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NORAD Santa tracker

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All eyes were on Santa's North Pole headquarters as the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) launched its program to track his journey delivering presents to children around the world.

For more than 50 years the joint American and Canadian air defense command has monitored Santa's trip and kept excited kids up-to-date on his exact whereabouts.

Families all over the world can follow Santa.

The tracking tradition dates back to 1955, when a Colorado newspaper advertisement printed a phone number to connect children with the cheerful Christmas icon that mistakenly directed them to NORAD's hotline.

To avoid disappointing the little ones, NORAD's director of operations at the time, Colonel Harry Shoup, ordered his staff to check the radar to see where Santa might be and update the children on his location.

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