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Santa Tracker: The Tradition Continues

The North American Aerospace Defense Command, more popularly referred to as NORAD, has begun their annual tradition of tracking the whereabouts of Santa Claus as he travels the globe spreading Christmas cheer.  With over 1,200 volunteers and technology the would make any nerd blush, NORAD expects to recieve over 80,000 calls this Christmas Eve from people all wondering the same thing, where is Santa Claus right now?

This lighthearted holiday tradition all began as a simple mistake (don’t all great ideas?) when a Colorado area newspaper misprinted a Sears ad promoting a hotline where kids could call Santa.  As a result of the typo, thousands of wide eyed children hoping to speak to Mr. Claus himself were instead shocked when the phone was answered by the Colorado based CONAD (NORAD’s predecessor).  As you can imagine, the officers manning the phones at the Aerospace Defense were equally surprised and some jokingly began to play along.  This innocent mistake, that could have easily been chalked up as an unfortunate typo and discontinued, gave way to a tradition that has now lasted over half a century.

As they do every year, NORAD expects to set new all-time highs this Christmas season.  The Santa tracking website has already had more than 2.2 million unique visitors and that’s as we only begin to enter the system’s busiest 48 hour period.  In addition to the hundred of telephones and wildly popular website, NORAD has introduce apps for both the iPhone and Android operating systems.  As of mid-December, the app had been downloaded over 234,000 times from the iTunes App Store and the Android Market.  So make sure you keep an eye on Santa’s whereabouts and time your baking accordingly, I have a hunch that ole Kris Kringle prefers his cookies fresh out of the oven and his milk still ice cold.

TRACK SANTA

http://www.noradsanta.org/en/

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4 Responses to Santa Tracker: The Tradition Continues

  1. I got the nerd in my life (my brother), something less electronic. It’s a book called “Sex on Six Legs: Life Lessons, Love & Language from the Insect World”. Although paper ‘nerdy’; I still thought it was appropriate!

  2. @The_Ev12 says:

    First Lady Michelle Obama has personally been answering some of NORAD’s Santa related inquiries.

    http://www.cnn.com/2011/12/24/politics/michelle-obama-santa/index.html

  3. NewStatusQuo says:

    This is so cute! I have been following Santa all night for my little sister. Makes me feel like a child again 🙂
    Merry Christmas!

  4. Money says:

    We watch it in this house!

    I think the wifey likes it more then the boy!

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