SPARTA, NJ – Authorities have cleared Santa Claus for take-off for his around the globe flight, so all the good little boys and girls in Newton can expect a visit Christmas Eve.

At the North American Aerospace Defense Command, senior officials are getting ready to track Santa for the 62nd year, making sure nothing will interfere with his route.

While unavailable for comment due to his busy work schedule, Santa issued a statement, saying, “Without my reindeer there simply would be no Christmas. Proper veterinary care insures that, year in and year out, my team and I are able to deliver presents to boys and girls around the world."

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For kids who want to help the reindeer on their journey, Santa's reindeer handler recommended leaving a plate of graham cracker reindeer cookies, their favorite snack, for Santa to feed them between stops.

Follow Santa's journey here.