Santa Tracker Won’t Be Affected Government Shutdown, NORAD Says

Dec 25, 2018, 01:52
Santa Tracker Won’t Be Affected Government Shutdown, NORAD Says

Public employees are preparing to tell the world about the whereabouts of a mysterious entity called Santa which allegedly possesses the ability to deliver Christmas prezzies to every single child on Earth.

And the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, has launched its 63rd year of helping families track Santa's journey from the North Pole on Christmas Eve.

The tracker, which is run by the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), has been tracking Santa Claus and his trip since 1955.

No government shutdown will stop NORAD from tracking Santa's slay on Christmas Eve. 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.

He and his fellow call operators informed the children calling throughout the night of Santa's exact location. NORAD team members also gets lots of help from volunteers, which is how they're able to keep the red and green lights on every holiday season.

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The US government shutdown may have dimmed Washington's National Christmas Tree but never fear, Santa Claus is still comin' to town - and the military is still tracking his path.

So as the calls came in, Shoup put his airmen on the phones to pretend to be Santa Claus. A binational command of the USA and Canada, NORAD functions year-round to protect and monitor the skies of those two countries.

Canadian NORAD fighter pilots have the honour of welcoming Santa to North America.

"This is my first NORAD Tracks Santa", O'Shaughnessy, who took command in May said.

As a result, Santa said he might be "a little late getting to some places in the world" but assured all the girls and boys in the world that he always manages "to deliver on time".

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"Yes sir, especially since my son Sam would want to see that as well", General O'Shaughnessy replied.

"All Post Offices will remain open for business".

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

Last year, NORAD Tracks Santa received 126,000 phone calls, 18 million website hits, 1.8 million followers on Facebook and 179,000 more on Twitter.

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