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Phone lines ready for 2012 NORAD Tracks Santa

By The Associated Press

This article was published December 24, 2012 at 6:53 a.m.

— Volunteers are pulling on their Santa hats, phone lines are in place and wall-size tracking screens are ready. NORAD Tracks Santa is primed for its 57th annual goodwill mission.

The first shift of Santa trackers starts taking calls early Monday at (877) HI-NORAD (877) 446-6723, telling children — and some adults — when Santa is due at their house. The last shift won’t end until nearly 24 hours later.

They’ll also post updates online (http://www.noradsanta.org), on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/noradsanta) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/NoradSanta).

The volunteers will work from Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo., home of the North American Aerospace Defense Command.

NORAD, a joint U.S.-Canada command responsible for protecting the skies over both nations, says its Santa-tracking rite was born of a humble typo in a newspaper ad in 1955.

The ad in a Colorado Springs newspaper invited children to call Santa but inadvertently listed the phone number for the Continental Air Defense Command, NORAD’s predecessor, also based in Colorado Springs.

CONAD officers played along, and word spread that this Cold War military command charged with guarding the U.S. against an attack by the Soviet Union was also telling kids where Santa was.

Since then, NORAD Tracks Santa has gone global, progressing through bulletins on AM radios and black-and-white TVs to updates on Facebook, Twitter and smart-phone aps.

Last year, volunteers answered almost 102,000 calls, nearly 25 percent more than the previous year. They also answered more than 7,700 e-mails (noradtrackssanta@outlook.com).

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