Google's Santa Tracker is the most fun way to countdown to Christmas

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Google wants to celebrate the holidays with you by bringing back their personalized voice messages from Santa, as well as launching their new, interactive version of an Advent Calendar.



Developed by Google, with a little help from Santa's elves, the Santa Tracker features numerous activities within Santa's Village while Santa prepares for his global journey on Dec. 25.

Each day, counting down til Christmas, a new section of Santa's Village becomes available, each section housing cute games and learning tools for kids. Some games are designed to teach children the geography and culture of other countries, and how they celebrate Christmas, and some are just pure Santa-themed fun.

Guide a jetpack-equipped Elf through a sky of presents, load up boats with gifts set out to sea, or give Santa a shave 'n a haircut at the North Pole barbershop. One of the coolest games is guiding a skydiving Santa to land exactly in your town! HINT: Click the parachuting Santa as he drops into the Village.

"On Christmas Eve we'll be proudly showcasing a Santa's dashboard, the technology that powers his sleigh during his around-the-world journey," says the About section of the site. "Santa's dashboard - featuring the latest and greatest in Google Maps technology and sleigh engineering - will allow you to follow his progress around the world, and also learn a little about some of his stops along the way."

If you have an Android device, you can download the Google Santa Tracker app from the Google Play Store. Or, if you use Chrome, they've made an extension plugin so you can deck out your desktop internet browser.

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