NORAD Tracks Santa

It’s Christmas Eve, and regular readers know I have two traditional posts on this day. The first is NORAD Tracks Santa.

For those of you not in the know, NORAD Tracks Santa tracks Santa’s route in real time utilizing NORAD radar and Google Earth. His position is updated every five minutes, and even shows real “footage” of Santa flying through the different countries.

In our house, this is the best part of Christmas Eve, and it’s a family tradition. If you have younger kids at home, I would highly recommend it, especially if you have little ones at home. You can check it out at the link.

NORAD Tracks Santa

The Christmas Eve Tradition continues, as this is the thirteenth straight year I’ve begun the day with NORAD Tracks Santa. NTS tracks the travels of Santa Claus all day long, and you can monitor where he is at any given time online.

This year, however, I wanted to post the story of how NORAD Tracks Santa came to be.

On November 30, 1955, a phone rang on Col. Harry Shoup’s desk at Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD). CONAD was tasked with watching for a Soviet attack by air and alerting Strategic Air Command. In the midst of the Cold War, a phone call to Colonel Shoup’s desk could have brought critical news for national security.

However, when Colonel Shoup answered, the little voice on the other end asked “Is this Santa Claus?”

The colonel effectively told the kid to get bent, but eventually things changed.

Why call CONAD to reach Santa? It all started with a misdial. That year, Sears ran an ad where Santa invited young people to “Call me direct on my telephone.” However, one caller didn’t heed the ad’s warning to “be sure and dial the correct number,” and instead reached Colonel Shoup—sparking a chain of events that would become a Christmas tradition.

The week of Christmas, Shoup’s staff added Santa and his sleigh to the plexiglass map CONAD used to track unidentified aircraft. The joke sparked an idea and CONAD told press they “will continue to track and guard Santa and his sleigh on his trip to and from the U.S. against possible attack from those who do not believe in Christmas.”

If you get a chance, read the entire article. It’s an amazing piece.

That said, if you have young ones in the house, you can follow Santa by clicking here.

Santa, Call The Ball

For the last decade or so, there have always been two posts every Christmas Eve. The first one is a great site for the kids. NORAD Tracks Santa follows Santa Claus in real time as her makes his deliveries, and tracks where he is at any given moment.

This site is really cool. It tracks Santa’s route in real time utilizing NORAD radar and Google Earth. His position is updated every five minutes, and even shows real “footage” of Santa flying through the different countries. When my kids first saw this, they were hooked. They were laughing and pointing, and just getting excited for the holiday. It was great to see.

Of course, the first time I checked it, Santa was in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Naturally, I had to snark, “Jeez, I hope he gets out of there in one piece.”

You can track Santa by heading to the website here.

Tracking The Most Important Bogey

It’s Christmas Eve, and regular readers know I have at least two traditional posts on this day. The first is NORAD Tracks Santa.

For those of you not in the know, NORAD Tracks Santa tracks Santa’s route in real time utilizing NORAD radar and Google Earth. His position is updated every five minutes, and even shows real “footage” of Santa flying through the different countries.

In our house, this is the best part of Christmas Eve, and it’s a family tradition.

NORAD Tracks Santa

Shhh, be very, very quiet. We’re tracking Santa!

That’s right, kids, it’s Christmas Eve and if you have little ones at home – as I do – you may be spending your day tracking Santa’s location as he delivers presents to the good little boys and girls.

NORAD Tracks Santa shows Santa’s exact location around the world, and records his magical flight.

In our house, this is the best part of Christmas Eve, and a family tradition.

You can track Santa by going here. Merry Christmas!

Santa’s Comin’ Tonight, Tonight!

NORAD Tracks Santa

It’s Christmas Eve, and regular readers know I have two traditional posts on this day. The first is NORAD Tracks Santa.

For those of you not in the know, NORAD Tracks Santa tracks Santa’s route in real time utilizing NORAD radar and Google Earth. His position is updated every five minutes, and even shows real “footage” of Santa flying through the different countries.

In our house, this is the best part of Christmas Eve, and it’s a family tradition. If you have younger kids at home, I would highly recommend it. You can check it out at the link.

Santa, Call The Ball

NORAD Tracks SantaIt’s Christmas Eve, and regular readers know I have at least two traditional posts on this day. The first is NORAD Tracks Santa.

For those of you not in the know, NORAD Tracks Santa tracks Santa’s route in real time utilizing NORAD radar and Google Earth. His position is updated every five minutes, and even shows real “footage” of Santa flying through the different countries.

In our house, this is the best part of Christmas Eve, and it’s a family tradition.