(WSPA/PRESS RELEASE)– The North American Aerospace Defense Command are preparing once again to help children around the world track Santa’s location on Christmas Eve.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Starting at 4 a.m. MST Christmas Eve, children can call a toll-free number, 877-446-6723 (877-Hi-NORAD) or email email@example.com to ask where Santa is on his fabled journey.
Volunteers work in shifts, taking the last calls at 3 a.m. MST Christmas Day.
WHY DOES NORAD ‘TRACK’ SANTA?
It started in 1955 when a Colorado Springs newspaper ad invited children to call Santa Claus but accidentally listed the number for the hotline at the Continental Air Defense Command, NORAD’s predecessor.
Air Force Col. Harry Shoup took a call from a child and thought he was being pranked. When he figured out he was talking to a little boy, he pretended he was Santa.
More children called, and Shoup instructed airmen to play along.
It’s now a tradition, beloved by kids and the military. Volunteers range from generals and admirals to enlisted men and women, who sometimes report for telephone duty in military uniform and a Santa hat.