Youngsters world-wide speculate each year on the whereabouts of Kris Kringle as months of anticipation near their Christmas morning crescendo. NORAD, the The North American Aerospace Command, has been helping them zero in on the Jolly Old Elf’s airborne sleigh and eight tiny reindeer, with Rudolph rounding out the nine Rangifer tarandus (their fancy Latin name) team, since 1955.
On Christmas Day, there’ll be more rain and snow mix and temperature of 38 degrees, with a chance of rain after noon. It’ll be a windy holiday, with wind 6 to 16 mph, and gusts up to 36 mph, the National Weather Service reports.
The 60-year-old tradition has grown over the years to include computer servers, web site design, video imaging, Santa’s tracking map, and telephone services, all of which are donated, according to NORAD.
Their tradition began with NORAD’s predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD), according to NORAD’s brief online history of the practice. That year, a Colorado Springs-based Sears Roebuck & Co. ad printed CONAD’s phone number as the one children should use to call Santa. The number put kids in touch with the CONAD Commander-in-Chief’s operations “hotline.”