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NORAD Santa trackers have record holiday

Posted on Sunday, 25 December, 2011 | Comment icon 23 comments

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Volunteer Santa trackers reported a record number of calls and queries asking about Santa's progress.

Trackers at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado received over 102,000 telephone calls requesting updates on Santa's whereabouts as he raced across the globe delivering presents. The Facebook page also received almost 1 million likes, both statistics were signficantly higher than those for last year. "The phones are ringing like crazy," said Lt. Cmdr. Bill Lewis.

"Santa tracking volunteers at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado said they fielded about 102,000 telephone queries beginning early Saturday on his progress, breaking the previous mark of 80,000."

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Comment icon #14 Posted by Swadwa on 27 December, 2011, 3:54
Actually, you mean legend. A myth has a basis in fact, like mythology - a legend is a story like in urban legend. Nice excuse though - same thing as believing in an imaginary saviour – first tell them about Santa and scare the kids into being good, then when they are adults they will believe that you need to be a good Christian or the imaginary saviour will not save your soul – NICE!
Comment icon #15 Posted by puckmomma on 27 December, 2011, 3:59
Love the Norad Santa Tracker. We go online and track Santa and the kids get all excited. Us adults even get excited as we see santa get get closer to our state and when he got to Wisconsin the kids are like "we got to get to bed NOW!!! He's almost here" They were like in bed at 10:05pm. So Cool.
Comment icon #16 Posted by puckmomma on 27 December, 2011, 4:04
I think of it as Partaking in a Fairy Tale. It's o.k. to have a little fantasy in your life. If you believe in aliens aren't you also partaking in a fairy tale? just food for thought. I mean you can go further and say religion also, but I believe in god and Santa, and the tooth fairy and prince charming and aliens.
Comment icon #17 Posted by Lilly on 27 December, 2011, 14:34
I honestly think very few people use the notion of Santa Claus in order to scare children and force them into believing in Christianity. If anything, the extremely religious don't care much for the highly secularized Santa Claus of modern times.
Comment icon #18 Posted by randym23 on 27 December, 2011, 16:16
people approve of it because it primes kids for unquestioning belief without the need for evidence. it's no coincidence that there's a resemblance between belief in Santa and belief in god. i never saw the point of Santa either. it's cruel to do this really. It's like tricking someone into thinking they've won the lottery then taking it away from them! In fact, it's worse than that. You've lied to them FOR YEARS. It kind ind of damages trust I think. Better to never tell your kids the lie to begin with! tell them something else that is fun that you d... [More]
Comment icon #19 Posted by Rafterman on 28 December, 2011, 22:46
That's just sad.
Comment icon #20 Posted by Lilly on 29 December, 2011, 22:35
Two years ago my then 24 year old daughter suddenly became seriously ill. As the doctor spoke to her telling her of her treatment options and how the situation was grave she told him this, "My Mom needs to make the decisions here because I trust her with my life". Trust between a parent and a child has very little to do with Santa Claus, very very little. Just to add my daughter pulled through and although her life is very much changed she remains an optimistic young woman who absolutely loves being a Kindergarden teacher.
Comment icon #21 Posted by Mr_Snstr on 30 December, 2011, 0:01
Are any of you still bitter about learning the truth about Santa? I suspect, and this is speculation based mostly on anecdotal evidence; that people aren't that heartbroken over it, certainly not in anyway that carries on to adulthood. Appealing to a childs imaginative side allows them to continue being a child. Appealing to a "childs rational side" forces them to accept the world as it is; without a fully developed mind and sense of purpose, this is far more cruel IMO. It nurtures the imagination; which by effect forces the child to question what has been told to them... [More]
Comment icon #22 Posted by Michelle on 30 December, 2011, 0:52
Good can an adult be so bitter about a childhood fantasy? I'm sorry, but...grow up and get over it! You've got more serious issues to deal with than Santa. The majority of the rest of us took it for what it was and blew it off. I hate if you were traumatized in some way, but get off the ones that enjoyed it and turned out perfectly fine with our parents. And no, I am not a Christian. Merry Christmas!!!
Comment icon #23 Posted by Rye17 on 30 December, 2011, 4:23
I will be the first one to agree with anybody when they say Christmas is a load of crap but I will say that when I could pull out my phone and show my kids that Santa was in London or Egypt or where ever, then seeing the excitement ion their faces when he hit the east coast and he was getting closer... I think its worth the 40 some dollars or what ever small amount of money it took to integrate a gps app with a time zone I fail to se where this is a waste of time and money. Go to any app store and look at the apps people are charging for...

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