Monday, December 24, 2007

Track Santa Through NORAD

For those of you unfamiliar with this tradition, read below:

"For more than 50 years, NORAD and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) have tracked Santa. The tradition began on Christmas Eve in 1955 after a Colorado Springs-based Sears Roebuck & Co. store advertisement for children to call Santa on a special "hotline" included an inadvertently misprinted telephone number. Instead of Santa, the phone number put kids through to the CONAD Commander-in-Chief's operations "hotline." ...Thus, the tradition was born."
- From "Why we track Santa" at

To track Santa or to view NORAD's Santa tracking website in other languages, go directly to their home page by clicking the button below:

More About NORAD
(North American Aerospace Defense Command)

"NORAD uses a variety of technological tools to watch for any man-made threat that might come from the skies – that includes missiles, jets, or spacecraft. The Command does not monitor comets, meteorites or any other so-called natural threats, but it does monitor the progress of Santa Claus on Christmas Eve through the NORAD Tracks Santa program. Since the tragic events of 9/11, NORAD’s role – which previously was outward-looking – now includes monitoring airspace within North America."

Until recently, NORAD operated out of Cheyenne Mountain. Yes, that's the same base that houses the... wait... hold on there's someone at my door...

Oh, er... nevermind. I can't tell you about that ;)



storyteller said...

Thanks for reminding me about this. We used to do this when my nieces and nephews were little, but I'd forgotten about it. I'll bet there are others who don't know and who would love the link ... though it seems a bit late now. I'll try to remember for next year (adding a note in my PalmLifeDrive next to the one for Operation Santa Claus).
Hugs and blessings,

Melissa said...

PDAs are great for this :)