Santa’s journey around the world is available for viewing by millions of children and adults

UPCOMING: Santa’s annual journey around the world, which can be tracked visually by children and adults alike by computer and cell phone apps, starts in less than two days.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), a United States and Canada bi-national organization which defends the homeland through aerospace warning, aerospace control, and maritime warning for North America, takes on an additional role on Christmas Eve by revealing Santa’s minute-by-minute whereabouts as he zips around the world.

More than 1,250 Canadian and American uniformed personnel and Department of Defense civilians volunteer their time on December 24th to answer the thousands of phone calls and emails that flood in from around the world, in addition to the visual electronics availability of watching the trip.

Started 67 years ago
The tradition of tracking Santa started in 1955 when a young child accidentally dialed the unlisted phone number of the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) Operations Center upon seeing an newspaper advertisement telling kids to call Santa.

The Director of Operations, Colonel Harry Shoup, answered the phone and instructed his staff to check the radar for indications of Santa making his way south from the North Pole.

The tradition was born, continued and expended when NORAD was formed three years later.

Where to see it
The main page for tracking Santa is available at https://bit.ly/and operations3jncPXD, where Christmas music and the countdown already is occurring, with the history of the activity, some of which is tongue in cheek but can be fascinating for both children and adults, at https://bit.ly/3vdd7TI. Be sure to scroll down below the sponsors block for the full story.
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