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    Norad Santa Tracker
    Haylen_WebMD_Staff posted:
    We love this thing and they have a smart phone app.

    17 days to go - wow!

    Have you tracked Santa?
    Haylen_WebMD_Staff responded:
    p.s. NORAD is the North American Aerospace Defense Command - doesn't sound like a very "warm & fuzzy" office so it makes this even more awesome....
    tlkittycat1968 replied to Haylen_WebMD_Staff's response:
    I heard it started by accident. There was a phone number so kids could talk to santa and it was misprinted. A child called and whomever answered the phone was nice enough to play along and told his staff to let the kids who called know where santa was.
    Haylen_WebMD_Staff replied to tlkittycat1968's response:
    WOW! That is a cool back story...
    sarah0323 responded:
    We love this. Found it last year. Since it was so "offical" sounding Jacob really thought about weather or not there is santa clause. I like the back story on it.
    Me 33, DD - O 13, DS1 -J 8, DS2 - Cr 6, DS3 - Co 5, DD2 - E (11/10)
    baby1at35 responded:
    We did this last year ! The boys absolutely loved it !
    Henry just asked if we can do that again this year.
    Me (43) 2 busy boys 7 yrs and 6 yrs
    Haylen_WebMD_Staff replied to baby1at35's response:
    Had to look up kittycat's thoughts about how it started:

    From Wikipedia :

    The program began on December 24, 1955 when a Sears department store placed an advertisement in a Colorado Springs newspaper which told children that they could telephone Santa Claus and included a number for them to call. However, the telephone number printed was incorrect and calls instead came through to Colorado Springs' Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) Center. Colonel Shoup, who was on duty that night, told his staff to give all children that called in a "current location" for Santa Claus. A tradition began which continued when the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) replaced CONAD in 1958.

    So cool!

    iocasta responded:
    We did this last year. I'll have to get the app. Don't forget about PNP (portable north pole) videos that you can make for free.
    tlkittycat1968 replied to Haylen_WebMD_Staff's response:
    I love the fact that the man in charge told his staff what to tell the children. He could have been a total Scrooge but he wasn't.

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