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Unfazed by pandemic and supply chain issues, Santa prepares for his annual flight


DENVER, Dec.24 (Reuters) – Undeterred by pandemics, supply chain problems and labor shortages plaguing overland commerce, Santa Claus was due to launch his reindeer sleigh on Friday for giving Christmas gifts to good girls and boys around the world, according to military officials who track his flights.

“Santa has been doing this for centuries, he’s a professional,” said Canadian Army Captain Alexandra Hejduk, spokesperson for the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).

NORAD, a joint US-Canadian military command based at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is responsible for monitoring air defenses and issuing aerospace and maritime warnings across North America.

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NORAD’s Santa Claus tracking practice originated in 1955, when a Colorado Springs newspaper misprinted the phone number of a local department store so young people could call and talk to Santa, mistakenly listing the number of what was then called the Continental Air Defense Command. A duty officer took the calls and assured the children that Santa Claus, also known as Kris Kringle or Saint Nicholas, was aware of their wish lists and was on his way.

The annual tradition has continued for 66 years and is now part of NORAD’s mission.

Followers of the Merry Old Elf can get real-time updates on his whereabouts by logging into noradsanta.org or through various social media platforms, or they can call a NORAD-sponsored Santa Hotline to talk with a live operator.

Other US government agencies were also preparing for Santa’s visit.

The US secret service, which is responsible for protecting the president, also ensures the safety of Santa Claus, the agency said in a statement posted on Twitter, accompanied by a video showing its agents preparing for the duties of protecting Santa Claus. .

“The Big Red Protective Detail is selected, assembled and ready to fulfill its seasonal mission,” the statement said. “The American public can be assured that MS Claus here from the North Pole will travel safely throughout his tour of the United States.”

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Reporting by Keith Coffman in Denver; Editing by Steve Gorman and Leslie Adler

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