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NORAD Tracking Santa's Sleigh

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The North American Aerospace Defense Command is in charge of the annual Christmas mission to keep children informed of Santa's worldwide journey. The North American Aerospace Defense Command is in charge of the annual Christmas mission to keep children informed of Santa's worldwide journey.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- Get the milk and cookies ready.  Santa Claus has begun his latest flight.

That's the word from NORAD -- the North American Aerospace Defense Command -- which is in charge of the annual Christmas mission to keep children informed of Santa's worldwide journey.

Last year, NORAD's Santa tracking center answered 94,000 calls and responded to 10,000 e-mails. About 10.6 million visitors went to the Web site.

NORAD's holiday tradition can be traced to 1955. A Colorado Springs newspaper printed a Sears, Roebuck & Co. ad telling children of a phone number to talk to Santa. But the number was one digit off, and calls got through to NORAD's predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command.

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