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The North American Aerospace Defense Command started its annual tradition of tracking Santa Claus. The man in the big red suit is currently making children happy in Russia as of this afternoon.
As explained last year, the tradition started back in 1955 thanks to a printing error. Children started calling the CONAD (the organization that later became NORAD) office, since the number was accidentally used in a Santa Claus tracker hotline advertisement. The staff was ordered to give precise coordinates for Santa’s location and the tradition has continued since.
According to The Huffington Post, NORAD still takes calls at 1-877-HI-NORAD (1-877-446-6723) if Santa watchers want a precise location. You can also send emails to firstname.lastname@example.org. However, NORAD can’t give you a SETA (Santa Estimated Time of Arrival) since only Santa knows his exact route. They only track him.
— Is It Christmas Yet? (@Counterdowner) December 24, 2013
This year, you can track Santa at NORADSanta.org. As of 3 p.m. today, he has delivered over 2.6 billion presents already.