Santa Claus is Coming to Town!

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.

He will soon be on his way – Enjoy!
Happy Christmas!


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6 responses to “Santa Claus is Coming to Town!

  1. Crissouli

    I’m waiting for him now, as is Buster… so long as he doesn’t confuse him with the possums and scares him away by barking! May he leave lots of goodies at your house…

  2. Leith

    Just back from a perfect morning on Cottesloe beach where we saw any number of “Santas” sporting swimming trunks or bikinis and fur-edged Santa caps, along with quite a few “reindeers” taking to the water! Santa may not wish to return to colder climes!

  3. Happy Christmas, SV. Hope Santa brought you something really special. Hugs, jx

  4. I am catching up on my blog reading as things were busy around here. I did not know this history so thanks for sharing. May 2015 bring good things for you! And I hope Santa made it to your home with lots of goodies!

  5. I loved this post, Silver Voice. I think it is somewhat cool & interesting that I wrote a post about the Santa’s Tracker recently as well. You have brought to your readers a most excellent story, a story that is a true story, and a story that I hope will be passed on for generations. Have a great holiday. Peace, T

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