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Santa Trackers At NORAD Braced For Kids’ Calls

This year, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) celebrates its 60th anniversary of tracking Santa’s yuletide journey.

“Last year, we put in links where you could see where Santa is, and then click through Bing to find out more”, Quinlan said.

“When things are rocking and rolling on Christmas Eve and kids are able to call in, talk to a live operator, get an update on where Santa is, have a conversation, go on the website, check the app… that’s what it’s all about”.

FILE – Air Force Lt. Col. David Hanson, of Chicago, takes a phone call from a child in Florida at the Santa Tracking Operations Center at Peterson Air Force Base near Colorado Springs, Colo., Dec. 24, 2014.

When it comes time to track Santa, more than 1,250 American and Canadian military personnel and Defense Department civilians volunteer their time on Christmas Eve to answer the thousands of phone calls and emails that pour in from across the globe.

And parents, if you are having trouble wrestling your excited little ones into their beds, the call can offer some help.

It’s a worldwide spectacle that has ties to our area, and it all started decades ago, with an unexpected phone call.

Later today, Transport Canada is expected to announce that Santa Claus has successfully passed his pre-flight inspection and is set for a safe take-off.

The tradition began when a local newspaper ran an ad with the wrong phone number.

With children in Australia sending more than 100,000 letters to the North Pole this Christmas, Australia Post has been in full swing making sure that every child gets a response from Santa Claus. If they load up the NORAD website using the Microsoft Edge browser, they can also use their computer to color in a maze, Christmas tree, and other holiday-themed drawings – a great way to keep alert while staying up late to catch you-know-who sliding down the chimney.

Radar nets started tracking the bagman in 1948, when the US Air Force reported its early radar network to the north had detected an unidentified flying sleigh on its scanners. Rather than disappoint the kids, commanders told them they indeed knew where Santa was.

Emma is a big fan of the Christmas clock countdown.

You can track Santa’s Thursday trip by calling 1-877-HI-NORAD (1-877-446-6723).

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