Santa Claus rides in his sleigh as he prepares for Christmas in the Arctic Circle near Rovaniemi, Finland December 15, 2016. (REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski/File Photo)
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The Santa tracker presented by the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) dates to 1955, when a Colorado newspaper advertisement printed a phone number to connect children with St Nick but mistakenly directed them to the hotline for the military nerve center.To avoid disappointing the little ones, NORAD's director of operations at the time, Colonel Harry Shoup, ordered his staff to check the radar to see where Santa might be and update the children on his location.As of 07:15 GMT, Santa was making his way through the western U.S. state of Colorado, having already left more than 6.1 billion gifts in his wake.Volunteers manning the NORAD phone line included military members in uniform.
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