It’s the Christmas time and the millions of children who are waiting eagerly for their Xmas present need not to wait longer as the Santa Claus has finally embarked on his annual Christmas Eve mission.
The US military officials, who are tracking his reindeer-powered sleigh, have confirmed that Santa has commenced his journey from North Pole base to deliver presents to millions of children on the auspicious occasion of Christmas.
“All systems are go,” said US Army Major Ruth Castro, a spokesperson for the North American Aerospace Defense Command in Colorado Springs, on Wednesday.
NORAD and its predecessor agency have been tracking Santa’s flight path since the mid-1950s. NORAD has also a Santa-tracking website, www.noradsanta.org, which provides the animated updates of the worldwide trek on real-time.
In 2013, 20 million unique visitors turned up at NORAD site to track the location of Santa. According to Castro, they received nearly 117,000 calls on their hotline from children and others interested in knowing about Santa’s location.
According to NORAD’s website, the tradition began in 1955 after a local Sears Roebuck department store accidently printed the telephone number to the North Pole in a newspaper ad.
The first call received by US Air Force Colonel Harry Shoup came from young girl who was inquiring about Santa.
Shoup was the director the then Continental Air Defense Command.