NORAD keeps track of Santa’s trip

The Denver Post - - DENVER & THE WEST -

Chil­dren around the world had one ques­tion on their minds Satur­day night: When would Santa be here? For the 61st year in a row, NORAD had the an­swer. Calls came in from around the world Christ­mas Eve ask­ing the 120 vol­un­teers an­swer­ing phone calls at a time where Old St. Nick was on his trek. Vol­un­teers spoke more than 18 dif­fer­ent lan­guages to make sure every kid had the chance to find out Santa’s where­abouts. NORAD ex­pected as many as 140,000 calls.

It was un­clear whether first lady Michelle Obama would join in an­swer­ing calls this year af­ter do­ing so the past six years.

The tra­di­tion started in 1955 when a Colorado Springs news­pa­per ad mis­printed the tele­phone num­ber for kids to call Santa, send­ing them to the Con­ti­nen­tal Air De­fense Com­mand. In­stead of turn­ing the kids away, Col. Harry Shoup had his staff check the radar for Santa’s lo­ca­tion.

In 1948, the United States and Cana­dian gov­ern­ments cre­ated North Amer­i­can Aero­space De­fense Com­mand, or NORAD, which took over the tra­di­tion. Danika Wor­thing­ton, The Den­ver Post

Heather Howard, News Her­ald

Maj. Jared Scott makes sure NORAD’s Santa tracker is work­ing cor­rectly at Tyn­dall Air Force Base on Fri­day in Panama City, Fla.

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