Behind today's door on this advent calendar we call life:
The Santa Tracker is live. We repeat: the Santa Tracker is live. This is not a drill, people. Christmas is coming. And Google has officially launched their annual Christmas site—and this year you can do more than just track Santa's Christmas Eve journey.
Here is everything you need to know before you explore Santa's Village:
1. A fun little easter egg: Click the sun to switch from day or night (and vice versa).
2. If you click on the airport, you can watch the elves arrive from wherever it is elves arrive from and get dressed in colorful elf uniforms. We think that's all you can do here—this section doesn't seem particularly interactive. We tried clicking everything and nada.
3. If you click on the finish line, you'll find a fun reindeer racing game in the same vein as their Google doodle games. Use your computer arrows to start and maneuver through the course. Then tell us your high score. We bet ours is higher.
4. If you click on the icon of a reindeer wearing a headset (apparently reindeer don't like Bluetooth), you'll find this video of Santa returning to the North Pole to get to work:
Some notes: During the off season, Santa apparently relaxes on a deserted island that has great cell service. Also, when he's not in a sled, Santa rides a Jet-Ski everywhere. It's not the elves running the Christmas operation, as you may think. It's the reindeer. Finally, that reindeer may be the only person who actually uses Google+ (just kidding, just kidding).
5. If you click the wind factory, you can watch a giant fan blowing on a reindeer and generating the power for Santa's Village (we think?). As with No. 2, we think that's all you can do here.
6. The second game is a present catapult. Find it by clicking on the duck boat. Use your space bar to wind up and release to launch the presents at the passing boats.
7. And more! Each day will reveal a new addition to the website...
Until Dec. 24, when the site explains, "We'll be proudly showcasing a preview of Santa's dashboard—the technology that powers his sleigh during his around-the-world journey." Users can "follow his progress around the world, and also learn a little about some of his stops along the way."
Let the countdown begin...Oh wait, it already has!