Christmas Eve has finally arrived and figuring out when Santa will arrive is on the minds of many children around the world. Thankfully, the NORAD Santa Tracker is up and running, giving kids a way to keep tabs on Old St. Nick, much to the relief of many parents who will undoubtedly be asked, “Where is Santa right now?” several times before their children go to bed tonight.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command’s interactive Santa Tracker went live at 12:01 a.m. MST on December 24 and will continue to follow the Jolly Old Elf’s journey around the world until he has delivered all of his gifts to girls and boys who are (hopefully) fast asleep.
Never too old for NORAD’s Santa Tracker http://t.co/D0L6bkbIA0! We’re ready w/ chocolate chip cookies, Santa! pic.twitter.com/40txIh140G
— VintageMom (@VintageMom51) December 24, 2014
According to a previous report from the Inquisitr, there are several ways to find out where Santa is by using the NORAD Santa Tracker. Use the interactive online site, a smartphone app for iPhone or Android smartphones, or by calling 1-877-HI-NORAD to speak to one of the 1,250 volunteers who man the phone lines on Christmas Eve.
The New Hartford reports that after Santa leaves the North Pole, he will have quite a bit of traveling to do before he reaches the U.S.A. Rudolph and the rest of Santa’s reindeer will reportedly travel through Asia, Africa, and Europe before flying across the Atlantic Ocean to drop gifts off in North and South America.
Syracuse.com reports that the tradition of tracking Santa started almost 60 years ago, but NORAD wasn’t the first to start what has now become a yearly trend. Instead, it was an error in a Sears catalog that started it all.
“In 1955 a Sears Roebuck & Co. advertisement misprinted a telephone number for children to call Santa. Instead, kids were put through to the CONAD Commander-in-Chief’s operations “hotline.” The Director of Operations told his staff to check for signs of Santa flying down from the North Pole, and callers were given updates on his location. NORAD took over the tradition in 1958, and has been carrying it on ever since.”
Will you be tracking Santa with your children or grandchildren on Christmas Eve?