Android or an Apple, you can track Santa from your phone with these convenient apps. 

Android users - Google's Santa Tracker is free in the Play store.

                            NORAD Tracks is also free in the Play store

iPhone users - Google's Santa Tracker is even available in the iTunes Store

                            NORAD Tracks is also in the iTunes Store

But what if you're trying to convince your skeptical kids that Santa is real?

Well... show them he visited your house with this app, Kringl, which gives you better "proof" than an empty milk glass and half-eaten cookie. It's available for Android and iPhones.