Dating back to the Cold War, volunteers every year answer calls and emails from children from across the world asking where Santa is located.
The Santa tracker became a Christmas Eve tradition in 1955 when a child accidentally called the Continental Air Defence (CONAD) command in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
At the time, Colonel Barney Oldfield said: 'CONAD, Army, Navy and Marine Air Forces will continue to track and guard Santa and his sleigh on his trip to and from the US against possible attack from those who do not believe in Christmas'. Somehow, a tiny voice in my head, that mommy voice, warned me - next year things may be a little different. Amidst the Christmas joy, a video of a man dressed as Santa Claus has gone viral and breaking the internet.
McClanahan and McDowell both say that Santa has many requests to join him in his work when he visits, and he selects some temporary help on occasion, especially from children.
Last year, for our first Christmas without my dad, we took the surprise life insurance payout and made a decision to go to Hawaii. "But it was not a real Santa", she said matterof-factly.
Col. Harry Shoup was in charge that night, and instead of hanging up, he had his operators find Santa and report on his location. New volunteers get a playbook that briefs them on the questions kids might ask. A lady in one nursing home even took his hand and when he turned to look at her, she asked, 'Can I walk with you, Santa?'
My father's favorite Christmas carol was "Silver Bells".
So even as I go to a Christmas party tonightwhere children are going to sit on Santa's lap and tell him what they want for Christmas, I know my children won't be doing that.
Parents and guardians will also want to ensure their children are in bed before Santa arrives so he stops and makes his much-anticipated delivery.
A girl told Hill she wanted to warn Santa not to bump into a bell hanging on her door.
I too love Christmas, but in less obvious ways.
If you also bring me one of those new white racing suits, I promise I'll leave cookies and milk out for you in return.
You can also track Santa using Amazon Alexa by installing the "NORAD Tracks Santa" skill which is free from Amazon.