Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas, Everyone!

Whether you have your big, family celebration tonight or tomorrow, I wanted to wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year! People who read this blog at this time of year are the hard-core peeps, and whether you're here because of our shared Hallowe'en obsession or you're here because you're a ceramics junkie as I am, I appreciate that you're here and that you take the time to comment every so often. You're why I keep writing this blog and why I sometimes totally overshare! Lol!

Because you're such good kids and I know that you're all on the "Nice" list, I thought you might like to participate in a tradition that's been going on for a number of years:

Tracking Santa.

Who tracks Santa? NORAD. Why? Because they're badass, that's why!

Here's their explanation:
For more than 50 years, NORAD and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) have tracked Santa’s flight.
The tradition began in 1955 after a Colorado Springs-based Sears Roebuck & Co. advertisement misprinted the telephone number for children to call Santa. Instead of reaching Santa, the phone number put kids through to the CONAD Commander-in-Chief's operations "hotline." The Director of Operations at the time, Colonel Harry Shoup, had his staff check the radar for indications of Santa making his way south from the North Pole. Children who called were given updates on his location, and a tradition was born.
In 1958, the governments of Canada and the United States created a bi-national air defense command for North America called the North American Aerospace Defense Command, also known as NORAD, which then took on the tradition of tracking Santa.
Since that time, NORAD men, women, family and friends have selflessly volunteered their time to personally respond to phone calls and emails from children all around the world. In addition, we now track Santa using the internet. Millions of people who want to know Santa's whereabouts now visit the NORAD Tracks Santa website.
Finally, media from all over the world rely on NORAD as a trusted source to provide updates on Santa's journey.
In Memory of Retired Colonel Harry Shoup, NORAD's First Santa Tracker
I, for one, have never stopped believing in Santa, and follow his flight every year.

Click here for a video of Santa's test flight with NORAD.

Click on the pic to be taken to the Santa Tracker. While you're there, take some time to wander the site a bit. It's super cool!
Merry Christmas, everyone! I hope Santa is good to you!

3 comments:

  1. What a great and generous way for a new tradition to come into being!
    Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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  2. We watch the NORAD Santa tracker every year! I was sort of bummed that they didn't have the "live" reports this year, but they said there were technical difficulties. It was still fun to check & get Facebook updates on.

    Hope you had a Merry Christmas and sending wished for a healthy & prosperous new year!

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  3. I have some fond childhood memories of this. Hope you had a great Christmas!

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