LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - It was back in 1955 when a little Colorado Springs girl called the wrong number (NORAD) wanting to know when Santa Claus would come to her house. NORAD has tracked Santa every year since then.
NORAD offers annual Santa tracking as a service to the global community. A phone number was publicized and anyone was invited to call up, especially on December 24, and find out where Santa was.
Manning those phones over the years have been countless numbers of Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps personnel and their families, and for many people, turning to NORAD to find out where Santa is became something to look forward to each year.
Hundreds of volunteers are manning the phones inside NORAD"s Track Santa Headquarters this Christmas Eve. Kids from around the world are asking lots of questions.
"We talk about the magic of Santa," said Michelle Strickland. This was her fourth year tracking Santa. "We talk about how fast he can travel and what time we all have to be to bed and if we've been naughty or nice."
Admiral Sandy Winnefeld who just recently took command of NORAD headed up the tracking Santa operation for the first time. "This is a terrific experience," said Admiral Winnefeld. "What a wonderful thing for NORAD to do for all the boys and girls across the world."
Santa's helpers will be on the phone and answering emails all day. If you want to know when the big guy will be on your roof call 1-877 HI NORAD or email Track Santa headquarters at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Norad's santa tracking can be found at noradsanta.org.