View Full Version : NORAD and Santa Team Up Again!!

12-25-2012, 07:35 AM
As of my last check of their site, he's on his way to North Dakota in the next few minutes. The CBC's got a great story of how they keep track of Santa and make sure he has a safe trip tonight...

CBC News ~ Santa Claus comes to town and Norad has him on radar (http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2012/12/21/pol-santa-norad-christmas-eve.html)

Some of the calls NORAD fielded tonight. The first one had me blinking back tears...

Calls to Norad

GIFTS IN HEAVEN: One little boy from Missouri phoned in to ask what time Santa delivered toys to heaven, said volunteer Jennifer Eckels, who took the call. The boy's mother got on the line to explain that his sister had died this year.

"I think Santa headed there first," Eckels told him.

IS HE THERE YET?: James Solano took a call from a young girl and her father in Bangkok, asking when Santa would arrive. Solano checked the map and said it wouldn't be long.

"The dad was saying, `We've got to get to bed soon,"' said Solano, an Army colonel.

"It was kind of neat," he said. "They were very thrilled."

SANTA KNOWS: Glenn Barr took a call from a 10-year-old who wasn't sure if he would be sleeping at his mom's house or his dad's and was worried about whether Santa would find him.

"I told him Santa would know where he was and not to worry," Barr said.

Another child asked if he was on the nice list or the naughty list.

"That's a closely guarded secret, and only Santa knows," Barr replied.

THE REAL DEAL: A young boy called to ask if Santa was real.

Air Force Maj. Jamie Humphries, who took the call, said, "I'm 37 years old, and I believe in Santa, and if you believe in him as well, then he must be real."

The boy turned from the phone and yelled to others in the room, "I told you guys he was real!"

He most certainly is and I don't know what we or he would do w/out the wonderful group of honorary Elves at NORAD who help him out every Christmas.

BTW...I saw on the News one of the many Officers who were working tonight tracking Santa and he was told by his little boy before he left to remember that Santa's a Friend and not to shoot him down as a mistake. He grinned and said something along the lines of how he's got his Orders for the night and they came from someone of far higher rank than his Commanding Officer...LOL!!! :D

12-25-2012, 10:24 AM
Awwww....... HUGS to everyone at NORAD and a happy holidays to them. :respec:

12-25-2012, 04:32 PM
I was in charge of monitoring his progress on the Norad site yesterday in our household and the kids just love it. They do a great job bringing a little bit of happiness into the world.

12-25-2012, 10:02 PM
My cousin works at Pearson as an Air Traffic Controller (He was on duty September 11th and calls that the worst and scariest day he ever spent on the job. That's a story for a different day and thread though...) and last year he had to work Christmas Eve. He ended up taking the call from Sick Kids asking if Pearson had him on Radar yet.

Roger said he told them they were in constant contact w/NORAD and that yes, Santa was on track to the Toronto area w/in an hour or two. Knowing him and watching his face while he told us about this, I can so easily hear him on that phone this time last year. :D He had a ball doing it too.