This year, as in the past 50 years, NORAD - a bi-national U.S.-Canadian military organization responsible for the maritime and aerospace defense of the United States and Canada - will be tracking Santa's flight across the planet on Christmas Eve!
For those who are not yet familiar with it, this NORAD tradition started from a Christmas ad misprint;
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.
Kids and kids-at-heart, if you want to follow Santa's reindeer ride this Christmas Ever, you may view NORAD's real time updates on Santa's current location via this link.
Great news! This year you can track Santa's exact location with the official NORAD Tracks Santa app for iOS and Android! Just look for "NORAD Tracks Santa" in App Store and Android Market, then download and install!
Last year, Santa landed in the Philippines at exactly 11:23 PM. Let's see if he arrives earlier this year. :)
Merry Christmas, TP Friends! God bless us all!
UPDATE as of 11:21 PM -- Santa will be entering the Philippines via Calumpit, Bulacan. He's be arriving at exactly 11:23 PM, same time as last year! Welcome to the Philippines, Santa!
Next Stop: Manila!