If the dark winter weather isn't enough to remind you of the season, Google Earth is here to force the holidays upon you with some nifty new gadgetry, wrapped and ready at NoradSanta.org. And it's the best kind of present — the kind you can open Christmas Eve!

OK, we'll just tell you. Santa's delivery route can now be tracked in real time, thanks to heartwarming Internet magic. Mystified? Not to fear: The package comes with FAQs. Problem is, all the answers are as deceiving and adorable as Santa himself.

But there's no need to wax Scroogey — quit prying and start counting down. Then return to the map after the jump on Christmas Eve for the sleigh ride of a lifetime.

Until the big night, you can either keep staring at that map like a lapdog or get your Snuggie on and check out this dazzling “A Whole New World”-style preview, presumably from last year:

Oh you fancy, huh!

LA Weekly