U.S. Military tracks Santa despite government shutdown

NORAD has been tracking Santa during Christmas for the past 63 years.


NSFW    DENVER — The U.S. government is keeping a close eye on Father Christmas.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, will continue to monitor Santa this year despite the U.S. government being partially shutdown.

Children can track Santa's journey on NORAD's website starting from Christmas Eve every year.

This tradition began in 1955 when a department store accidently printed the phone number to the Continental Air Defense Command, according to the Washington Post.

U.S. Air Force Colonel Harry Shoup picked up calls from children and pretended to be Santa for the holidays.

Since then, NORAD has been tracking Santa's sleigh and reindeers and letting children know where Santa currently is.

A spokeswoman for NORAD told Reuters that Santa is tracked using infrared signals that are transmitted from Rudolph's nose.
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