The countdown to Santa's liftoff is on and the Norad Santa Tracker's got everything families need to keep track of his whereabouts and much more. I love the Norad Santa Tracker and my family enjoyed it every year while my kids were little. 

The history of the NORAD tracker is very interesting. It started way back in 1955 when a Sears Roebuck & Co. advertisement in Colorado Springs misprinted the telephone number for kids to call Santa. Oops! So kids ended up calling the CONAD Commander-in-Chief's operations "hotline" instead, talking to the Director of Operations at that time who was Colonel Harry Shoup (Santa?). Shoup decided to "play along" with the kids and had his staff check the radar for indications of Santa making his way south from the North Pole. After that, kids who ended up calling that wrong number were given updates on Santa's location on Christmas Eve. You can imagine how much fun it was for Colonel Shoup and his staff to continue doing that and of course, it became an annual tradition.  Fast forward a little bit to 1958 when Canada and the U.S. decided to create a bi-national air defense command for North America called the North American Aerospace Defense Command, also known as NORAD, which then took on the tradition of tracking Santa and families all over have been enjoying this ever since.

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So every Christmas, NORAD volunteers respond to phone calls and emails from children all around the world but they also show everyone where Santa is in the world on their website, www.noradsanta.org. Plus the website has other fun features with games, music, movies, and more. It's a wealth of information and fun. You and your kids or grandkids will love it!

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