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Behind NORAD’s 59-Year History of Tracking Santa on Christmas Eve

Every year, a team of volunteers at NORAD tracks Santa online while answering phone calls and e-mails from kids across North America.

If you’re celebrating Christmas Eve tonight within 5 meters of a child, prepare to be peppered with multiple requests to visit That’s the website on which NORAD, the joint U.S.-Canada air defense command located in Colorado, tracks Santa Claus’ progress as he delivering gifts around the globe. The Associated Press has a great feature out on the 59-year-old program that explains how what began as a call center for kids to ring in to track the man in red has developed into this:

I’ve linked to the Boston Globe version below. It’s a fun little read that will highlights the folks who devote their time to this fun service. Check it out and let us know what you think.

Read more at The Boston Globe

Photo credit: Ramona Kaulitzki / Shutterstock


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