COVID hasn’t ruined this Christmas “stalking” tradition.
The coronavirus pandemic might’ve made it harder to meet Santa Claus in person. However, that hasn’t stopped North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) from activating its annual Santa tracker, which allows Yuletide yearners to keep tabs on Saint Nick as he delivers presents to children around the world on Christmas Eve.
“NORAD radars and satellites are ready to track Santa!” tweeted NORAD, which is responsible for protecting the skies over the US and Canada. NORAD serendipitously got involved in Santa tracking after its phone number was accidentally printed in a 1955 advertisement prompting children to call the jolly old elf, which resulted in kids blowing up the command’s phone lines.
In 2020 — on the tradition’s 65th anniversary — kiddies can once again map out Father Christmas’ present-delivering pilgrimage live all day and night Thursday on the NORAD Tracks Santa website, as well as various apps for IOS and Android devices. They can also ask Amazon’s Alexa and OnStar to keep them abreast of the big man’s whereabouts.
Unfortunately, due to coronavirus concerns, the Christmas call center will be operating at a limited capacity, CNN reported. Normally, hundreds of volunteers are on hand at Colorado’s Peterson Airforce Base to update children who dial 1-877-Hi-NORAD from all over the world on Santa’s locations. However, this year, NORAD’s reduced the number of staffers to mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19.
Fortunately, callers who can’t reach a volunteer will still be able to hear a recorded message detailing Kris Kringle’s last-known position.
Thankfully, kids need not worry about Santa delivering disease along with presents, as Dr. Anthony Fauci — director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and Christmas Eve birthday boy — recently said he personally vaccinated Saint Nick at the North Pole.