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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Santa Claus has completed his journey around the world and delivered almost 7.3 billion Christmas presents, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) said on Monday.

    "Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night! #Santa is on his way back to the North Pole, and we look forward to tracking him again next year! #NORADTracksSanta," the NORAD wrote on Twitter.

    Santa Claus has traditionally started his route from Russia’s Far East region of Chukotka and concluded it in the North Pole, the place of his residence.

    READ MORE: Dying to See Your Christmas Presents? Track Santa Online While Waiting!

    The project, dubbed NORAD Tracks Santa, was launched in 1955, when an advertisement in a Colorado Springs newspaper invited children to call Santa and ask for presents. However, an error with a phone number occurred and instead Col. Harry Shoup's secret hotline at the Continental Air Defense Command, now known as NORAD, had to answer calls for Santa.

    Afterward, the NORAD’s base in Colorado became a center for monitoring the Christmas Eve’s journey, using the satellites, radars and US and Canada’s fighters in the air over the United States and Canada to track Santa on his route.


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