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NORAD Tracking Santa's Trek Around The World

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado -

The U.S. and Canadian military will entertain millions of kids again this Christmas Eve with second-by-second updates on Santa's global whereabouts.

NORAD is a U.S.-Canadian operation based at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado. It's charged with defending the skies over both nations and monitoring sea approaches.

The Santa program began in 1955 when a typo in a newspaper advertisement had children calling the hotline of NORAD's predecessor, asking to talk to Santa.

NORAD'S Santa tracking web site

It's now a Christmas tradition that thrills millions of kids, and parents.

Last year, global monitoring of Santa's voyage logged 114,000 phone calls to NORAD, 1.2 million Facebook followers and 129,000 Twitter followers.

The special hotline for talking with Santa is 877-HI-NORAD.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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