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NORAD Official Provides Hilariously Earnest And Serious Santa Tracker Update On MSNBC

It may be Christmas Eve, but the good folks at MSNBC are still taking their job seriously. Though not quite as seriously as Maj. Gen. Andre Viens does. In today’s installment of News You Can Use, Viens paid a visit to Thomas Roberts to provide an update on Santa Claus’ whereabouts, courtesy of NORAD.

Starting with the business angle, Roberts noted that Google is now encroaching on their Santa-tracking territory — and asked how that’s affecting them.

“We’re not in competition with anyone,” Viens corrected, before going on to clarify their mission, which is to “track Santa and make sure he has a safe and secure journey, throughout the world.” And North America in particular because #America.

Offering a glimpse of their control room, where the magic happens, he finally answered the only question on everyone’s mind: where is Santa now?

Russia, Viens informed. Indeed, he was en route to the States via the Middle East, Africa, and Europe. Based on their data — “though obviously we don’t control where he goes” — Santa likes to stop in our neck of the woods between 9 p.m. and midnight.

Tracking Santa’s globetrotting so meticulously is surely an impressive feat. Though not as impressive as getting through that kid-friendly holiday segment without once cracking a smile.

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