|Phone lines ready for tracking Santa |
|Posted: Monday, December 24, 2012 9:02 pm |
|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.
Updates will be posted online (http://www.noradsanta.org), on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/noradsanta) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/NoradSanta).
The operation is based at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo., home of the North American Aerospace Defense Command.
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. Published in The Messenger 12.24.12