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Kids aren't the only ones counting down to Christmas.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command, also known as NORAD, is also tracking Santa's journey.

NORAD is a joint operation between the U.S. and Canada, charged with protecting air space across North America. But around this time of year, it tracks Santa and kids all around the world can join in on the fun.

NORAD tracking Santa has become a global experience.

The web site, noradsanta.org, is filled with video messages from students around the world.

And as a result, transforms the world into one big classroom.

Bridget Hinamon is a first grade teacher at J. E. Robins Elementary in Charleston.

"This girl is from India. What continent is India a part of. Raise your hand if you know," said Hinamon to her students, as they watched the greeting from the girl from India.

"Kids are the same because they go to school like we do and they eat like we do, and stuff like that," said Nadia Ferrante, a first-grader in Hinamon's class.

The site even has greetings from West Virginia troops stationed around the world.

There's also a countdown calendar, as well as a kids countdown village with activities.

And for the true believers, you can track Santa on Christmas Eve as he makes his way over various locations worldwide on NORAD'S Santa site.

NORAD started tracking Santa started in 1955, when a local media ad directed kids to call Santa direct -- only the number was misprinted -- and rang into NORAD's operations center.