Before GPS, do you know how Santa Clause delivered all those packages without missing a single house, a hut or an igloo? He did it all with a little help from his friends at Norad, the North American Aerospace Defense Command!
Norad’s tradition of tracking Santa’s Christmas eve stops started in 1955, as the result of a happy accident. That year Sears Roebuck & Co took out an ad with a number for kids to place a call directly to Santa Clause. Unfortunately, the number was mistyped and the calls were instead routed to a government office where they were answered by Colonel Harry Shoup.
Unwilling to disappoint thousands of excited kids, Shoup decided to “track” Santa’s progress. With each successive call Shoup updated Santa’s route as he made his way from the North to the South Pole. How cool is that?
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Today Norad is still Santa’s busiest elf, and it runs a website that’s a great one-stop-shop for everything you need to know about Santa, Christmas, and yes, when he’s about to drop into your neighborhood!
Check it out: Norad’s website has games, movies, music, activities and articles for you and your friends to enjoy as you countdown to Christmas. Want a timesaving hint? Click on the, “North Pole,” icon first and from there you can maneuver around the site by clicking on the town map.
Do you have younger siblings or cousins? If so, head on over to the Gift Shop where you can print out a cool looking letter from Santa for them. But first, be sure to hit the Music Stage where you can get some background sounds while you cruise the site.
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If you want to do a little gaming, the Arcade features standard fare like Tic Tac Toe and Flapping Birds. A new game is revealed each day, so be sure to check in often.
But Norad’s awesome holiday site isn’t all fun and games (not that there would be anything wrong with that!).
There’s also a great Library you can check out for those times when you’re supposed to be working on your homework!
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