Santa Tracker Will Run Despite The Government Shutdown

Santa Tracker Will Run Despite The Government Shutdown

Santa Tracker Will Run Despite The Government Shutdown

Lastly, you can also download the app if you're an Android user and want to follow St. Nick on your phone.

It also allows impatient children to see where Santa is in real-time on its website.

The yuletide tradition was started in 1955 after a Sears Roebuck department store in Colorado Springs misprinted the phone number to the North Pole in a newspaper ad for children to call in and speak to Santa.

US President Donald Trump and the First Lady Melania Trump participate in NORAD Santa Tracker phone calls in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC on Christmas Eve.

Coleman was patched through to a White House line after calling a government-run Santa tracker, presumably because he believed in Santa and wanted to know his location.

In a video on Twitter, he said: "We're going to have a shutdown".

In 2017, Trump spent the holidays at his Florida estate, Mar-a-Lago, with his family, but for his second Christmas as president, Trump opted to cancel his holiday getaway because of the partial federal government shutdown.

For more than 50 years, NORAD and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) have tracked Santa's flight, and the big guy in red has already had a very productive 2017 Christmas Eve.

Any time on December 24, Amazon Alexa users can ask for Santa's location through the NORAD Tracks Santa skill for Amazon Alexa, and OnStar subscribers can press the OnStar button in their vehicles to locate Santa. "But other than that, I wish everyone a very merry Christmas". That night, Colonel Harry Shoup and his staff began a tradition that would be taken over by NORAD when that command was created in 1958. The agency's satellites, more than 22,000 miles above Earth, use infrared sensors to track heat and help the organization track missile launches that may be directed at North America.

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