Once again, it's time to link to the greatest Christmas Web site ever. I refer, of course, to the NORAD Santa Tracker. As I write this, their countdown stands at 6 hours and 41 minutes. The tracking begins at 6:00 a.m. GMT, which is when the sun is setting in New Zealand and the Pacific, and the right jolly old elf takes off.
The site has more big-business sponsors than it used to, but the underlying sweetness still shines through. One night a year the men and women of NORAD take time off from guarding against the threat of sudden war to keep the world informed of the location of Santa Claus. (Of course, someone's still on watch, even on Christmas eve.)