It’s almost Christmas and the ultimate traveler, aka Santa Claus, will begin his flight all over the the world to bring presents to little girls and boys celebrating Christmas. With the help of NORAD — which is celebrating the 61st Anniversary of tracking Santa’s yuletide journey! — you can follow the jolly old elf’s travels and get an idea of his ETA down your chimney.
For 61 years, NORAD and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) have tracked Santa’s flight. The tradition began in 1955 after a Colorado Springs-based Sears Roebuck & Co. advertisement misprinted the telephone number for children to call Santa. Instead of reaching Santa, the phone number put kids through to the CONAD Commander-in-Chief’s operations “hotline.” The Director of Operations at the time, Colonel Harry Shoup, had his staff check the radar for indications of Santa making his way south from the North Pole. Children who called were given updates on his location, and a tradition was born.
So let the Santa tracking begin! Thanks to Norad Santa Tracker, we know that at this very moment the jolly old elf is in the aptly named Old Man By the Sea, Saipan, Northern Mariana Island (nope, we didn’t know that was an island either).
Happy travels Santa and Merry Christmas!