On Christmas Eve, NORAD a bi-national U.S./Canadian military organization responsible for the aerospace defense of North America, has one additional mission: Tracking Santa around the world!
The “NORAD Tracks Santa” Web site is http://www.noradsanta.org.It features holiday games and activities that change daily and it is available in seven languages: On December 24, the Website will stream videos, captured by NORAD “Santa Cams,” from numerous cities along Santa’s journey.
Although NORAD was established to provide warnings of impending missile and air attacks, safeguards the air sovereignty of North America, and maintains airborne forces for defense against attack. On Christmas Eve, thousands of calls from all around the world come into the NORAD Santa Operations Center beginning at 4:00 am MST. You can call 1-877-HI-NORAD (1-877-446-6723) to talk directly to a NORAD staff member who will be able to tell you Santa's exact location. You can send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
New this year, OnStar is providing its subscribers with liveSanta updates as they travel in their vehicles on Christmas Eve.Subscribers simply push the blue OnStar button to get status reports on Santa’s whereabouts.
The program began Dec. 24, 1955, when a child dialed a phone number that was misprinted in a newspaper advertisement and reached the Continental Air Defense Command Operations
Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The commander at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station who answered the phone that night gave the youngster the information requested: Santa’s whereabouts.
This began the tradition of tracking Santa, a tradition that was carried on by NORAD when it was formed in 1958.
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