Santa is getting ready to deliver presents around the world. It’s a long journey, and knowing where he is can be tough. Fortunately, the military keeps track of Santa’s progress.
The tradition began in 1955 as the result of a typo. Sears released a promotion encouraging kids to call the retailer for Santa updates. The phone number was misprinted and calls were directed to the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD).
Hundreds of kids ended up calling CONAD, and the military personnel decided to play along. They gave out updates, and a tradition was born.
NORAD keeps it going
In 1958, CONAD became the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), and has continued to track Santa to this day. But it’s way more tech-savvy now. NORAD uses Twitter, YouTube and other ways to keep kids posted. Now, they’re even adding 3-D maps thanks software company AGI.
There are also special “Santa Cams” around the world that will stream video of Santa as he passes famous landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and the Great Wall of China.
But until Santa makes his journey across the globe, you can explore Santa’s village and learn more about the magical man that delivers gifts around the world. Play a new game every day in the arcade, explore the origins of Santa Claus and listen to Santa’s favorite holiday songs.
If you want to track Santa from wherever you roam, you can also download the NORAD Santa Tracker site. Don’t forget, on Christmas eve you can still give NORAD a call at 1-877-HI-NORAD for updates on Santa’s whereabouts.