NORAD's Santa Tracker Promises to Continue Running Despite US Government Shutdown

1222norad NORAD Santa Tracker Still Running Despite Government Shutdown

1222norad NORAD Santa Tracker Still Running Despite Government Shutdown

For the last 63 years, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) has provided a Santa tracking service on Christmas Eve.

Once Santa has made his list, checked it twice and finds out who has been naughty and nice, he sets off on his sleigh with his trusty reindeer, travelling an estimated 510,000,000 km on Christmas Eve - approximately 1,800 miles per second.

"In the event of a government shutdown, NORAD will continue with its 63-year tradition of NORAD Tracks Santa on December 24", NORAD wrote on Twitter.

First Lady Melania Trump, who flew to the Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida on Friday, said she will also continue her annual tradition of calling in to NORAD on Christmas Eve and spreading holiday cheer.

The twitter account for NORAD and the U.S. Northern Command announced Friday that Santa will be tracked on Christmas Eve regardless of whether or not a government shutdown has gone into effect.

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Military personnel tasked with tracking Santa are supported by 1,500 volunteers who make this program happen yearly, NORAD said.

NORAD's Santa Tracker allows people to see Santa's location across a map of the world, including his next stop and his expected arrival time at a selected location.

The federal government partially shut down at midnight Saturday after lawmakers were unable to reach a budget agreement.

'All Post Offices will remain open for business.

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