When I was younger and with my dad on Christmas Eve, before bedtime we would always check the Santa tracker through NORAD. NORAD is the North American Aerospace Defense Command and is a bi-national organization through Canada and the United States. They are in control of aerospace warning and aerospace control and maritime warning in the defense of North America.

According to, NORAD was previously known as CONRAD or the Continental Air Defense Command and was based in Colorado Springs, CO. Apparently the whole Santa tracker through NORAD was all started because of a typo! Sears put out an ad for children to call and talk to Santa, but the number printed was one digit off and went right to a top secret NORAD crisis line that was pretty much only used if the Russians were attacking. Above is a picture of the ad from They say that at first the Colonel answering the phone was at first really confused and thought it was a prank or something with the phones got messed up, but he decided to go along with it and they started getting lots of calls from little kids wanting to talk to Santa. The CONRAD staff not only listened to the children’s requests, but also provided them with informational updates of Santa’s whereabouts. According to NORAD, on Christmas Eve there are about 1500 military volunteers that answer phone calls, emails, and update the Santa tracker online. They can even talk to you in 7 different languages! According to, Santa travels at the speed of starlight and that is how he is able to deliver all of the presents! (I am positive that the Archers I fly cannot go that fast, but that would be really cool!) I just checked the Santa tracker and he is currently in Spain, so I still have a little bit of time to get those cookies made and I can’t forget the carrots for the reindeer! Merry Christmas!


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