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The True Story of Why NORAD Started Tracking Santa During the Cold War

The True Story of Why NORAD Started Tracking Santa During the Cold War

We all know about the NORAD Santa Tracker, but did you know that NORAD didn’t originally intend to get involved? As part of a Yuletide marketing campaign, the store put out a flyer that included a phone number for children to call and speak to Santa Claus. But instead of reaching Toyland, children were dialing up the secret red phone of Colonel Harry Shoup at the Continental Air Defense Command, now known as NORAD. Turns out, as Terri explained to Christopher Klein for an article on History.com, the phone number was off by one digit. The NORAD Santa Tracker even has it’s own Instagram page:There children can follow Santa’s adventures around the world:And even watch animated videos directly from the NORAD tracker:It seems like a crazy coincidence that such a small mistake could start such a heartwarming tradition.

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