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My Favorite Christmas Tradition

NORAD continues to track Santa; and here’s why.

For more than 50 years, NORAD and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) have tracked Santa’s flight.

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.

In 1958, the governments of Canada and the United States created a bi-national air defense command for North America called the North American Aerospace Defense Command, also known as NORAD, which then took on the tradition of tracking Santa.

Since that time, NORAD men, women, family and friends have selflessly volunteered their time to personally respond to phone calls and emails from children all around the world. In addition, we now track Santa using the internet. Millions of people who want to know Santa’s whereabouts now visit the NORAD Tracks Santa website.

Google has been helping with the tradition in recent years, using their analytical software to pinpoint where those visiting the website are coming from and its “Google Earth” map program now gives you a “3D” look of the jolly fat-man’s trip around the world.  Also, searches of “Santa” on your mobile phone’s Google Maps Application will get you the live-track on your phone.

The entire thing is made possible through the donations and charity of “evil, soulless, multi-national corporations.”

He should be in Chinese airspace as of this morning.

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