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Covid-19 won't stop NORAD from tracking Santa's Christmas Eve flight around the world

November 21, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Monitors are illuminated in the NORAD Tracks Santa center at Peterson Air Force Base Monday, Dec. 23, 2019, in Colorado Springs, Colo. More than 150 volunteers will answer an estimated 140,000 telephone calls from childfren and their parents who will be checking on the whereabouts of Santa Clau on Christmas Eve. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

The holidays are going to be a little different this year because of the Covid-19 pandemic, but NORAD says it will be ready to track Santa Claus and his reindeer as they make their annual flight.

(CNN)The holidays are going to be a little different this year because of the Covid-19 pandemic, but NORAD says it will be ready to track Santa Claus and his reindeer as they make their annual flight.

It dates back to a typo in a 1955 Sears ad and an Air Force officer, who's now known as the "Santa Colonel. "NORAD was even able to keep the tradition going during the 2018 government shutdown.

Normally, hundreds of volunteers staff a special call center at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado, to update children who call 1-877-Hi-NORAD from all over the world on Santa's location.

"NORAD is committed to tracking Santa while keeping our military, their families, and our dedicated call center volunteers safe," NORAD said in a news release.

NORAD also plans to launch a new Apple and Android apps and will have updates and games on the NORAD Tracks Santa website starting next month.

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