NORAD keeping an eye on Santa

Amanda Elston
Staff Writer

Set the milk and cookies out and finish wrapping those presents because Santa Claus is on his way!
For the 60th year, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) is tracking Santa on his route across the world via satellites, radar systems, and SantaCams.
“We turn the cameras on about one hour before Santa enters a country, then switch them off after we capture the images of him and the reindeer,” the NORAD Santa website reads.
NORAD has tracked Santa Claus and his eight, tiny reindeer after a misprint in a Colorado Spring based Sears Roebuck & Co advertisement. The misprint directed children to call CONAD, (the predecessor to NORAD) rather than Santa Claus.
“The Director of Operations at the time, Colonel Harry Shoup, had his staff check the radar for indications of Santa making his way south from the North Pole,” according to the NORAD Santa website. “Children who called were given updates on his location, and a tradition was born.”
In order to join in on the fun today, click on the NORAD link located on this page to track Santa with your family. The countdown to Christmas has begun!