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NORAD tracks Santa’s sleigh from Colorado Springs

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Christmas is closer than you think. Santa Claus is already in Malaysia and is headed west for a late-night arrival in the United States.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, has tracked Santa’s progress every Christmas Eve since 1955. The military installation usually monitors threats against the United States and Canada, but turns its radars on Santa each holiday.

The tradition started more than 50 years ago when a newspaper Sears-Roebuck ad told kids to dial a number if they wanted to talk to Santa.

But the number was one digit off. When the first call came to NORAD’s predecessor, a military colonel told an eager child he would check the radars for Santa.


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