The Coronavirus is officially the Grinchiest Grinch there ever was. However, the tradition of tracking Santa with NORAD is still on, with very few changes!
Things are different this year, but any normalcy we can provide to our children is super important. We always used the North American Aerospace Defense Command to track Santa’s movements on Christmas Eve, it was such a fun thing to do with the kids.
They have officially announced that NORAD will track Santa this year starting on Dec. 24th! This is something NORAD has done for 65 years!
There will be a few changes, but that’s ok! In previous years, kids were able to call and talk to volunteers to check on Santa, they can still do that this year, but they may not all get answered by a human.
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On a “normal” Christmas eve about 1,500 volunteers would spend over 20 hours at the Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs just to answer the phone calls from excited children.
They would work with 150-160 volunteers at a time for 2-hour shifts. About 130,000 calls are usually taken by the volunteers.
We understand this is a time-honored tradition, and we know undoubtedly there is going to be some disappointment. But we’re trying to keep it safe for everyone involved.Preston Schlachter – NORAD spokesman
This year, due to restrictions in place due to the Coronavirus, they will have maybe 10 people per shift answering phones. So there is really no way they could possibly answer all of the calls.
This would be a good year to skip the call and just watch the NORAD Santa Tracker online. Or you could still call, if you get a human, that’s great, if not you will get a recorded update on Santa’s current location.
I’m so glad they are still doing this! Of course my children are grown past this stage, but this is such a treat for young kids!
Did you know that this whole thing started back in 1955 after a kid dialed a misprinted number? A department store posted an ad in the newspaper with a number to call Santa, they accidentally printed the number to NORAD.
Air Force Col. Harry Shoup had answered that call, and when the child asked for Santa he quickly jumped into the roll! How awesome is that?
The NORAD Tracks Santa website will be up and running normally starting December 1st.
There is also an app you can add to your phone for tracking Santa. The tracking Santa apps will be available soon on Google Play and the Apple Store.
If you do want to call, you can call the NORAD Tracks Santa toll-free number at 1-877-Hi-NORAD.