The program began on December 24, 1955 when a newspaper advertisement for Sears gave out a phone number for kids to call Santa. But as it turns out, that number was wrong and kids were actually calling the Colorado Springs Continental Air Defense Command.
The staff on hand that night taking the calls took it in stride and actually gave out Santa's information to the children and the tradition was born.
They been tracking Santa ever since. NORAD's volunteers actually take about 40 calls per hour each, and the program now has over 100,000 followers on Twitter and nearly 1 Million fans on Facebook.