Linda Maye Adams

Typo Starts Tradition of Military Tracking Santa Claus


Most of the time when we see something about the military, it’s either a soldier going off to war or a soldier in a war.  But soldiers do other things besides go to war.  In the 1950s, during the Cold War, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), started receiving calls from children on their supposedly secret phone list.  Apparently, a newspaper advertisement had made a typo, and children thought they were calling the north pole.

Of course, the military can be very good at improvising, and the officer on duty pretended one of Santa’s elves as more children called in.  From there started the tradition of NORAD tracking Santa Claus.

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