A familiar stranger will make his annual sleigh ride on Christmas Eve to deliver toys and presents to children all around the world, but not without a little help from some folks down below. It all began in 1955, when a misdialed call to a number intended for children to call Santa directly ended up reaching Col. Harry Shoup, the crew commander on duty at the Continental Air Defense Command Operations Center at the time. Shoup saw that misdialed call as an opportunity to track the progress of Santa's sleigh so children all around the world could see where Santa was, said Capt. Cameron Hillier, spokesman for NORAD and U.S. North Command. Sixty-three years later, the North American Aerospace Defense Command has made it its duty to track Santa every Christmas Eve. "[Col. Shoup] thought that the two would marry off pretty nicely to start a tradition which has continued now 63 years later," Hillier said. But since 1955, the program has undergone … [Read more...] about Where is Santa? NORAD shows children his location every Christmas Eve
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WASHINGTON – Don’t fret, kiddos. And parents, too. Neither rain nor snow nor hail nor sleet will keep Santa out of the skies on Christmas Eve. And government shutdown or not, NORAD’s Santa Tracker will follow the Jolly Ol’ Man’s journey every reindeer step of the way. The Santa Tracker, celebrating its 63rd year, won’t be affected by the government shutdown, which started early Saturday after nine governmental departments ran out of funding, and Congress and the White House failed to strike a deal to keep things running. Even if the shutdown extends through the holidays, as expected, the Santa Tracker will still use satellites and radar to keep tabs on St. Nick’s journey around the globe and take calls from anxious kids (and maybe a few grown-up kids at heart) who will want to know if he has been spotted anywhere in their 'hood. The Santa Tracker is staged every year by the North American … [Read more...] about Will NORAD’s Santa Tracker still monitor St. Nick’s journey even if there’s a government shutdown?
Where is Santa Claus right now? Thanks to a few high-tech trackers, we have an idea. Government workers, Google and even some local drone groups have their eyes on the sky this Christmas Eve looking for Santa's sleigh and his flying reindeer. Not even a partial government shutdown is stopping the North American Aerospace Defense Command from reporting Santa's last seen location, and anticipated route, the agency announced. Here are three ways to know when Santa is heading to your town: NORAD’s Santa Tracker: The agency will be tracking Santa for the 63rd year using satellites and radar. NORAD operates a call center, a mobile friendly website (www.noradsanta.org), social media channels and a “Santa Cam” streaming video. On Christmas Eve, people may call 1-877-Hi-NORAD (1-877-446-6723) to get an up-to-date report on Santa’s location. In the event of a government shutdown, NORAD will continue with its 63-year tradition of NORAD Tracks … [Read more...] about How to track Santa on Christmas Eve: NORAD won’t be affected by government shutdown
Denver – The government may be partially shut down, but that won’t stop hundreds of volunteers dressed in Christmas hats and military uniforms Monday from taking calls from children around the world who want to know when Santa will be coming. The military says the NORAD Tracks Santa won’t be affected by the government shutdown because it is run by volunteers at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado and is funded by the Department of Defense’s budget that was approved earlier this year. Now in its 63rd year, the Santa tracker became a Christmas Eve tradition after a mistaken phone call to the Continental Air Defense Command in Colorado Springs, Colorado, in 1955. CONAD, as it was known, had the serious job of monitoring a far-flung radar network for any sign of a nuclear attack on the United States. When Col. Harry Shoup picked up the phone that day, he found himself talking not to a military general, but to a child who wanted to speak to Santa Claus. A Colorado … [Read more...] about Santa tracker will still run despite gov’t shutdown
(CNN)The guessing days are over. The North American Aerospace Defense Command and its top-notch radar system will tell you when to get your cookies and milk ready for Santa's arrival. For 63 years, the organization otherwise tasked with detecting aerospace activity has turned its attention to Santa Claus on Christmas Eve -- tracking his sleigh and nine reindeer as they glide through the night to every child's house -- well, the ones he's deemed good for the year. It's a tough task, but NORAD says they are the "only organization that has the technology, the qualifications and the people to do it." And even if the federal government has shut down, NORAD announced Friday they'll continue to track Santa's journey. Military personnel and more than 1,500 volunteers will field calls on Santa's location and continue the decades-old tradition. In the event of a government shutdown, NORAD will continue with its 63-year tradition of NORAD Tracks Santa on Dec. 24. Military personnel who … [Read more...] about No government shutdown can keep NORAD from tracking Santa’s journey on Christmas Eve