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|Tracking Santa Across the Globe
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A very special night that is very much anticipated by many young children is here.
Here is some interesting information concerning Santa Claus and his journey around
the world to deliver those special presents to all the eagerly awaiting children
around the globe.
The Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD), began tracking Santa in 1955.
NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) replaced CONAD in 1958
and took over the mission of tracking Santa’s flight around the world every year.
While the tradition of tracking Santa began purely by accident, NORAD continues
to track Santa. They are the only organization that has the technology, the
qualifications, and the people to do it.
NORAD is a bi-national U.S./Canadian military organization responsible for
aerospace warning, aerospace control, and maritime warning in the defense of
North America. NORAD provides warning of impending missile and air attacks,
safeguards the air sovereignty of North America, and maintains airborne forces
for defense against attack. NORAD performs this important mission 24 hours a
day, 365 days a year.
However, on December 24th each year, NORAD has one additional mission:
Tracking Santa around the world!
NORAD tracks Santa, but only Santa knows his route. They cannot predict where
and when he will arrive at your house. They do, however, know from history that it
appears that Santa arrives only when children are asleep!
In most countries, it seems Santa arrives between 9:00 p.m. and midnight on
December 24th. If children are still awake when Santa arrives, he moves on to
other houses. He returns later, but only when the children are asleep.
Santa usually starts at the International Date Line in the Pacific Ocean and travels
west. So, this would mean Santa visits the South Pacific first, then New Zealand
and Australia. After that, he travels to Japan, over to Asia, across to Africa, then
onto Western Europe, Canada, the United States, Mexico and Central and South
But Santa's route can be affected by weather, so it’s really unpredictable. NORAD
coordinates with Santa’s Elf launch staff to confirm his launch time, but from that
point on, Santa calls the shots.
NORAD intelligence reports indicate that Santa does not experience time the way
we do. His trip seems to take 24 hours to us, however, Santa somehow functions
within his own time-space continuum.
There is 50 years of NORAD tracking information that leads them to believe that
Santa Claus is alive and well in the hearts of people throughout the world.
It’s hard to know for sure, but NORAD intelligence indicates Santa is AT LEAST 16
NORAD can confirm that Santa’s sleigh is a versatile, all weather, multi-purpose,
vertical short-take-off and landing vehicle. It is capable of traveling vast distances
without refueling and is deployed, as far as we know, only on December 24th (and
sometimes briefly for a test flight about a month before Christmas).
To learn more fascinating information concerning this jolly ole elf,
click here: bit.ly/trvmlX
So, put out those cookies and milk, and don't forget about the celery or carrots for the reindeer. Then make sure all the little ones are tucked into bed, because Santa Claus is on his way.
Wishing Everyone a very Merry Christmas!
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