A special website known as the NORAD Santa Tracker is online for 2010, allowing children of all ages to track St. Nick and Santa’s reindeer as he makes his rounds. The North American Aerospace Defense Command was established during the Cold War, using an extensive radar array to monitor the skies and space. But since 1955, NORAD has been keeping on eye on Santa Claus, a.k.a. Father Christmas, as he makes his way around the world delivering gifts. In the old days, children had to call a special phone number to get the latest updates on the location of Santa. But thanks to the Internet, we can now watch online as NORAD’s Santa Tracker monitors St. Nick’s progress for Christmas in 2010. To make up for when Santa meets the TSA, be sure and leave some tasty food out for Santa.

NORAD Santa Tracker
Image Source: NORADSanta.org

By clicking on the hyperlink below, you, too, may use the NORAD Santa Tracker to see just how far along Santa Claus is on his annual run. In the wee hours of this morning, NORAD monitored Santa’s departure from the North Pole as he made his way to the Pacific coast of Russia. While writing this, Mr. Noel was stopping off at the Solomon Islands while on his way to New Zealand and Australia with his sleigh full of gifts.

In the early days of the Cold War, NORAD was originally called CONAD for Continental Air Defense Command. In 1955, Sears published the phone number to CONAD’s Santa-Hotline. Colonel Harry Shoup, then Director of Operations at CONAD, actually took the first call himself, helping children say updated as to Santa’s location. In 1958, the United States and Canada combined their operations, for air defense, and formed NORAD.

The Santa tracking also grew over time. NORAD’s Santa Tracker evolved over the years and is currently headquartered at the Santa Tracking Operations Center at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, CO. There, some 900 volunteers ‘man’ a 100-telephone phone-bank and 20 computer workstations, answering phone calls and emails from children seeking updates on Santa Claus’ progress.

So, if you are curious about the present location of Santa Claus throughout the day, be sure and check out the NORAD Santa Tracker website for 2010. The link below will get you there. The North American Aerospace Defense Command has been tracking St. Nick since 1955, when it was called CONAD. With radar arrays and satellite imaging, the U.S. Air Force is on the job watching where Santa Claus, a.k.a. Father Christmas, is currently located. Needless to say, in this age of social networking media, the NORAD Santa Tracker for 2010 is also on Facebook and Twitter. I wonder if Santa’s reindeer have their own Facebook page? Naturally, you may still call NORAD using an ordinary telephone to get an update. The phone number is 1-877-Hi-NORAD (1-877-446-6723). Be sure and check out the cool video below, too! Merry Christmas to one and all!

NORAD Santa Tracker 2010

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