Follow Santa Claus Across the Planet on Christmas Eve with NORAD

For more than 50 years now, NORAD - a bi-national U.S.-Canadian military organization responsible for the maritime and aerospace defense of the United States and Canada - and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) have tracked Santa's flight on Christmas Eve.

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Interestingly, this tradition started from a rather simple 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.

This year, on Christmas Eve, NORAD will again be tracking Santa Claus' flight across the globe to deliver Christmas presents to kids of all ages. You may view NORAD's real time updates on Santa's current location and watch Santa Cam videos via this link.

UPDATE as of 11:18 PM, December 24, 2010 --
Santa is now is Kowloon, HongKong! Next stop is the Philippines!

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UPDATE as of 11:23PM December 24, 2010 --
Santa Claus has reached the Philippines! Yey! Merry Christmas, everyone!

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Merry Christmas, TP Friends! God bless you and your loved ones!

1 comment:

  1. what the hell, seriously NORAD? haha lol they would be scrambling F-22's and F-18's


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