Ever wonder what Santa might be up to in the days leading up to Christmas Eve?
Wanna keep “an eye” on where in the world Santa might be now?
Have your little ones simply asked….. Where’s Santa?
Now you can track Santa online with NORAD
NORAD (which stands for North American Aerospace Defense Command) comes to public’s attention each and every Christmas when it tracks Santa Claus on his journey around the world delivering toys to the world’s children. This tradition started back in 1955 when a local Sears store in Colorado “misprinted” the telephone number and children thought they were calling Santa, but actually were calling Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD’s predecessor) instead.
Each year, NORAD keeps an eye on Santa as he makes his Christmas journey. You can track Santa’s progress on Christmas Eve with the kids at the Official NORAD Santa Tracker website.
Santa’s journey is now underway on Christmas Eve (24 December 2009) …
TRACK SANTA’S JOURNEY HERE NOW >> LIVE MAP
Now there’s a wonderful interactive online site you can view and explore. Be sure to check out SANTA’S VILLAGE for fun interactive games for you and your kids/grandkids to play. It’s even multilingual now.
The Santa tracker website has much more to offer than just the tracker itself. You can learn more about NORAD and more about Santa himself. You can also listen to Christmas music and download games, pictures and videos. The site is completely replenished each year, so repeat visitors are greeted with a new design, fresh content and updated technology each holiday season.
For 54 years now, NORAD has been keeping track of Santa’s expedition. As a kid, I remember listening to radio updates of this annual pilgrimage.
Gripping winter storms have never stopped Santa before, but with winter storm warnings and weather advisories all across the United States, I’m pretty certain Rudolph’s red nose will be a big factor for Santa on his journey this year. Where is Santa Claus? Be sure to visit the Santa tracking website before Christmas Day to find out.
Check it out and Enjoy! — Happy Holidays!
Continue reading on and see how it all started…..
NORAD Tracks Santa
In The Beginning…..
On Dec. 24, 1955, a call was made to the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) Operations Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. However, this call was not from the president or a general. It was from a girl in Colorado Springs who was following the directions in an advertisement printed in the local paper – she wanted to know the whereabouts of Santa Claus.
The ad said “Hey, Kiddies! Call me direct and be sure and dial the correct number.” However, the number was printed incorrectly in the advertisement and rang into the CONAD operations center.
On duty that night was Colonel Harry Shoup, who has come to be known as the “Santa Colonel.”
Colonel Shoup received numerous calls that night and rather than hanging up, he had his operators find the location of Santa Claus and reported it to every child who phoned in that night.
Thus began a tradition carried on by the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) when it was formed in 1958. Today, through satellite systems, high-powered radars and jet fighters, NORAD tracks Santa Claus as he makes his Yuletide journey around the world.
Every Christmas Eve, thousands of volunteers staff telephones and computers to answer calls and e-mails from children (and adults) from around the world. Live updates are provided through the NORAD Tracks Santa website (in seven languages), over telephone lines, and by e-mail to keep curious children and their families informed about Santa’s whereabouts and if it’s time to get to bed.
Each year, the NORAD Tracks Santa Website receives nearly nine million unique visitors from more than 200 countries and territories around the world. Volunteers receive more than 12,000 e-mails and more than 70,000 calls to the NORAD Tracks Santa hotline from children around the globe.
Newly added this year, children and the young-at-heart are able to track Santa through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, and TroopTube.tv. To follow Santa on any of these Web sites, type in @noradsanta into the search engine and start tracking.
NORAD Tracks Santa has become a magical and global phenomenon that delights generations of families everywhere!
For more info about NORAD Tracks Santa, visit www.noradsanta.org
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