Don't worry, the government shutdown won't cancel NORAD's Santa tracker

NORAD volunteers answer phone calls to their Santa hotline in 2007. The tradition of tracking Santa on his trip around the world started in 1955 by accident

NORAD's Santa Tracker Promises to Continue Running Despite US Government Shutdown

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During the partial government shutdown, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) will still run its famed "Santa tracker" during Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Google's Santa tracker shows his current location, where he's going next, distance from your location, and when you can expect his arrival. His final stop on the whirlwind journey was South America.

NORAD's Santa Tracker Promises to Continue Running Despite US Government Shutdown
Children still able to track Santa despite US shutdown

The tradition started in 1955 when Sears accidentally misprinted their telephone number in an advertisement that told kids they could talk to Santa and his elves. Google Assistant also has some Santa-flavored jokes.

It may have been an inconvenience at the time, but it sparked an annual tradition that was taken over by NORAD in 1958.

There's even an app, for when you need to stay updated while out and about. Former First Lady Michelle Obama volunteered her help, answering Santa questions for more than six years.

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The twitter account for NORAD and the U.S. Northern Command announced Friday that Santa will be tracked on Christmas Eve regardless of whether or not a government shutdown has gone into effect.

The collaboration by the United States and Canada make the organization's efforts possible while being funded by both nations.

While waiting for Santa, users can play a number of different games in Santa's village or watch fun videos. According to their Wiki, the length of Saint Nick's sleigh is 75 cc's or candy canes and 150 lp's or lollipops. The satellites NORAD uses to detect the flash generated from missile launches can also track Santa.

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Airservices has allocated Santa the call sign of Sleigh Rider One and has issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) to warn all other aircraft flying tonight to keep clear of Santa as he delivers presents to all the boys and girls. Eastern December 24 (7:01 a.m. UTC), NORAD's "Santa Cams" will begin tracking Santa on the website.

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