The NORAD Santa Tracker is live and running so everyone can keep track of where Santa Claus is as Christmas Day approaches.
The NORAD Santa Tracker, which started in 1955, tracks Santa every year on Christmas Eve as he leaves the North Pole and delivers presents to children all around the world. Produced by the North American Aerospace Defense Command, NORAD purports to track Jolly Old Saint Nick as he travels the globe.
Beginning on December 24, 1955, a Sears store put in a number for “Santa Claus” in a Colorado Springs newspaper where children could call in and talk to Santa himself. However, there was a misprint with the number and instead of calling the big man in red, children were calling Colorado Springs’ Continental Air Defense Command Center. Instead of turning the children away, Colonel Harry Shoup told his staff to give “real-time” location updates of Santa’s whereabouts to the children.
Today, the NORAD Santa Tracker has become one of the biggest programs during the holidays. According to the official website, NORAD Santa Tracker volunteers handle about 40 phone calls an hour, 12,000 emails a day and thousands of messages from social media. The official NORAD Santa Tracker pages on Twitter and Facebook have grown overwhelmingly in popularity as social media takes the forefront of communication. As of December 24, 2013, there are over 1.3 million likes on Facebook and 130,000 followers on Twitter for the NORAD Santa Tracker.
To find out more information about the program, please go to NORADSANTA or call 1-877-HI-NORAD.
What is the NORAD Santa Tracker? Find Out Where Santa Claus Is At All Times.