Here's why kids were calling North American Aerospace Defence Command to ask where Santa Claus was with their presents

Here's why kids were calling North American Aerospace Defence Command to ask where Santa Claus was with their presents

A mix-up had kids ringing US Aerospace Defence Command seeking Santa’s whereabouts and staff played along

Santa Claus trackers worldwide will go live tomorrow, just in time for all fans of Christmas to follow the progress of St Nick as he makes his deliveries across the globe.

The Norad Santa Tracker is operated by the North American Aerospace Defence Command, which helps the United States and Canada detect objects from outer space entering the Earth’s atmosphere, as well as attacks from other countries, such as missiles or fighter planes.

It was a simple misprint of a novelty hotline number for kids to find out Santa’s location that led them to dial Norad’s number instead. The commander at the time decided that Norad staff should reply to these children’s calls, and update them with Santa’s “current location”. Despite its humble, accidental origins, it is now in its 62nd year of tracking Santa’s sleigh.


 

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People looking for a Santa tracker aren’t limited to the Norad offering; Google has joined the fray, with their website offering not only a Santa tracker, but also an advent calendar that features a different game every day leading up to Christmas. Additionally, it features a section where people can learn more about different Christmas cultures around the world. Visitors can also learn coding with Santa and his reindeer.

Both will launch their Santa trackers tomorrow, so keep an eye on the countdown timer if you want to follow Santa as he crosses the globe, spreading love and good cheer ... and presents!

Edited by Nicole Moraleda

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
When is Santa Claus coming to town?

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