Monday, 10 December, 2018

Where's Santa on Christmas Eve? You can ask Alexa

Here's how to track Santa Claus as he delivers presents on Christmas Eve Here's how to track Santa Claus as he delivers presents on Christmas Eve
Troy Mann | 28 December, 2017, 12:23

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, with his nose so bright, is leading the team. NORAD's Santa Tracker began when a SEARS Roebuck & Co.ad included the top secret number to the predecessor to NORAD, the Continental Air Defense Command.

When not spreading holiday cheer, NORAD conducts aerospace and maritime control and warning operations - including monitoring for missile launches from North Korea, something that may have been on Santa's mind as he passed over the country's capital of Pyongyang.

"As soon as you're hanging up there's another kid wanting to talk to you", Preston Schlachter, NORAD's Track Santa program manager and its director of community outreach told Politico.

The tracker now also has smartphone apps for iPhone and Android devices, while Amazon Alexa users can ask for Santa's location through the NORAD Tracks Santa skill.

It's Christmas Eve! One of the most magical parts of Christmas is keeping track of where Santa is as he delivers gifts all across the world.

As they do each year, the volunteers are fielding more than 100 thousand calls and emails from children the world-over who have questions about Santa Claus on his busiest day of the year.

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About 1,500 of Santa's helpers are standing by this Christmas Eve, not at the North Pole but at the headquarters for North American Aerospace Defense Command in Colorado Springs.

So, if you're looking to keep tabs on Santa, head over to the NOMAD website.

Starting today, website visitors can watch Santa make preparations for his flight.

The agency's famous tracking system began by accident in 1955.

His trip seems to take 24 hours to us, but to Santa it might last days, weeks or even months. NORAD has kept the tradition going ever since. The tradition has continued for 60 years, to the delight of children and parents.

"A colonel by the name of Harry Shoup picked up the phone and assured children who called in that Santa was safe and CONAD, at the time, would be tracking Santa on his progress through North America", she said.

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