For more than 50 years, NORAD and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) have tracked Santa’s flight.
The tradition began in 1955 after a Colorado Springs-based Sears Roebuck & Co. advertisement misprinted the telephone number for children to call Santa. Instead of reaching Santa, the phone number put kids through to the CONAD Commander-in-Chief's operations "hotline." 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. Children who called were given updates on his location, and a tradition was born.
"Maggie" The Christmas Puppy
Photo courtesy: Anne Decker
As we celebrate this holiday season, please take a few moments to make certain that you and your loved ones have a safe holiday.
- Don’t leave holiday decorations with candles or electrical lights unattended.
- When buying toys for children, check to make certain the toy is age appropriate.
- Be careful to keep many of the holiday treats, such as, chocolates away from pets.
- If you are traveling this holiday season, allow plenty of time to arrive at your destination. Don’t rush.
- When shopping, don’t leave unattended packages out in plain sight in your vehicle while parked.
- Shop with a friend; remember there is safety in numbers.
- Don’t drink and drive!
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