Where in the world is Santa Claus?
Members of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) will again have your answer this Christmas.
That means starting at 1:01 CST on Dec. 24, you can actually start watching Jolly Old Saint Nicholas prepare for his flight.
NORAD’s Santa Cams will stream live as Santa starts his journey.
Then, at 5 a.m. CST, you can actually call NORAD’s hotline to speak to a live phone operator to find out exactly where Santa is at the time of your call. Just dial 1-877-Hi-NORAD (1-877-446-6723) or you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Tradition Begins
2017 marks 62 years since the team started tracking Santa Claus.
The tradition started in 1955 when an advertisement misprinted the phone number to call Santa direct. Instead of reach the jolly elf, kids got the Crew Commander on duty at the Continental Air Defense Command Operations Center.
According to a release from NORAD, members of the team use satellites, high-powered radar, jet fighters, and special Santa cameras to track him as he makes his journey around the world.
So, what does NORAD do when they aren’t keeping an eye on the man in red? Members of the organization are charged with “the missions of aerospace warning, aerospace control, and maritime warning for North America. Aerospace warning includes the monitoring of man-made objects in space, and the detection, validation, and warning of attack against North America whether by aircraft, missiles, or space vehicles, through mutual support arrangements with other commands.”