Tracking Santa

Only hours to go! The countdown is on! Soon Santa will be loading up and leaving the North Pole for his great journey across the globe with Dasher, Prancer, Dancer,Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and of course Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer! Children of all ages (this writer included) will watch his progress on the internet!

It all began in 1955 when the famous  American company, Sears Roebuck, published a telephone number for children to call and speak to Santa. Due to a misprint of the phone number, children were connected to the operations ‘hotline’ of the Commander-in-Chief of  the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD). The then director, Colonel Harry Shoup, arranged for children to be given updates by having the radar checked for signs of Santa flying from the North Pole. And so a tradition was born!

Some years later CONAD became the North American Aerospace Defense Command, with Canada and the United States of America  joining forces to create an air defence command for North America. NORAD as it is known, decided to keep up the practice of  checking their radar and using their advanced technology all across the world, to let children know Santa’s location as he makes his way at terrific speed through the skies. Each year, NORAD staff volunteers reply to thousands of emails and answer the telephone to the tens of  thousands of enquiries they receive  from children all over the world.

In recent years Santa’s journey can be tracked on the internet and you can join the millions of others who log in to check by clicking HERE.  Checking it out may well be an Irish Christmas Tradition in the making!

He will soon be on his way! Enjoy!

www.noradsanta.org

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3 Comments

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3 responses to “Tracking Santa

  1. Great, never too ld to track Santa… I play on the NORAD site every year… may we always keep the child within us. Merry Christmas and make sure he knows whether you’ve been naughty or nice!

  2. Jane

    Thinks angela, I had forgotten about NORAD this year but you have reminded me and I shall share with my 3 special people this year.
    Hope all is well. Talk soon. Love, me

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