Tracking Santa


This year Santa Claus is getting an escort; but not everyone is happy to see his high flying security detail.

Since the 1950's NORAD has sponsored a Santa tracking mission. It helps kids locate Santa and determine how close he is to their chimney. This year for the first time NORAD is adding a twist to its tradition of tracking an animated Santa Claus and his reindeer around the globe.

Now it shows two military fighter jets escorting Santa; something NORAD says gives a realistic feel to a popular feature. NORAD spokesman, Navy captain Jeff Davis says it wanted to let people know that tracking Santa is a military mission and one that it takes very seriously. But not everyone is excited for the change.

One child advocacy group says the video plays on a child's fear that Santa Claus is vulnerable to attack. It considers this a way to interest kids in the military when it's not supposed to be recruiting until they're eighteen. Click the link to check out the video. See when Santa will be flying your way.