5 things to know about tracking Santa's journey

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 24, 2013 at 11:57 pm •  Published: December 24, 2013
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Among the questions kids have had on their minds when they called in previous years:

— "Am I on the nice list or the naughty list?"

— "Can you put my brother on the naughty list?"

— "Are you an elf?"

— "How much to adopt one of Santa's reindeer?"

3. WHY DOES NORAD DO IT?

In 1955, a local newspaper advertisement invited children to call Santa but mistakenly listed the hotline of NORAD's predecessor. Rather than disappoint the kids, commanders told them they indeed knew where Santa was. NORAD, a U.S.-Canadian operation based at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo., continues the tradition every Christmas Eve.

4. WHY WAS THERE CONTROVERSY THIS YEAR?

A children's advocacy group complained that an animated video on the NORAD Tracks Santa website injected militarism into Christmas by showing fighter jets escorting Santa's sleigh on a 39-second video promoting the event. NORAD says the fighter escort is nothing new. NORAD began depicting jets accompanying Santa and his reindeer in the 1960s.

5. HOW DOES NORAD TRACK SANTA?

Using the same satellites it uses to track missiles, NORAD says it is able to detect heat signatures from Rudolph's nose.


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