The Cute Reason The US Government 'Tracks' Santa's Trip

The Cute Reason The US Government 'Tracks' Santa's Trip

The Weather Authority tracks Santa on Christmas Eve with the help of satellites, and military sensors and technology from North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).

In addition to tracking St Nick, volunteers donning military garb and Santa hats also respond to tens of thousands of calls and emails from eager children hoping to probe for details including their Christmas wish lists. While Santa travels, the NORAD social media team is hard at work answering all your questions online and answering phone calls too.

You'll be able to monitor Santa's sleigh on this super-special radar as he goes around the world to deliver gifts to children. This conclusion does sync up with a finding from the new Exeter Santa Survey suggesting 65 percent of respondents, played along with the Santa myth, as children, even though they knew it wasn't true. "NORAD coordinates with Santa's Elf Launch Staff to confirm his launch time, but from that point on, Santa calls the shots". Hundreds of volunteers will help answer the phones from children around the world calling for Santa when the program resumes on Monday, Dec. 24, 2018, for the 63rd year.

In a tweet on Saturday, the postal service said it also would not be impacted by the government shutdown.

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Monday is Christmas Eve, and we've got ourselves a little bit of a good news/bad news situation.

NORAD - a joint USA and Canadian command - is responsible for aerospace and maritime control as well as warning missions. Captain Cameron Hillier told Gizmodo by phone that the organization got around 126,000 phone calls last year at a rate of about 1.8 per second, and that number is expected to hike this year.

Despite the government shutdown, NORAD will continue to track Santa's progress as he delivers presents to children worldwide.

Any time on December 24, Amazon Alexa users can ask for Santa's location through the NORAD Tracks Santa skill for Amazon Alexa, and OnStar members can push the blue OnStar button in their vehicles to locate Santa. Gen. Charles D. Luckey takes a call while volunteering at the NORAD Tracks Santa center at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo.