NORAD takes calls from kids around the world awaiting Santa

Josh Polson/The Greeley Tribune via AP This photo of the front page of The Greeley Tribune in Greeley, Colorado., from Dec. 23, 1955, shows an Associated Press story about the Continental Air Defense Command or CONAD tracking Santa Claus. The U.S. military’s Santa-tracking program began that year after a newspaper ad invited children to call Santa but inadvertently ran the phone number of CONAD’s hotline. Now in its 62nd year, the program is operated by CONAD’s successor, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, a U.S.-Canadian military command at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.

AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File In this Dec. 24, 2014, file photo, NORAD and USNORTHCOM Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Charles D. Luckey joins other volunteers taking phone calls from children around the world asking where Santa is and when he will deliver presents to their homes, inside a phone-in center during the annual NORAD Tracks Santa Operation, at the North American Aerospace Defense Command, at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. Hundreds of volunteers are on the phones at the base, answering questions from eager kids who want to know where Santa is on his Christmas Eve travels.

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — Hundreds of volunteers at an Air Force base in Colorado were answering questions on Sunday from eager children who wanted to know where Santa was on his Christmas Eve travels. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump also pitched in and took calls for the NORAD Tracks Santa program from their Florida estate.