Sunday, December 23, 2018

NORAD Tracks Santa on Christmas Eve

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Tomorrow is Christmas Eve and every year about this time I try to let my readers know about a great service that is provided by NORAD.
 
The government entity NORAD is a combined effort of the US and Canada that “provides aerospace warming, air sovereignty, and defense of North America”.  Basically it tracks anything in the air to make sure it is not a threat to North America and they’ve been doing that since 1958.  However, since they are uniquely qualified to track aircraft, the organization also is uniquely qualified to track Santa!!!
 
To follow Santa on his journey around the world bringing toys to all the boys and girls, go to the NORAD Santa Tracker.  For those truly interested in when Santa will arrive in their area, the trackers have a phone bank setup where they can answer those types of questions for you!  The trackers are real life soldiers who work at NORAD and they volunteer their time every year to provide this service.
 
I personally want to thank all of the folks in the armed forces who donate their time to this worthy cause every year.  Thanks for bringing Christmas joy to so many of us.  I’ve called and spoken with them before and it was a great experience for the kids involved with that call.  I cannot say enough about how grateful I am for all you do!!!  I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank all of the brave men and women who are serving our country and keeping the rest of us safe from those who would do us harm.  Your sacrifice is appreciated by me more than words can tell and will always be remembered by me and those I love.
 
If you would like to read the complete history of how NORAD came to provide this valuable and FREE service to kids and families, Wikipedia has the whole history of the program here.  I’ve got to say it’s a pretty neat read and something that shows how a “happy accident” can bring joy to so many.
 
The good people at Google have also created a Santa Tracker that can be accessed by clicking here.
 
I don’t think they have a phone service like NORAD does, but their tracker is pretty neat. 

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