WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – If you’re bundled up in your home pent up with the anticipation of Santa’s arrival, fear not. You can track his sleigh online.
NORAD has been tracking the round the world flight of Santa Claus on Christmas Eve for more than 50 years and with significant advancements in technology you and your children can now follow him across the world with the Santa Cam.
The tradition was actually born from a typo dating back to 1955, when Sears Roebuck mistakenly misprinted the telephone for children to call Santa.
Instead of reaching the North Pole, children were directed to the Commander-in-Chief of NORAD’s predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command. With an influx of inquisitive young callers, CONAD’s director of operations at the time had his staff scan the radar for indications of Santa making his way south from the North Pole, and provided the children with updates on his location.
Every year since, NORAD has monitored the radar systems continuously on Dec. 24.
Along with the Santa Cam and radar, the North American Aerospace Defense Command beefs up its Santa surveillance using satellites orbiting the Earth’s surface from 22,300 miles away, as well as in-air updates from fighter jets.
Watch the Santa Cam here.