Hey, kids, let's watch Santa come to town!

by Stripes Guam
Stripes Guam

It is the time of the year and Santa Clause is busy getting ready to see all the children who have been good this year. Santa knows where those children are even if you and your family are stationed on faraway bases in the Pacific.
The North American Aerospace Defense (NORAD) Command’s Tracks Santa, a joint project between the United States and Canada, Keeps an eye on Santa’s movements during this special time of year with the latest technology as he travels the globe on every Christmas Eve.

For more than 50 years, NORAD and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command have tracked Santa’s flight.

Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo., NORAD brings military capability to the task, including infrared tracking satellites, land-based radar, as well as radar on ships and aircraft. NORAD personnel can spot anything that flies, whether it is man-made or magical, like a bearded jolly man with flying reindeer.

The tradition began in 1955 after a Colorado Springs-based Sears Roebuck & Co. advertisement misprinted the telephone number for children to call Santa. 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, Col.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.

Currently, NORAD website is open to everyone for tracking the Santa. The Web site is available in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, Chinese and Portuguese. It includes games, music, videos and lots of information about Santa Clause and NORAD.

The NORAD Tracks Santa Operations Center goes online at 3 a.m. Mountain Standard Time on Dec.24 with live minute-by-minute update on Santa’s progress. A hotline is also available during the 24-hour tracking period on Dec. 24. You can request updates via email on that day to ask about Santa’s travel. There will be more than a thousand volunteers on hand to answer phones and reply to emails.So, you better mot cry, you better not pout – Santa Clause is coming to town.

Learn more about tracking Santa
at: www.noradsanta.org

For updates on Santa’s whereabouts 4 a.m. (MST), Dec. 24-25, call the hotline
at: 1-877-HI-NORAD or email: noradtrackssanta@outlook.com


Can’t wait till Christmas Eve to email Santa?
Here are some ways to get in touch with him now.

The North Pole
Email Santa Clause, enjoy sing-along Christmas carols with music and lyrics. Learn about the historical Christmas celebrations in other countries.

Letters to Santa
You can send a letter to Santa and get an instant reply without even having an email address. This website is ideal for small children. It has songs and games related to Santa.

Portable North Pole
You can receive personalize video messages from Santa. They have a free mobile app to watch or share your videos on mobile. You can show Santa’s video message to your children everywhere you go.

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