Can’t wait to start tracking Santa? This is when NORAD starts –

This still image provided by NORAD shows NORAD’s Santa Tracker on Friday, December 24, 2021. In what has become its own popular tradition, the Colorado-based North American Aerospace Defense Command provides Real-time updates on Santa’s progress on December 24, 2021. 4am to midnight MST. NORAD’s Santa Tracker allows families to view Santa Claus in 3D as he transits the South Pacific, Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas. (NORAD via AP)

(NEXSTAR) – With Thanksgiving in the rearview mirror, Christmas is about a month away. That means that in just a few short weeks, Santa Claus will be coming to town.

Can’t wait to see where Santa and his reindeer are on Christmas Eve? With a little help from the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), you can follow Santa Claus on his journey around the world.

NORAD, a joint organization between the US and Canada, is responsible for tracking everything that flies in and around the two countries. Around Christmas time, NORAD has a crucial mission: track down Santa.

It’s a tradition NORAD has carried on for more than 60 years that began, accidentally, in 1955. That year, a young woman called the Continental Air Defense Command Operations Center in Colorado Springs thinking she would speak to Santa after seeing a ad in your local newspaper. .

The commander on the other end of the phone, Air Force Colonel Harry Shoup, realized the mistake and assured the girl Santa would arrive safely by Christmas. She was not the last girl to call the unregistered phone number that night. Ultimately, the tradition was born and continued with NORAD after its creation in 1958, according to its website


Thanks to the Internet, millions of children and those patiently waiting for Santa can track down the man in red on the NORAD website.

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