On December 24, 1955, Air Force Col. Harry Shoup was on duty, and instead of hanging up on countless children that night, Shoup checked the radar and updated the eager children on jolly old Saint Nick's location.
NORAD has been annually tracking Santa's progress since 1958.
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Santa usually starts his journey at the International Date Line in the Pacific Ocean and travels west.
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Both Google and NORAD provide children with an exact Global Positioning System location of Santa's position, much like the trackers you can use to follow aircraft as the circle the globe.
As well as tracking Santa, the agency's website also has games, movies and music to entertain your excited children.
Since that time, NORAD men, women, family and friends have selflessly volunteered their time to personally respond to phone calls and emails from children all around the world.
Website visitors can watch Santa make preparations for his flight. The website is available in eight languages. Bing and Cortana users can also find Santa's location. The phone number published was actually for the commander in chief's operations hotline at the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD), which was NORAD's predecessor.
Last year, NORAD Tracks Santa got almost 154,200 phone calls and drew 10.7 million unique visitors to its website. This is due, in large part, to the efforts and services of numerous program contributors.