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394421 19: Tactical Action Officer Lt. Cdr. Dean Matousek, of Chesapeake, VA, surveys the air and surface space around New York City from within the onboard Combat Direction Center September 12, 2001 aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington. The ship is providing air defense to the city while waiting for tasking from the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) after terrorist attacks on New York's World Trade Center and the Pentagon in Arlington, VA. (Photo Courtesy of the US Navy/Getty Images)

COVID-19 will be impacting how NORAD tracks Santa Claus this year.

There will be fewer volunteers this year to track Santa as he makes his way around the world to deliver toys to all the good girls and boys. NORAD says “only a small number of volunteers” will answer calls on Christmas Eve. A recorded update on Santa’s location will be available for those who can’t reach a volunteer.

The good news is families can still watch the tracker on the NORAD Tracks Santa website, which will go live on Dec. 1.

The tradition started in 1955 when a Colorado Springs Sears store printed a newspaper ad that invited kids to call a phone number to talk to Santa. It was the wrong number, and the calls ended up going to the Continental Air Defense Command, NORAD’s predecessor.

The smart colonel in charge ordered his officers and his troops to start tracking Santa using our systems and telling the kids where Santa was throughout the night.

Source: WKYC