google-logo-feature-1030x686For all those kids and adults alike who love to see where Santa is in the world, there is some good news, as Google launched its Santa Tracker today.  The Santa Tracker counts down the days until the big red-coated, jolly-fat man takes off from the North Pole on December 24th to travel the world.

If that doesn’t help put you in the Christmas spirit, hopefully this next bit of news will.  Google has opened their Santa Village where users are able to play coding games and learn about various holiday traditions across the world.  The hope behind Santa Village is to get people will get into the “spirit of giving” with a page that’s devoted to charitable organizations, such as the Jane Goodall Institute and SolarAid.

Santa’s Village is a hub of activity as the elves code algorithms to tune Santa’s sleigh, translate “Happy Holidays” into Elvish and Danish, and practice their cartography with Dancer, Prancer, Donner and Vixen… all to get Santa ready for his trip around the world.

–Official Google Blog
According to Google, there will be new experiences being added every morning between now and the end of the month, so it’s just like an online advent calendar!  These new experiences will be available on desktops, Chromecast, Android Wear and its Santa Tracker Android App.
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And finally, as far as today’s launch is concerned, there is a “Santa’s Back” video included in Santa Village:

Google shared the news on both the Official Google Blog and its Google Maps Blog.

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