Why Does NORAD Stalk Santa's Epic Sleigh Ride Across The Globe?
The 60-year-old tradition started with a typo in a Sears advertisement.By Cody LaGrow | December 24, 2015
Santa is on a worldwide sleigh ride and NORAD, or North American Aerospace Defense Command, is tracking it all. But why?
It started in 1955 when a Sears ad listed Santa's number but misprinted it and actually directed children to a confidential line belonging to Col. Shoup, the command center's head honcho.
Once the colonel caught the error, he'd already caught the Christmas spirit and took it one step further. His children explained it to NPR.