(HONOLULU) — While President Obama is spending this Christmas Eve afternoon golfing in Kaneohe Bay, the First Lady Michelle Obama has been hard at work helping children from across the country track Santa’s every move.
The First Lady spent roughly 30 minutes answering calls from children asking where Santa was located as part of the annual NORAD Tracks Santa program run by the North American Aerospace Defense Command, according to a White House official.
The NORAD Tracks Santa program began in 1955 after a phone call was made to the Continental Air Defense Command Operations Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The call was from a local youngster who dialed a misprinted telephone number in a local newspaper advertisement. The commander on duty who answered the phone that night gave the youngster the information requested – the whereabouts of Santa. This began the tradition of tracking Santa, a tradition that was carried on by NORAD when it was formed in 1958.
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