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NORAD Tracking Santa Despite Government Shutdown

Fear not good boys and girls, because the government shutdown is having no effect on the North American Aerospace Defense Command’s annual mission to track the yuletide journey of Santa Claus around the world.

NORAD has tracked Jolly Old Saint Nicholas’ Christmas Eve adventure since 1955 with satellites, radar, jet fighters and “special Santa cameras.”

According to NORAD’s Secret Santa Files:

“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.” 

Multimedia journalist James Cullum is Managing Editor of Homeland Security Today's Federal Pages. He has reported for over a decade to newspapers, magazines and websites in the D.C. metro area. He excels at finding order in chaotic environments, from slave liberations in South Sudan to the halls of the power in Washington, D.C.

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