Miracle on 34th Tweet: Tradition! Follow Santa’s journey with NORAD Santa

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Santa is on his way, and you can track his journey on Twitter!

@vencut2 @noradsanta Thanks – follow on Internet every year. Didn’t think to check twitter.

— Rebecca (@fenbeci) December 24, 2012

Earlier this week, the anticipation built with these tweets:

Less than one day until we begin tracking #Santa!

— NORAD Santa (@NoradSanta) December 23, 2012

Looks like #Santa is eating a big meal before his flight! No word on the menu… #NORAD is ready! ow.ly/giISL

— NORAD Santa (@NoradSanta) December 24, 2012

Just in from the North Pole! #Santa went to the barn to check on the reindeer! #NORAD ow.ly/giJ3k

— NORAD Santa (@NoradSanta) December 24, 2012

#Santa gave a final yuletide speech to his elves, “this year will be the best Christmas ever!” #NORAD ow.ly/giJob

— NORAD Santa (@NoradSanta) December 24, 2012

#Santa‘s elves just loaded the sleigh! #NORAD Tracks #Santa! ow.ly/giJuY

— NORAD Santa (@NoradSanta) December 24, 2012

And some history.

Ever wonder how #NORAD started Tracking #Santa? ow.ly/giJbo

— NORAD Santa (@NoradSanta) December 24, 2012

From NORADSanta.org:

The tradition began in 1955 after a Colorado Springs-based Sears Roebuck & Co. advertisement misprinted the telephone number for children to call Santa. 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.

Wonderful. Twitter users love it.

STOOOOPPPPPP! Everyone! @noradsanta site is now LIVE!! May faint with excitement! Live Santa tracking is happening!! noradsanta.org/en/track.html

— Helen Armstrong (@helensarmstrong) December 24, 2012

I love that NORAD tracks Santa Claus, check it out @noradsanta

— Sean Levison (@SeanLevison) December 24, 2012

I’ve set our iPad to push all @noradsanta tweets tomorrow, and I’ll be helping the girls track @santa on a printed world map. #excited

— Brendan Loy (@brendanloy) December 24, 2012

We are excited, too! Gather the kiddies and follow Santa and his reindeer as they deliver their Christmas goodies across the globe. If you are on the nice list, natch. There is still some time for those in some parts of the world to redeem themselves, if they’ve been naughty. But not much; snap to it!

And away he goes!

#Santa is on his way! The #NORAD Tracks Santa Operations Center begins taking calls at 4 a.m. Mountain Time! ow.ly/giJQg

— NORAD Santa (@NoradSanta) December 24, 2012

Squee!

Tell the kids, Santa is in flight! RT @noradsanta: #NORAD captured #Santa‘s takeoff from the North Pole on video ow.ly/gkGxB

— Tom Cotton (@tomcottonAR) December 24, 2012

First stop for #Santa, Novoye Chaplino, Russia! #NORAD

— NORAD Santa (@NoradSanta) December 24, 2012

#NORAD spotted #Santa flying over Tarawa, Kiribati!

— NORAD Santa (@NoradSanta) December 24, 2012

Folks in New Zealand have reported a big red sleigh in the sky! #NORAD #Santa

— NORAD Santa (@NoradSanta) December 24, 2012

#Santa has been seen over the South Pacific Islands! See the #NORAD video ow.ly/gkIlq

— NORAD Santa (@NoradSanta) December 24, 2012

#NORAD spotted #Santa in Magadan, Russia!

— NORAD Santa (@NoradSanta) December 24, 2012

#Santa just stopped off in Sapporo, Japan! Kurisumasu Omedeto!#NORAD

— NORAD Santa (@NoradSanta) December 24, 2012

Did you see that? #Santa just left New Guinea! #NORAD

— NORAD Santa (@NoradSanta) December 24, 2012

Follow at @NoradSanta to continue tracking the big guy in the red suit today. For many, it’s a new family tradition!

@noradsanta My daughter is looking forward to coming Santa. Thank you as always,every year, everyone of the team of Norad. from Japan.

— May (@may_rabit) December 24, 2012

We track @noradsanta every year.Do you?

— South Wolds Academy (@Southwolds) December 24, 2012

#FollowChristmasEve suggestion: @noradsanta. Look forward to their tweets every year πŸ™‚ 🎅

— Victoria D(@islandgirl11) December 24, 2012

@noradsanta 57 minutes until tracking santa with my little brother! #NoradSanta #EveryYear

— I’m a Harry Girl ∞ (@hazluvsmelkelou) December 24, 2012

I’ve kept up with @noradsanta every year that I’ve been on Twitter … πŸ™‚

— Right Wing NutJob (@buszero) December 24, 2012

I’m 15 and every year I continue to use @noradsanta ❤🎅👍

— casey (@CaseyYaDiggIt) December 24, 2012

@jilliano Will u be tracking his progress on @noradsanta app/site? We do every year.

— CaptainKirt™ (@captainkirt) December 24, 2012

@rtrviews we’re excited about @noradsanta! Look forward to tracking the journey every year… Even before we had a child. :0)

— AM van den Hurk (@amvandenhurk) December 23, 2012

@noradsanta Thanks for helping my excited children watch Santa every year. They really look forward to seeing him

— sandra vincur (@sandv341) December 24, 2012

Tomorrow night I will be tracking Santa with little one using @noradsanta do it every year

— caroline(@caroline____5) December 23, 2012

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas. And may we all be children this Christmas; filled with wonder, excitement and joy. Thank you, NORAD Santa, for helping us all be young at heart!

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