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Keep Track of Santa on Christmas Eve

Keep Track of Santa on Christmas EveDid you know that NORAD has been tracking Santa's progress every Christmas since 1955?  It's true!  And now you can track Santa no matter where you may be: via website, Google Earth and social media.  You can track him on your mobile phone with Google Maps for Mobile, too.  Wouldn't you know it?  There's even an app for that.  Keeping track of Santa's whereabouts on Christmas Eve is even easier than ever before.

Like all great inventions (potato chips, teflon, silly putty and penicillin..yes, I mentioned all of those in the same breath), tracking Santa began by accident.  The local Colorado Springs paper ran its annual ad by Sears & Roebuck giving out a phone number for kids to call up and speak to Santa directly.  Unfortunately (or not, depending on how you look at it), someone at the paper misprinted the number.  Instead of the North Pole, callers actually were rung through to the hotline of the Commander-in-Chief of CONAD (the predecessor of NORAD).  Not one to disappoint the children, Director of Operations Colonel Harry Shoup played along by ordering the staff to track Santa's whereabouts via radar.  Thus, a tradition was born and continues to this day.

Beginning Saturday, December 24, 2011, you can track Santa's sleigh thanks to NORAD using any of these methods below:

I guess no one can be stealthy in today's world if even Santa's every move can be tracked.  Hmm...I'm not sure how I feel about that.  Maybe George Orwell was right, albeit a couple of decades short.  Oh well.  Forget Matt Lauer!  I'll be playing "Where in the World is Santa?" this Christmas Eve.  Happy holidays, everyone!

Pamela Cendejas, Real Estate Virtual Assistant – Second Self Virtual Assistance: When There Isn’t Enough of You to Go Around!

Originally posted on my Real Estate Support blog here: http://real-estate-support.com/2011/12/keep-track-of-santa-on-christmas-eve/.

Comment balloon 6 commentsPamela Cendejas • December 22 2011 04:34PM

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Hhhmmm! Call me Scrooge, but do you get a blank screen???

Posted by Jayne Esposito, SRES, GREEN (Coldwell Banker ) almost 8 years ago

Hey Pamela, that is a great History Lesson on the "Santa Tracking" I remember it now that you reminded me:)

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) almost 8 years ago

Now with the internet, Santa can't make a step we can't follow

Posted by Vern Eaton, Realtor 651-674-7449 almost 8 years ago

It works fine for me, Jayne.  What link did you click on that gave you a blank screen?

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) almost 8 years ago

I wrote a blog about NORAD a few years ago, Endre.  Thought it was worth repeating.  Merry Christmas.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) almost 8 years ago

You're right, Vern.  And, neither can we, it seems. 

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) almost 8 years ago

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