NORAD all set to track Santa

NORAD, the organization that watches America’s skies, is ready once again to help kids keep track of Santa Claus as he makes his around-the-world Christmas Eve flight.

It began in 1955 after a Colorado Springs-based Sears Roebuck & Co. advertisement misprinted the telephone number for children to call Santa.

Instead of reaching Santa, the phone number put kids through to the Continental Air Defense Command’s operations hotline.

The Director of Operations at the time, Colonel Harry Shoup, had his staff check the radar to see if they could see Santa.

Children who called were given updates on his location, and a tradition was born.

In 1958, the governments of the United States and Canada created the joint North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), which has maintained the Santa watch ever since.

This year, NORAD officials issued a statement on Twitter, saying 1,500 volunteers help make the program possible.

If you’d like to track Santa, visit www.noradsanta.org.

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