Alas, we are now only a few hours away from Christmas. This means that children all over the world are preparing for the arrival of Santa Claus.
Do you have a child who can’t wait for Santa and his reindeer to arrive? You can track Santa’s journey around the world with the help of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).
NORAD, a joint US-Canadian organization, is in charge of tracking everything flying in and out of the two countries. NORAD has a critical mission around the holidays: track Santa.
It’s a NORAD tradition that began accidentally in 1955 and has lasted more than 60 years. NORAD’s annual mission has continued since then.
NORAD does not begin tracking Santa until their radars notify them that he has taken to the air on Christmas Eve, around 4 a.m. ET.
NORAD’s website allows you to track Santa’s movements around the world.
NORAD also provides a phone line that is available for 23 hours beginning on Christmas Eve. According to Lt. Sean Carter, the NORAD Tracks Santa Program Manager, the call center received over 53,000 calls last year.