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With Santa’s arrival imminent, The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) has a firm lock on a glowing object moving quickly across the skies, and can confirm that it is indeed Rudolph’s bright red nose, according to Susan Alexander, a volunteer for the organization,.
The group has been tracking Santa every Christmas Eve, for 57 years, using radar, satellites, Santa Cams and jet fighters.
It all started when Sears Roebuck & Co. advertised their Santa hotline in a 1955 publication. “Hey Kiddies, call me direct on my telephone,” the ad said with a portrait of Saint Nick and ... the wrong phone number.
Instead of calling the store, children reached CONAD (the Continental Air Defense Command which later became NORAD). Luckily for everyone, Colonel Harry Shoup was in charge at the time. Rather than turn the kids away, he told his staff to check their radar and provide updates on Santa’s location, all night long. And as the official NORAD website says, “a tradition was born.”
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