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Santa Tracking Begins

Posted by wlpo on December 24, 2012

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AP) – Volunteers are pulling on their Santa hats, phone lines are set, and tracking screens are ready – NORAD Tracks Santa is primed for its 57th annual goodwill mission.

Santa trackers start taking calls early today, telling children – and some adults – when Santa is due at their house. The last shift won’t end until nearly 24 hours later. The number is 877-HI-NORAD or 877-446-6723.

NORAD Tracks Santa began in 1955 when a newspaper ad listed the wrong phone number for kids to call Santa. They wound up calling the Continental Air Defense Command, NORAD’s predecessor.

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