The Air Force is turning it’s radars toward the North Pole and getting ready to track one jolly ol’ elf as he pilots eight tiny reindeer across the globe, stopping only to deliver presents for all the good little girls and boys.
And, they aren’t alone. Folks from all over the world will be watching intently, so the know when to set out those milk and cookies when he comes to their town.
Yep, NORAD’s Santa Tracker is back for its 63th year, continuing the tradition that started on accident on Christmas Eve in 1955.
That year, an ad placed in a local Colorado Springs newspaper encouraged kids to call a phone number to find out Santa’s whereabouts on Christmas Eve, but instead of the intended number, the operations center for what is now called NORAD was printed.
Col. Harry Shoup was in charge that night, and instead of hanging up, he had his operators find Santa and report on his location.
NORAD is typically charged with detecting attacks against North America by aircraft, missiles or space vehicles, but on Christmas Eve, its high-tech tools of detection are repurposed to find and track Santa.