Norad Santa.org has been tracking Santa since 1958. Why you might ask well it is actually because Sears Roebuck & Co. printed the wrong number in their advertisement in 1955 & a good natured Colonel Harry Shoup had his staff check their radar for children who called in to the Continental Air Defense Command instead. A tradition was born & in 1958 the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) took over & has been doing it ever since.
There are also games & activities to do on the site as well as videos. On area called Santa's Countdown Calendar has a building for each day leading up to the 25th & each building is actually an interactive game. Most games are very simple, but creative & usually have a puzzle type solving theme to them. For instance one such game is the located in the North Pole Clock Tower and is called Christmas Tree Light Up. Choose the Hard setting for a fun strategic puzzle of lighting up the tree. I am sure a creative science teacher could even connect it to a lesson about closed or open circuits, but either way it present a puzzle students will have to work through. Anything to encourage problem solving in unique ways is always good.
So if you have not checked out Norad Santa.org give it a try this Holiday Season with your students or just with your own kids. I'll leave you with the trailer video below for 2012. Happy Holidays & I'll see you on the flipside of break...as long as the world doesn't end today!