The U.S. military organization that tracks Santa Claus as he delivers gifts on Christmas Eve doesn’t anticipate that COVID-19 or the “bomb storm” that is currently affecting North America would have an impact on Old Saint Nick’s trips abroad.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, is in charge of keeping watch on and protecting the airspace above North America.
The NORAD Tracks Santa service, however, is also administered by the organization, which is situated in Colorado Springs. Through its noradsanta.org website, social media platforms, and mobile app, users may monitor Santa’s journey during the holiday season.
This year, the organization expects to have 1,500 volunteers working on Christmas Eve to answer children’s calls asking about Santa’s whereabouts and delivery timetable.
Lt. General David Nahom, a NORAD official based in Anchorage, Alaska, said the pandemic has not affected Santa’s busy delivery schedule and he doesn’t expect any impact this weekend.
The freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall that’s disrupting holiday travel in the U.S. shouldn’t be a problem for a man who lives at the North Pole, Nahom said.
“I think Santa will be right at home with the Arctic weather that’s hitting into the lower 48,” Nahom said.
NORAD’s holiday tradition began in 1955 after a kid mistakenly called a Colorado military command asking to speak to Santa. More calls came in so the commander on duty assigned an officer to answer the Santa calls, and the tradition took hold.