The folks at NORAD welcome Santa to their Colorado headquarters every year for practice runs.
In 1955, when Colorado-based Sears Roebuck & Co. misprinted a telephone number in an advertisement for kids wishing to talk to Santa, they sent dozens of children calling the Continental Air Defense Command center instead.
NORAD Tracks Santa Program Director Preston Schlachter previously told Newsweek that the command had received a phone call more than 60 years ago from a boy due to a typo in a department store newspaper ad, telling children they could make phone calls to Santa.
It can be noted that this is 63-years tradition of NORAD to help children track St. Nick's journey during the Christmas Eve. You can also compete in a wrap battle to see who can package and tie up the most gifts with the most skill. But after realising it was indeed from a child, Shoup made a decision to play along as Santa.
NORAD Tracks Santa, its annual event, allows children to follow Santa's ostensible journey across the globe online or in-app, and a call line connects them with hundreds of volunteers who claim to pass their messages to the big man.
If Santa takes a similar route that he did past year, he will head through Japan, China, Taiwan, and the Far East initially, on his way down under to deliver gifts to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and Tahiti. After taking care of the children in those regions, he traveled north to Japan, across Asia, through Africa and then to Western Europe.
At the time, Colonel Barney Oldfield said: 'CONAD, Army, Navy and Marine Air Forces will continue to track and guard Santa and his sleigh on his trip to and from the US against possible attack from those who do not believe in Christmas'.
"His trip seems to take 24 hours to us, but to Santa it might last days, weeks or even months".