If you have children, you know that they’re probably beginning to have those sleepless nights because they’re so excited that Santa Claus will be coming down their chimney and delivering presents. If you have a child that simply can’t wait to have Santa come over you’ll be happy to know that NORAD is tracking him again this year.
Norad Tracks Santa has been going on for quite a few years now. Ever since 1955, NORAD has been broadcasting live updates about the location of where Santa Claus is located during a specific time. Usually beginning in Eastern Asia, Santa slowly makes his way across the oceans and continents, going from house to house delivering gifts to all the little boys and girls. But how did NORAD end up tracking Santa? Well, here is how it all started:
The tradition began in 1955 after a Colorado Springs-based Sears Roebuck & Co. advertisement for children to call Santa misprinted the telephone number. Instead of reaching Santa, the phone number put kids through to the CONAD Commander-in-Chief’s operations “hotline.” The Director of Operations at the time, Colonel Harry Shoup, had his staff check the radar for indications of Santa making his way south from the North Pole. Children who called were given updates on his location, and a tradition was born.
So if you have children who’re interested head over to the NORAD Tracks Santa website to learn where he is right at this very moment.