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NORAD Ready to Track Santa's Arrival in Framingham

December 21, 2012 (6:02 pm EST)
Filed under: Arts / Culture by News Staff
2012 NORAD Santa Tracker

2012 NORAD Santa Tracker

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Months become weeks, weeks become days, and as December 25th approaches, children's questions like; "How long until Christmas?", and "Are you sure Santa knows where our house is?", come with increasing frequency.

Thanks to NORAD, (the North American Aerospace Defense Command), kids of all ages can track Santa's travels on Christmas Eve with radar accuracy -- and spend time on the NORAD Santa Tracker Website playing games and enjoying other activities while they wait for the jolliest elf to arrive.

2012 NORAD Santa Tracker website, kid's activities.

The Countdown Calendar has all kids of games and activities on the 2012 NORAD Santa Tracker website


In the "Activities" section of the website is a Countdown Calendar.  Starting on December 1st, each day of the month brings a new activity.

Kids can click on the numbers on the Countdown Calendar to access new, free online Christmas themed games.

Games include classics like Word-Find, and Tetris-like games that require hand-eye coordination.  Most games have several levels from "EASY" to "VERY HARD" so even the youngest kids can play.

History of the NORAD Santa Tracker:

1955 Sears Christmas Ad mistakenly publishes Air Force hotline number

1955 Sears Christmas Ad mistakenly publishes U.S. Air Force / CONAD phone number, encourages kids to call Santa.

In 1955, a U.S. Air Force agency called "CONAD", (the Continental Air Command), had it's phone number, (ME2-6681), mistakenly published in Christmas ad for the Sears Roebuck store in Colorado Springs, CO.

The ad encouraged kids to call the number to talk to Santa.

In the spirit of Christmas, CONAD Operations Director, Col. Harry Shoup had staff give children updates on Santa's location.

Three years later, the United States and Canada formed NORAD, and the agency decided to follow Col. Shoup's lead, and made the "Santa Hotline" a favorite annual event for the agency.

From 1955 to 1996, the "Santa Tracker" was a call-in telephone hotline and newspapers, radio and television programs promoted it to children across the country.

In 1997, Santa went high-tech, and the agency created the NORAD Santa Tracker website -- which has been updated over the past 15 years to include "live satellite tracking" and fun, interactive activities for kids.

2012 NORAD Santa Tracker - Official Promo Video

Visit the  NORAD Santa Tracker website





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