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[DIGEST: NYTimes, NORADSanta, PaleoFuture]

On December 24, families across the world will snuggle their children, sing Christmas carols, and nibble on candy canes, all while engaging in that age-old Christmas Eve pastime: tracking the flight of Santa Claus and his reindeer across the skies on their computer screens. The website, NoradSanta.org may be relatively new, but the idea behind it is sixty years old. And it almost never happened but for a Sears advertisement in December 1955.

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