Christmas Traditions: Santa Tracking

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Tracking Santa is exciting for children on Christmas eve.

In 1955, a Sears Roebuck store in Colorado gave a number to a “Santa hotline”. However, the published misprint went to the Continental Air Defense Command {CONDAD}. “The Director of Operations, Colonel Harry Shoup, received the first call for Santa and responded by claiming to children that there were signs on the radar that Santa was indeed heading south from the North Pole.” And so a tradition began under the name NORAD.

In the past radio stations and meteorologists reported Santa’s location. Later children could call in on a phone and today Santa can be followed online.

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