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Where’s Santa? NORAD is tracking him here


Children wondering where Santa is don't have to run to the window and throw up the sash, looking for the miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer. NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, does that with great precision, aCnd started at midnight.

Because, you know, NORAD has to watch any approach of the U.S. and Canada from the north, so any object in the sky is going to show up on the radar. Particularly one being led by a glowing nose And they wouldn't want to scramble the fighters and scare the spit out of Rudolph, or buzz too close and have Santa dump his load of toys somewhere over the Yukon Territories.

But all this technology means that children who are dying to know "When will Santa be here?" don't have to settle for imprecise answers from their parents. No. They can check it online and get the definitive scoop.

In the spirit of Christmas harmony in the household, Spin Control is happy to present a link to this government service. If the embedded feature above isn't working on your computer, click here.

Jim Camden
Jim Camden joined The Spokesman-Review in 1981 and retired in 2021. He is currently the political and state government correspondent covering Washington state.

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