The military agency that monitors and protects North America’s skies, best known for following the trail of Santa Claus while delivering presents this Christmas Eve, doesn’t think the COVID-19 pandemic or the polar vortex will affect has frozen the United States will affect his visit: “I think santa will feel at home with arctic weather,” said Lt. Gen. David Nahome.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, manages the noradsanta.org website, which allows you to follow Santa Claus’ journey from the Internet, its social media channels, and its mobile app .
The agency expects about 1,500 volunteers to work on Christmas Eve this year to handle phone calls and emails from children around the world who want to know where Santa Claus is and his delivery hours.
Nahome, a NORAD official based in Anchorage, Alaska, said the pandemic hasn’t affected Santa’s busy delivery schedule and the cold won’t stop him either: Freezing temperatures and snowfall are disrupting US travel. Shouldn’t be, he said.
This Christmas tradition began in 1955, when a boy mistakenly asked the Colorado Military Command to speak to Santa Claus. More calls came in, so the shift commander assigned an officer to answer, and the tradition persisted.