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For 62nd year, NORAD takes calls from kids awaiting Santa

Elizabeth Kids Track Santa Online via NORAD Site Elizabeth Kids Track Santa Online via NORAD Site
Melody Ballard | 25 December, 2017, 16:32

Now children around the globe can follow along Kris Kringle's annual yuletide journey online at noradsanta.org starting at 2:01 a.m. on December 24.

As the world awaits the arrival of a saint dressed in red, U.S. military helps children track Santa Claus through NORAD.

You can track Santa online with NORAD as well as through its mobile app.

It reportedly all started when an ad telling children to call Santa but a misprint resulted in calls being made to the on-duty crew commander at the Continental Air Defense Command Operations Center.

Airport have revealed they are expecting Santa to arrive just before midnight.

After that, he shoots up to Japan, over to Asia, across to Africa, then onto Western Europe, Canada, the United States, Mexico and Central and South America.

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New this year, Amazon's voice-activated computer service Alexa will be relaying NORAD Tracks Santa updates through the Echo device once the function has been enabled.

The NORAD Santa Tracker first started in 1955, but the history of the Santa Tracker is actually pretty amusing and ridiculous.

The Santa Tracker has traditionally been put on by the North American Aerospace Defense Command - also known as NORAD - since the mid-1950's.

A department store advert posted in the Colorado Springs newspaper had provided a phone number where children could call up Santa.

Children around the world can call the Avaya-powered Santa tracking hotline at 1-877-HI-NORAD, to speak with NORAD Santa tracking experts.

Fortunately for Col. Harry Shoup, the director of operations, the United States had not gone to war with Russian Federation.

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