This Year’s Santa Escort Makes Some People Uneasy
Washington, D.C. (WHNT) – Santa’s sleigh has some interesting escorts this year, and some people are concerned about the
For 59 years, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, NORAD, has tracked Santa as he makes his trek around the world. This year, the military depicts two fighter jets escorting Santa and his reindeer. The jets and their missiles are new to the program this year.
NORAD’s Santa Tracker reached 22 million people last year. Thousands of kids and parents called to find out where Santa was throughout the night by giving them updates over the phone or online.
The tradition started in 1955 when Sear’s offered kids the chance to talk to Santa directly over the phone. They inadvertently gave the phone number of Continental Air Defense Command instead of the special number they set up for the event. CONAD went with the mistake and gave kids their Santa updates. NORAD replaced CONAD a few years later, but the tradition remains.
NORAD says the jets flanking Santa are an attempt to give Santa Tracker more of an operational feel, but some people see it as an attack on the jolly image of Santa. They say introducing destructive weaponry hurts St. Nick’s image.
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