FINAL NORAD STATS, December 25, 2013: 7,060,919,100 GIFTS DELIVERED BY SANTA CLAUS!
First published December 15, 2013
Have you ever wondered where Santa and his reindeer are, at any given time, on Christmas Eve? Well, you can find out here: NORAD Tracks Santa
NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command), has been tracking Santa since 1955. And, with the internet, the tracking and reporting are even better, because you can see Santa and his reindeer flying over towns and cities in Google Earth 3D.
But don’t wait until Christmas Eve to visit this website. While Santa and the elves are still making toys and preparing for the big trip, there is plenty to do on NORAD’s site. Log on now to visit the North Pole, play games and music, and watch movies. And be sure to visit the North Pole Library, where you can learn about Santa, his magic sleigh, and holiday traditions in different countries. And…for all you investigative minds out there, log onto NORAD HQ on the site to read the Secret Santa Files.
How did NORAD come to track Santa each year? In 1955, A Sears store in Colorado Springs, Colorado, printed an ad with a phone number for children to call to speak with Santa. The phone number, however, was incorrect, and was the phone number to NORAD’s Commander-in-Chief’s operations hotline. Colonel Harry Shoup, Director or Operations, did not know Santa’s phone number, but he had his staff check radar for Santa’s location on Christmas Eve, and children who continued to call were given updates. A tradition was born, and NORAD does a great job with this very special mission. This site is great fun. Enjoy!