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NORAD Prepares to track Santa again this Christmas.
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NORAD Prepares to track Santa again this Christmas.

This Christmas will mark the 61st year that the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) will track the travels of Santa Claus around the world as he delivers toys to good boys and girls.

The tradition began in 1955 after a Colorado Springs-based Sears Roebuck & Co. advertisement for children to call Santa misprinted the telephone number. Instead of reaching Santa, the phone number put kids through to the CONAD Commander-in-Chief’s operations “hotline.” The Director of Operations at the time, Colonel Harry Shoup, had his staff check the radar for indications of Santa making his way south from the North Pole. Children who called were given updates on his location, and a tradition was born.

As you wait for Santa to begin his Christmas Eve mission you can drop in at NORAD’s Countdown Village which is loaded with new fun activities every day between now and Christmas. You may also want to drop into this page for the  answer to the question Is Santa real?..Just in case you had any doubts.

There are also free iPhone and Android apps available

HoHoHoHo

Bob Benedetti

Former RCAF Fighter Pilot Bob worked for CTV Montreal as a Reporter, Producer and Executive producer for 35 years retiring in 2004. Bob started reporting on personal technology in 1995 at CTV and continues today at Home Technology Montreal

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