NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command), tasked with protecting USA & Canada's airspace has begun their annual tracking of Santa's progress around the world. At 98.1 Minnesota's New Country, we've partnered with NORAD to bring you access to their tracking systems here.

Merry Christmas! We hope you've been good this year.

The tradition began in 1955 after a Colorado Springs-based Sears Roebuck & Co. advertisement misprinted the telephone number for children to call Santa. Instead of reaching Santa, the phone number put kids through to the CONAD Commander-in-Chief's operations "hotline." The Director of Operations at the time, Colonel Harry Shoup, had his staff check the radar for indications of Santa making his way south from the North Pole. Children who called were given updates on his location, and a tradition was born.

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