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Tracking Santa on radar

This is a fun thing for the kids. The annual North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) Santa page is up and running and will track Santa on Christmas Eve as he makes his way across the globe. Tracking will begin at midnight (MST); click here to see the site. It also includes games and activities in multiple languages. There are free Santa tracking apps in the iTunes store and the Android market if you want to follow Santa's progress on your phone.

According to a press release from the American Forces Press Service, this all started in 1955 when Sears published an ad that included a phone number to call Santa. The phone number was misprinted, though, and children ended up calling the Continental Air Defense Command operations center (which preceded NORAD). The colonol on duy went along with the requests, giving kids updates on Santa's location.  Now the annual effort includes more than a thousand volunteers and dozens of sponsors.

With that, I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. I probably won't post again until Tuesday.

Nina Culver
Nina Culver is a freelancer for The Spokesman-Review's daily newspaper and weekly Voice sections.

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