Tags: santa | tracker | travels

Santa Tracker Helps Kids (and Adults) Keep an Eye on St. Nick's Travels

Tuesday, 24 Dec 2013 03:01 PM

By Morgan Chilson

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Santa is airborne and anxious young eyes are scanning the sky, watching for the blink of a red Rudolph nose. For kids and parents wanting to track the path of the rotund, red-suited man across the sky, the North American Aerospace Defense Command is on the job, through its website, Twitter, and even a smartphone app called NORAD Tracks Santa.

With a “Last Seen” category and a running — very quickly running — tally of gifts delivered, the NORAD site follows the happy gift-giver around the globe, usually starting in the South Pacific, moving through New Zealand and Australia before flying toward Japan and Asia, according to The Associated Press.

Urgent: Do You Approve Or Disapprove of President Obama's Job Performance? Vote Now in Urgent Poll

In 2012, 114,000 phone calls were made to the NORAD organization about Santa, the AP said. More than 22 million unique visitors accessed the website and its Facebook page has more than 1.3 million followers.

NORAD Tracks Santa began by what many would call a happy accident. In 1955, a newspaper ad listed a hot line number to call Santa, only it got the number wrong. Calls came in to the organization that today is NORAD, and kids were so unhappy not to be getting Santa that commanders there told them they knew where Santa was, the AP said.

NORAD is a joint U.S.-Canadian venture at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo.

When kids call to chat with the volunteers who answer the phones, they ask a unique blend of questions, the AP said. Many want to know if they’re on the naughty or nice list, and other questions include “How much to adopt one of Santa’s reindeer?” and “Can you put my brother on the naughty list?”

This year, NORAD’s Christmas tradition pulled in a little bit of controversy when some criticized the fact that NORAD shows military jets accompanying the animated Santa across the sky.

Editor's Note: ObamaCare Is Here. Are You Prepared?

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
 
 
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved