NORAD HAS BEGUN THEIR ANNUAL SANTA TRACKER and as in year’s past, they have the dynamic display posted online showing Santa’s progress from when he left the North Pole on his wonderful journey.
On Christmas Eve, children all around the world will lie awake wondering if, at any moment, Santa Claus will slide down their chimneys and leave the presents of their dreams. But all they really have to do is call in or go online to find out where Santa and his team of reindeers are at any given moment.
Every year, the North American Aerospace Defense Command tracks Santa’s journey around the world, using radar, satellite, fighter aircraft and, of course, a “Santa Cam.”
The tradition began as so many do – by accident. In 1955, a little girl who saw a Sears and Roebuck ad called in to what she thought was a Talk-to-Santa hotline. But she did not hear Santa Claus on the other end of the line.
Instead, she heard Col. Harry Shoup. He was working in the CONAD ops center (NORAD’s predecessor) and was shocked to hear a child’s voice. According to a NORAD spokesperson, John Cornelio, only two people had the number for that line – the president and the four-star Commander.
As it turned out, the department store had printed the wrong number in the ad and alas, a tradition was born.
Current location of Santa: NORAD Santa Tracker
The on-duty officers played along, and it’s become an annual event, done with the help of technology giant Google since 2007. Now, phone calls are only a small part of the inquiries into where Santa Claus is at any given time. In the 21st century, NORAD’s Santa Tracker, or as it’s officially called “NORAD Tracks Santa,” has multiple mobile apps, a Google+ account, a Twitter account, a Facebook page, a Youtube channel, a website (www.noradsanta.org), Google Earth integration, Google Maps, and the still existing phone line, 877-HI NORAD. It’s even integrated into OnStar, the auto service built-into many GM vehicles.