It’s a 63-year-old Christmas tradition that even a partial government shutdown can’t stop.
The North American Aerospace Defense and Command is still planning to track Santa Claus as he makes his way across the world.
Children and families have been following Santa’s journey across the country since the 1950’s. The fate of the tracker for Christmas 2018 seemed to be jeopardy on Friday, as a partial government shutdown went into effect just days before Christmas.
NORAD eased everyone’s worries, however, as the department issued a statement on Twitter, stating:
In the event of a government shutdown, NORAD will continue with its 63-year tradition of NORAD Tracks Santa on Dec. 24. Military personnel who conduct NORAD Tracks Santa are supported by approximately 1,500 volunteers who make the program possible each and every year.
Beginning at 6 a.m. on Christmas Eve, you can speak to a live Santa tracker by calling 1-877-446-6723 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
To track Santa yourself, click here.