NORAD is now in its 62nd year of tracking Santa Claus on his annual worldwide tour, but the technology by which it accomplishes this task continues to change with the times.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) received a slew of mistaken phone calls in 1955 when a Colorado Springs newspaper had a typo in an ad aimed at kids anxious to know if Santa was close to their house, and thus, the Santa tracker was born. Known as the Continental Aerospace Defense Command at the time, the agency played along with the tykes, and ever since it has helped make sure that everyone knew where old Kris Kringle was at all times on Dec. 25th.
With the advent of the internet, the tracking went online, although a phone number is still provided for those who prefer to call (1-877-HI-NORAD). And with smartphones taking over the world, now there are even apps to help the hunt for the jolly one. You can download apps for Android and iOS.
And truly getting into the modern age, there is now a NORAD Tracks Santa skill for Amazon’s Alexa. Do note you will need to enter your rAmazon registered credit card security code or have Amazon text you code to enable to make sure your little tykes aren’t installing something they shouldn’t.
For those of you who visit the site itself, you’re going to find a couple dozen simple Christmas-themed games, Christmas music recorded by the U.S. Air Force Academy Band, numerous videos about the project and more to keep you entertained until the little ones go to bed.We are rather disappointed there is no word on receiving updates via Western Union telegram or Pony Express, but we think NORAD has done an amazing job of covering just about every other conceivable form of modern day communication.
Check out the trailer for the Santa tracker below, and then you’ll also know how to track Santa!
Were you a good little boy or girl this year and expecting a visit?