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Santa Tracker

23/12/2012

Okay, humor me on this one…

English: 2005 NORAD Tracks Santa Logo

English: 2005 NORAD Tracks Santa Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I thought I would take the time to post this, seeing that we are less than 48 hours away from the big night.  If you have not used this tracker or shown it to your kids – you don’t know what you are missing!  It’s a fun way for kids of all ages to see where Santa is on December 24th, all around the world.  I enjoy it just for the entertainment value.  Begun in 1955 when an incorrect number was published on an ad to call Santa, NORAD took things in stride and created a way for kids to see where Santa is at any given moment on Christmas Eve, anywhere in the world.

From the site:

“The tradition 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 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.”

Now I don’t know about you, but that Director of Operations was pretty brave to have little kids keep calling the Commander-In-Chief’s hotline!  Any military guy who goes to that length for kids is alright in my book!

Check out NORAD’s Santa Tracker HERE.

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