Monday, December 24, 2012
According to the Department of Defense, NORAD has been tracking Santa Claus since the 1950s:
It all started in 1955, when a local media advertisement directed children to call Santa direct – but the number was misprinted. Instead of reaching Santa, the phone rang through to the crew commander on duty at the Continental Air Defense Command Operations Center. NORAD has carried the tradition on since the command was created in 1958.
Children can still call NORAD to check in on Santa's whereabouts. The toll-free number is 1-877-Hi-NORAD (1-877-446-6723).