What started with a wrong number published in a newspaper ad for Sears in the mid 1950's has turned into a Herculean effort to keep kids advised of the Jolly Old Elf's whereabouts around the world.

Since 1955 NORAD has tracked Santa on his trip around the world. With over 1500 volunteers NORAD provides this all day service at no cost to the taxpayers. After a 5 year run with Google, NORAD chose this year to partner with Microsoft to keep up with the spike of visitors to the site. The command center has also rolled out a series of free game and tracking apps for Apple, Google Android and Microsoft phones, as well as Windows PCs, to make the effort more accessible for parents and kids.


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