NORAD’s Holiday Mission 追蹤聖誕老人 This military organization helps kids track Santa’s progress around the world every Christmas. 這個軍事機構每年聖誕節都幫孩童追蹤聖誕老人在全球的進度。
NORAD is a military organization that was created to stop enemy planes from attacking the US and Canada. The people of this organization take their jobs very seriously. However, every Christmas Eve they take on a special mission. NORAD staff use their advanced equipment to track Santa Claus across the world so that curious children can tell when Santa is on the way. This unusual mission started in 1955, when a US newspaper ran an ad inviting children to call Santa. By mistake, the newspaper printed NORAD’s telephone number on the ad. When NORAD workers received these calls, they didn’t want to disappoint the children. So, they pretended to be Santa’s helpers and gave updates▼ on where Santa was flying. It’s been over 60 years since then, and the tradition is still alive. Last Christmas, 1,500 volunteers answered more than 150,000 calls about Santa. Kids can also check on Santa by using social media or a special app. Although the tradition is lots of fun, NORAD is serious about doing a good job. It even created a handbook▼ to help soldiers answer questions about Santa. Thanks to NORAD’s protection, it seems certain that Santa will arrive safe and sound wherever he goes.