The holiday season is upon us here in the United States and other western nations. Christmas abounds at shopping centers and on TV. Microsoft has been on board with the Santa thing before and this year is no different. However, he is a little more universal.

It appears very recently that the search suggestion box for Windows 10 Maps on Mobile and PC has begun listing Where's Santa? as the first suggestion. Clicking it brings you to a novel page about the deliverer of gifts including his present location (that'd be the North Pole, duh).

The presentation also informs you to return on December 24 to real-time track him as he brings gifts to children around the globe.

All of this is part of the weirdly traditional NORAD Tracks Santa 'entertainment program' whereby the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) reportedly sees Santa on their radar. It's a weird juxtaposition of jolly children and the military industrial complex trying to either wage or prevent global thermonuclear catastrophe.

Normally Windows Phone users have an app but this year we are evidently doing this through Maps, which is cool. (He also appears in Cortana as well)

You can read more about NORAD Tracks Santa from the well documented Wikipedia page on the subject.

Either way, it is always fun to see the most serious type warm up to odd cultural traditions. We look forward to tracking Santa later this month and hopefully won't accidently take him out with a Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel.

Thanks, jvanlew, for the tip!