Waiting up until the wee hours of the night, or, if you were like me, 10pm, was a favorite past time as a child. The anticipation of hearing Santa’s footsteps down your hall and the chomping of your freshly-baked cookies. The excitement of waiting up for the big, jolly man can only be compared with waiting for your the new season of your favorite show to return on Netflix.
I remember my parents turning on the unreliable, scratchy radio to hear when Santa was going to fly over my house. Thankfully, the internet is now a thing and he can be found with a matter of clicks! A bit stalkerish, right? Order your Christmas cookie cutters and make sure to buy fresh milk for Christmas Eve, NORAD’s Santa Tracker is officially live!
— NORAD Tracks Santa (@NoradSanta) December 1, 2018
The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) has been tracking Santa and helping children believe since 1958. On Christmas Eve, over 1,500 volunteers answer emails and phone calls from children asking when Santa will be near. The tradition started in 1955 when Colonel Harry Shoup placed an ad describing how to reach Santa in the Colorado Springs newspaper. That night, children called in and Colonel Shoup had his operators find the location of Santa.
With modern day technology NORAD has launched an entertaining family-friendly website to keep the belief in Santa strong. The site features games, music, movies, and a library. NORAD has also released a Santa tracking app to make the holiday even easier. The free app is available to download on both iOS and Android.
How To Follow Santa
Get ready to follow Santa by leaving out the Christmas cookies and fresh milk. Be sure to get your smartphone or computer by your bedside. The tracker goes live December 24, 2018, at 12 a.m. PST.