The began in 1948, when The US Air Force released a statement that an “early warning radar net to the north” had detected “one unidentified sleigh, powered by eight reindeer, at 14,000 feet [4,300 meters], heading 180 degrees.” This was reported to the world by the Associated Press, making it the first time there was ever a reference to Santa by the Armed Forces.
In 1955, the program began because of a misprinted Sears ad that gave out a number for children to call Santa. Unfortunately, the number was off by one digit, and Colorado’s branch of CORAD took the call. Someone on the staff the next year saw a good PR opportunity for CORAD, and began the concept. Eventually, NORAD took over for CORAD, and the organization began accepting volunteers to take incoming calls about where Santa is currently located.
NORAD isn’t the only organization that tracks Santa. Here is a list of the websites and applications where you can track Santa.
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