About 1500 of Santa’s helpers are on their toes to help the children around the world in finding Santa’s whereabouts at the headquarters North American Aerospace Defense (NORAD) Command in Colorado Springs.
NORAD is continuing its six-decade-long tradition of attending and responding over 100 thousand calls and emails from children around the world asking where is Santa with their gift.
NORAD is a joint venture between American and Canadian military and is tasked with identifying and detecting aerospace threats to protect North America from any air attacks. The group employees its satellite systems, high-powered radars, and het fighters in keeping up the track of Santa.
The tradition came into existence in 1955 when a Colorado Springs-based newspaper with misprinted a telephone number and accidently gave out Col. Harry Shoup’s secret hotline number at the Continental Air Defense Command, which is now known as NORAD. The tradition which started with a mistake is continued till date.
NORAD takes this tradition seriously and provides a14-page internal handbook detailing the operation and talking points for puzzling questions, such as ‘Is Santa Clause real?’
The NORAD’s festive spirit is now not only limited to the US but had spread across more than 200 countries and territories.