NORAD Santa Tracker Still Operational Despite Government Shutdown!

The government shutdown will stop NORAD from tracking Santa’s slay on Christmas Eve.

More than 1,500 volunteers and military personnel will be on hand at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado to track Santa as he delivers toys to all the world’s good boys and girls as part of the North American Aerospace Defense Command’s annual holiday tradition.

The Santa tracker is something that my children look forward to every year. I have kids from 4 to 18, so it’s a big tradition in our household.

The Santa tracker began in 1955, when a child in Colorado Springs accidentally called the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) Operations Center looking for Kris Kringle after the local newspaper printed the wrong phone number.

Colonel Harry Shoup started the tradition that night, as he entertained any child that called in looking to track Santa Claus.

I honestly couldn’t imagine a Christmas without the Santa tracker now days. When I was a child, they used to track him on the local news of course, and we as kids would scurry off to bed.

NORAD was formed in 1958, and took over the Santa-tracking job previously held by CONAD. Thousands of NORAD volunteers work every Christmas Eve to update the tracker in seven languages and field children’s phone calls and emails.

NORAD’S Santa tracker website gets almost 9 million unique visitors from 200 countries and territories each year, and volunteers receive about 140,000 calls. NORAD also updates Santa’s travels on it’s Twitter feed.

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Matt Couch is the founder of America First Media & Investigations, and the CEO of the D.C. Chronicle. You can follow Matt on Twitter @RealMattCouch