NORAD tracks Santa 2018

Saul Bowman
December 26, 2018

NORAD, a Canada-US organisation charged with aerospace warning, aerospace control and maritime warning to defend North America, began tracking Santa in 1955 when a child mistakenly called and asked to speak to Father Christmas.

Volunteers at Peterson Air Force Base answer an estimated 125,000 calls from children around the world to let them know where Santa is, and at what point he'll be arriving at their house. The newspaper had accidentally printed the wrong number, which was Col. Harry Shoup's private hotline for government officials.

Today, around 1,500 volunteers are taking phone calls and replying to emails from people around the globe.

"What's Santa going to get you for Christmas?" he asked, according to pool reports.

"It really gets you into the Christmas spirit", said Madison Hill, a student at Mississippi State University who got involved through Air Force family members stationed in Colorado Springs.

It can be noted that this is 63-years tradition of NORAD to help children track St. Nick's journey during the Christmas Eve.


The First Lady later tweeted that helping children track Santa was "becoming one of my favourite traditions". Trump asked the boy, who reportedly is named Coleman, in video footage that has since gone viral.

"There are Christmas carols in the background, everyone's very friendly, happy to be there". "Call me direct and be sure and dial the correct number", the advertisement said.

Nowadays, NORAD tracks Santa using all sorts of high-tech gear, including radar dishes, satellites and strategically placed "SantaCams".

It may have been an inconvenience at the time, but it sparked an annual tradition that was taken over by NORAD in 1958.

Santa will zig zag his way up and down Australia, making sure to visit every child's house before departing Australian airspace as he heads towards our northern neighbours.

"Yes sir, especially since my son Sam would want to see that as well", General O'Shaughnessy replied.

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