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The official Santa Claus tracker countdown is happening now, when we can all enjoy the days leading up to Santa's Christmas Eve travels with games, music, books, and videos.
What makes this so fun is watching Santa and his reindeer fly all over the world, and seeing where they are as they head to New England.
According to the North America Aerospace Defense Command or NORAD, the organization use satellites, radar, and pilots to track Santa all around the globe as he delivers presents. NORAD, which is in Mount Cheyenne in Colorado Springs, Colorado, says the countdown to Santa's big night is now live for the season. Yes, it truly brings such enjoyment for the young and young at heart.
And wait until you hear about its magical beginnings, if you don't already know.
NORAD has been tracking Santa during his Christmas Eve deliveries since 1955. And there's such a magical story on how it started, too. According to NORAD, it happened purely by accident.
In 1955 a young child, trying to reach Santa, dialed the misprinted phone number from a department store ad in the local newspaper. Instead of calling Santa, the child called the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) Operations Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Air Force Col. Harry Shoup, the commander on duty that night who answered the child’s phone call, was quick to realize a mistake had been made and assured the child he was Santa. After more incoming calls, Shoup assigned a duty officer to continue answering calls and a tradition was born, that continued when NORAD was formed in 1958. Each year since, NORAD has dutifully reported Santa’s location on Dec. 24 to millions of children and families across the world. Because of the support, services and resources generously provided by volunteers and our government and corporate contributors, NORAD Tracks Santa has persevered for more than 65 years.
Here are all the ways you can track Santa: