Hi!The Boy here. And you are? Go ahead, state your name. Ok, now that we're acquainted, let's talk about the big guy in the red suit.
You moms and dads know the hardest thing about getting the kids to sleep on Christmas Eve is their nervous anticipation about the arrival of Santa Claus. As much as they want to be nice (instead of naughty), they just can't fall asleep.
Well let me tell you, I have the perfect site for you to visit to ensure that your children get to bed in plenty of time before Santa arrives.
Santa is lucky enough to only work one day a year - and there are folks throughout the world who keep track of his progress on Christmas Eve. This, from the NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) site:
For more than 50 years, NORAD and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) have tracked Santa’s Christmas Eve flight.
The tradition began in 1955 after a Colorado Springs-based Sears Roebuck & Co. advertisement for children to call Santa misprinted the telephone number. Instead of reaching Santa, the phone number put kids through to the CONAD Commander-in-Chief's operations "hotline." The Director of Operations at the time, Colonel Harry Shoup, had his staff check the radar for indications of Santa making his way south from the North Pole. Children who called were given updates on his location, and a tradition was born.
In 1958, the governments of Canada and the United States created a bi-national air defense command for North America called the North American Aerospace Defense Command, also known as NORAD, which then took on the tradition of tracking Santa.
Since that time, NORAD men, women, family and friends have selflessly volunteered their time to personally respond to Christmas Eve phone calls and emails from children. In addition, we now track Santa using the internet. Last year, millions of people who wanted to know Santa's whereabouts visited the NORAD Tracks Santa website.Finally, media from all over the world rely on NORAD as a trusted source to provide Christmas Eve updates on Santa's journey.
NORAD is able to track Santa by using Rudolph's nose as a beacon - talk about being nosey! Sorry for the pun here, I've spent many, many hours watching bad cartoons.
So since 1955, Santa has been tracked - that's even longer than June Freaking Cleaver's been around!
NORAD provides hourly updates regarding Santa's location. The site also has some cool games for kids of all ages.
Just tell the kids that bedtime is one hour before he's due to arrive in your local area. Then set out the cookies and carrots, pour a big glass of cold milk, and let Santa do the rest! Or if your kids are like me, and take meds to help them sleep, set the snacks out a bit earlier.
I'm The Boy, and I am here to make your Christmas Eve easier!
Here's a video from Santa himself (reciting 'Twas the Night Before Christmas)!