- North American Aerospace Defense Command's Santa tracking started in 1955
- Website in English, French, Spanish, Japanese, Portuguese, Chinese
- NORAD conducts aerospace and maritime control and warning operations
A 3-D, interactive website at www.noradsanta.org shows places Santa has passed through, allowing site users to click to learn more about different locations.
It shows Santa, wearing his traditional red cap and suit trimmed with white fur, steering a red sleigh over the Earth below, which has been labeled to show what country he is flying over at any given time.
In a video shared by the website's twitter handle, Santa can be seen encircling Taj Mahal in Agra:
Santa's progress -- as well as the activities of NORAD volunteers -- could also be charted at the Twitter handle @NoradSanta. The Santa crossed New Delhi today. The website's twitter handle had earlier tweeted:
"Our volunteers are having a great time and staying busy with as many as 140,000 phone calls today!" read one tweet, accompanied by a photo of dozens of people, some wearing red Santa hats, taking calls.
NORAD's Santa tracking tradition dates back to 1955, when a Colorado newspaper advertisement printed a phone number to connect children with the cheerful Christmas icon that mistakenly directed them to NORAD's hotline.
A counter keeps a running tally of gifts delivered by Saint Nick so far -- nearly 1.4 billion by 1530 GMT as Santa approached Geraldton, Australia, the NORAD website showed.
To avoid disappointing the little ones, NORAD's director of operations at the time, Colonel Harry Shoup, ordered his staff to check the radar to see where Santa might be and update the children on his location.
When not spreading holiday cheer, the North American Aerospace Defense Command conducts aerospace and maritime control and warning operations. The website is available in eight languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Chinese.
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