Calls to track Santa break last year’s record

Wednesday, 26 December 2012 - 2:30pm IST | Place: Washington, DC | Agency: ANI
The number of calls made by people to track Santa this Christmas has broken last year’s record of 107,000.

The number of calls made by people to track Santa this Christmas has broken last year’s record of 107,000.

Spokeswoman 1st Lt. Stacey Fenton said that as of midnight Tuesday, trackers answered more than 111,000 calls, Fox News reported.

First lady Michelle Obama, who is spending the holidays with her family in Hawaii, also joined in answering calls as she has in recent years. She spent about 30 minutes talking with children from across the country, telling some who asked that her favourite toys growing up were Barbie dolls and an Easy Bake oven.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command, a joint U.S.-Canada command responsible for protecting the skies over both nations, tracks Santa from its home at Peterson Air Force Base.

NORAD and its predecessor have been fielding Christmas Eve phone calls from children since 1955 and that is when a newspaper ad listed the wrong phone number for kids to call Santa.

Callers ended up getting the Continental Air Defense Command, which later became NORAD. CONAD commanders played along, and the ritual has been repeated every year since.


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