I’m not too big into all the Commercial Christmas hooplah yadayada… but I am big into the Christmas tradition and traditional Christmas fun. And so, I’m stoked that Norad Santa will officially go live tomorrow, December 1, 2010… awesome! See http://www.noradsanta.org or if you’re on Twitter you can follow him @noradsanta or on FB see www.facebook.com/noradnorthcom
I’ve covered off details of NORAD Santa a number of times over the years… add to that, I’ve also used the service to track Santa ever since I was a little kid. For details check out:
- The NORAD Santa Tradition Continues with expanded Social Media presence – some history
- Believe again!! NORAD Santa prepares to Track Santa on Christmas Eve – mobile app too!
- For more than 50 years, NORAD is Tracking Santa
- Believe!! NORAD Santa prepares to Track Santa on Christmas Eve
The tradition began after a Colorado Springs-based Sears Roebuck & Co. store advertisement for children to call Santa on a special “hotline” included an inadvertently misprinted telephone number. Instead of Santa, the phone number put kids through to the CONAD Commander-in-Chief’s operations “hotline.” The Director of Operations, Colonel Harry Shoup, received the first “Santa” call on Christmas Eve 1955.