Michelle Obama helps kids track Santa by phone

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HONOLULU (AP) - A handful of kids calling to pinpoint Santa's progress on his Christmas Eve journey may have been surprised to hear Michelle Obama's voice on the other end of the line.

The first lady is vacationing with President Barack Obama and their daughters in Hawaii, but spent about a half-hour Tuesday manning the phones for the North American Aerospace Defense Command. The agency's NORAD Tracks Santa program takes calls each Christmas from children wanting to ensure their presents are on track for timely delivery.

Around the time Mrs. Obama was taking calls, NORAD's tracker showed Santa and his reindeer making their way through Europe.

It's the fourth year the first lady has taken part in the tradition.

Children can track Santa by phone, Twitter, Facebook or email.

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Online: http://www.noradsanta.org

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