Can you believe that Christmas Eve is almost here?
Christmas Eve marks the night where millions of kids all over the world go to bed with the hopes they made it on Santa’s nice list and will be welcomed in the morning with gifts under the tree.
Well, aside from that magic feeling, kids can also track Santa as he delivers presents around the world!
In case you didn’t know, every year for the past 67 years, NORAD (The North American Aerospace Defense Command) has tracked Santa’s sleigh every Christmas Eve.
Like many origin stories, NORAD’s mission to track Santa began 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.
Aside from tracking Santa on Christmas Eve, kids can actually call into NORAD and ask questions about Santa and even ask where he is currently delivering presents to.
A real-life Santa helper will answer the phone to answer questions from excited kids. Cute, right?
You’ll be able to track Santa beginning Christmas Eve right on the NORAD Website. You can also call 1-877-HI-NORAD to have questions about Santa answered.